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Wheel of Fortune tarot card meaning​

Main cover image Wheel of Fortune

The Wheel of Fortune stands for the cycle of life. The fate and fortune of us all is always changing. Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose. The important thing to consider is that your destiny is a journey of many emotions and ranges of luck. You are therefore encouraged to use this time to discover more about yourself and what luck you can bring to your heart. 

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Detailed meanings of Wheel of Fortune tarot card

Egyptian Grand Etteilla Tarot Wheel of Fortune

CARD NUMBER 20. – The Wheel of Fortune (Nebuchadnezzar).


Upright. – Positive developments, increase of fortune.

Reversed. – Disappointments, compromised fortune.

Wheel of Fortune tarot card advice main

The only thing that is constant is change.” – Heraclitus

The Endless Cycles of Life

Life is filled with a series of natural cycles. There is the cycle of birth and death, the constant marching of time, and even the generational cycle that connects ancestors to their descendants. These natural rhythms are unstoppable, but there are times when they may be wholly unpredictable. Oftentimes, we may only be aware of the fact that things are bound to change, even if we don’t know necessarily what they will evolve into.

The Wheel of Fortune represents this endless cycle, and reminds us of the fact that nothing is ever permanent. Every low period will eventually improve, and every period of prosperity will one day end. There is nothing that we can do to stop this cycle other than to prepare for whatever it may bring. In order to protect ourselves from the anguish of trying to control the uncontrollable, it is best to learn how to simply go with the natural flow of things, no matter how they may present themselves.

You are on the cusp of major change in your life; while you have no power to directly influence this change, you do have a say over how you will react to the new circumstances that are on the horizon. Don’t stress yourself out over what you stand to lose, and take this as an opportunity to look forward to what you stand to gain. Change may be frightening, but it is the underlying force that leads us to new experiences in life. Without change, we would stagnate in a single situation and never be able to move forward into the future.

Don’t be afraid of the natural progression of things, and find comfort in the fact that this period of change will lead you exactly where you need to be in life. Listen to the lessons that this change serves to teach you, as they will be the tools that you will need to adapt to the coming circumstances.

Wheel of Fortune meaning for relationship

Massive change is on the horizon for your romantic life. There is no clear indication whether or not this change is going to be positive or negative; this is a conclusion that you will need to reach by paying close attention to the nuances of your current situation. A current romantic partner may be thinking of initiating the next step in your relationship, or they may be thinking of calling it quits. If you are not currently in a relationship, then there may be someone that is thinking of making their feelings known to you. No matter how this change manifests, it is going to be drastically different from the lifestyle that you have become used to thus far.

Now is the time to listen closely to your romantic partner so as to prepare yourself for the changes that are just beyond the horizon. If you think that your relationship is suffering, then it may be time to start preparing yourself for the pain that comes with the end of a relationship. If things have been perfect between the two of you lately, then it is okay for you to start getting your hopes up; there are great things in store for the two of you, and they may have a surprise already at the ready. If you have been single for some time, then you may want to keep your eyes open for potential romantic partners that may be planning on making the first move. By preparing for change, not only will you be less surprised when it happens, but you will also be better prepared to deal with its consequences.

At the same time, this may also be a sign that it is time for you to initiate change that you have deemed necessary, but have been unsure about whether or not it is time for you to act upon them. There is no better time than now to pursue this change, as this moment in time is perfectly suited for the advancement of the natural cycle of things. However, be careful not to force anything that is not meant to happen; if it is meant to be, then you will find that this change will happen naturally once it is given a gentle nudge to get the ball rolling.

Wheel of Fortune meaning tarot


In this symbol I have again followed the reconstruction of Eliphas Lévi, who has furnished several variants. It is legitimate—as I have intimated—to use Egyptian symbolism when this serves our purpose, provided that no theory of origin is implied therein. I have, however, presented Typhon in his serpent form. The symbolism is, of course, not exclusively Egyptian, as the four Living Creatures of Ezekiel occupy the angles of the card, and the wheel itself follows other indications of Lévi in respect of Ezekiel’s vision, as illustrative of the particular Tarot Key. With the French occultist, and in the design itself, the symbolic picture stands for the perpetual motion of a fluidic universe and for the flux of human life. The Sphinx is the equilibrium therein. The transliteration of Taro as Rota is inscribed on the wheel, counterchanged with the letters of the Divine Name—to show that Providence is implied through all. But this is the Divine intention within, and the similar intention without is exemplified by the four Living Creatures. Sometimes the sphinx is represented couchant on a pedestal above, which defrauds the symbolism by stultifying the essential idea of stability amidst movement.

Behind the general notion expressed in the symbol there lies the denial of chance and the fatality which is implied therein. It may be added that, from the days of Lévi onward, the occult explanations of this card are—even for occultism itself—of a singularly fatuous kind. It has been said to mean principle, fecundity, virile honor, ruling authority, etc. The findings of common fortune-telling are better than this on their own plane.

Wheel of Fortune meaning for job and career

While many desire consistent employment that provides economic stability and reliable benefits, this is not always going to be the case. You may need to cycle through many jobs before you find your dream career, and your time in these positions may be fraught with chaos and tumultuous change. As jarring as it may be, this is a natural part of the work-cycle, and serves to teach us how to be far more adaptable employees.

Once we have learned how to cope with this change, we will then be able to apply the lessons that we have learned to similar situations. Not only does this make us much more valuable employees, but it also shows potential employers that we are capable of altering our work strategies to better fit the specific issue at hand.

While you may be struggling to cope with the changes that have been happening in your work place lately, this is a perfect opportunity for you to learn how to be an even better employee. You may have recently started a new job, and are doing everything in your power to learn how to best fulfill your new work duties. You may have recently lost your job, and are trying to put yourself out there on the job market so as to find new employment as soon as possible.

While your current situation may feel daunting and completely impossible to overcome, have faith in the fact that this time will pass. You will eventually get comfortable in your new position, and you will find that the transition from “new-hire” to “seasoned employee” will pass by smoother than you expect it to. While your prospects may feel beak at the moment, remember that for every door that is closed to you, another will always open. Use this period of tumultuous change to look for new opportunities that you may not have previously recognized. Don’t exhaust yourself by trying to control the situation, but instead try to funnel your efforts into finding an approach to adapting to these new circumstances.

Wheel of Fortune reversed main meaning

A cycle will one day have to go full circle back to the point that it started from. When the Wheel of Fortune tarot card appears in the reversed position, it may be a sign that you have been forced to start back from square-one. It can be particularly devastating to feel as though you’ve made no progress, but this may be a sign that you need to rethink the way that you are approaching the situation at hand. This does not mean failure; instead, consider it as a second chance to do an even better job this time around.

Furthermore, knowing what it is like to reach this point will motivate you to work even harder towards success in the future. If you truly believe that you are at rock-bottom, then this mean that there is no way for things to get any worse than they currently are. Take a moment to step back and recognize the positive of your current situation, and be grateful for the fact that you always have the opportunity to try again.

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Wheel of Fortune meaning

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