Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Meanings

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Wheel of Fortune’s Upright & Reversed Meanings

Wheel of Fortune (Reversed, Lacking)

Ideas: Implementation, plan, retrospection

Traits: Earnest, farsighted, honest, innovative, practical, reflective

Emotions: Desire, enthusiasm, longing, passion

  • Actions:
    • Breaking the cycle
    • Changing direction or course of action
    • Creating your own opportunities
    • Following your passion
    • Looking back on your past
    • Planning a preferred future
    • Putting things into motion
    • Taking control of your destiny
Wheel of Fortune (Upright, Balanced)

Ideas: Luck, cycles, karma, fate

Traits: Casual, confident, freewheeling, patient, playful, providential, spontaneous

Emotions: Contentment, enjoyment, optimism, relief, satisfaction

  • Actions:
    • Allowing events to unfold
    • Believing that what goes around comes around
    • Expecting that something good will happen
    • Going with the flow
    • Seeing the larger pattern in everyday events
    • Taking advantage of good timing
    • Trusting your luck
    • Watching for cycles
Wheel of Fortune (Upright, Excessive)

Ideas: Perfect time, uneventful routines, unrealistic expectations

Traits: Careless, complacent, compulsive, dependent, fatalistic, lazy, venturesome

Emotions: Annoyance, anxiety, disappointment, frustration, grouchiness, hope, irritation, regret

  • Actions:
    • Approaching life fatalistically
    • Having unrealistic expectations
    • Losing money gambling
    • Missing a golden opportunity
    • Refusing to do your part to bring a plan to fruition
    • Repeating uneventful routines
    • Taking every single chance
    • Waiting for the perfect time or opportunity

Wheel of Fortune’s Advice

Personal Growth

The actions you take today will influence your reality for days and years to come. Making wise choices now can free you from the unpleasant business of enduring repercussions further down the road.


You can’t plan every moment. Be spontaneous. Rather than strive for control, let go of the reins and see where the relationship goes. Check your behaviors. Are you reliving mistakes of the past?


Feeling a little déjà vu? Return to old files; new solutions might be lying dormant there. Ask yourself what this new opportunity has in common with older challenges. In analysis, take into account all influences, including those beyond your control.


Behold the delicate machinery of heaven! As you watch events unfold, keep your perspective. What seems impossible to understand today will make sense with the passing of time. Look for the larger patterns.

Wheel of Fortune’s Symbols & Insights

The Four Evangelists

Four winds of heaven, the four corners of the earth, four seasons, four classical elements, four fixed signs of the zodiac, and four Gospels. Matthew, who looks human, traced the human lineage of Christ. Mark, the Lion, wrote of someone “crying” (roaring) in the wilderness. Luke, the Ox, focused on Jesus as a sacrifice. John, the Eagle, emphasized the mystical, higher nature of the Christ. What strategy would help you most: tracing roots, communication, sacrifice, or mystery?

The Great Wheel

“To everything there is a season; a time for every purpose under heaven.” The wheel suggests the evolution of events, but also the cyclical nature of time and history. In your situation, what time has finally come?

Symbols and Letters

Using TARO as an alternative spelling, occultists came up with an anagram: TAROT ROTA ORAT TORA ATOR, or “The Tarot speaks the law of Hathor.” (Hathor was an Egyptian goddess of motherhood and love.) The Hebrew letters spell out the unspeakable name of God. The symbols are alchemical glyphs for mercury, sulfur, water, and salt. What might happen if you rearranged the basic elements of your situation?

Fantastic Beasts

The descending serpent or monkey once reigned. The Sphinx at the top now reigns. The ascending dog, or Anubis, will reign. Where are you in the cycle?

More About Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card

Some events are in the hands of heaven.
You’ve lived through this before. What happened then?
Within 12 years
“I trust in the cyclical nature of life and the ups and downs that come with it.”
The fates/destiny
Hebrew Alphabet
Numerology Numbers
(the end: finality, completion, exhaustion)
10 = 1 + 0 = 1
(the origin: the starting point, the seed, opportunity)
Astrology Element
Astrology Planet
The God in the Machine
Deus ex machina
Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos
An unforeseen event, completely out of the main character’s control, changes everything. Alternatively, decisions made in the past have unexpected present-day consequences.
Questions to Ask
How does this challenge fit into a larger pattern?
What role does luck play in my circumstances?
What can I control? How should I know when to relinquish control?
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