Card 10: The Wheel of Fortune

Meaning of The Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card

This card will usually depict a wheel, sometimes inscribed with esoteric or metaphysical symbols. Often parts of the wheel will be shown to be favorable, while some aren’t. You may also see symbolism that refers to the idea of fate in some way, like depictions of looms, weaving, scissors, or deities associated with fate in classic mythology.

The Wheel of Fortune Upright Meaning

There are bigger forces at play than you can see at the moment. But they are all coming together to benefit you. A good opportunity may drop in your lap seemingly out of nowhere. A good example of this energy is when Aladdin found the magic lamp after being tricked and trapped in a cave. Just remember, the wheel is always turning, so don’t expect the luck to go on.

The Wheel of Fortune Upright Keywords: twist of fate, luck in your favor, things coming together, a lifeline, unexpected benefit

The Wheel of Fortune Reversed Meaning

There are still bigger forces at play when the Wheel of Fortune is reversed, but instead of everything coming together easily or neatly, expect obstacles. It’s not a bad idea to double check plans when this card comes up in a reading. It can make the difference between a slight annoyance and a major derailment. Also as with the upright position, remember the wheel will keep turning and circumstances will change. This too shall pass. Mercury retrograde shares a lot of the same feeling of The Wheel of Fortune reversed.

The Wheel of Fortune Reversed Keywords: bad luck, missed opportunities, the timing is off, Murphy’s Law