What does the wheel of fortune tarot card mean?

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The wheel of fortune is part of the Major Arcana deck of tarot cards.

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The Wheel of Fortune is a huge wheel that has many hidden details. Around the edge of the wheel are the letters TARO, which spell out TAROT as the wheel is turned. They are also thought to stand for TORA, an alternative word for ‘Torah’, or law. There are a number of animals around the wheel, all representing different things; a snake, which represents the Egyptian God of Evil, Typhon; an Anibus, the Egyptian God of death; and a Sphinx, the symbol of wisdom and strength. There are also representations of the four fixed signs of the Zodiac; Aquarius, Leo, Scorpio, and Taurus.

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Meaning

The Wheel of Fortune is a symbol of the Wheel of Life, a reminder that life keeps going and the cycle is always turning and changing. If you are going through a hard time right now, have hope that the wheel will turn and soon enough your luck will return. Similarly, it’s important when things are going well that things can change, so always remember to prepare for rainy days. This card is also about Karma, and reminds you that what goes around, comes back around. Treat others how you wish to be treated. If you put good out into the world, you should receive good fortune in return. Sometimes this card is a reminder to let go of trying to control everything in your life and trust in the universe.

Reverse Meaning

If you draw the Wheel of Fortune in reverse, it could mean that a streak of good luck you’ve been having is unfortunately about to end, and you are going to face some difficult challenges. You may feel like some things are slipping further out of your control. Though it’s tempting to grasp on as tightly as possible, sometimes it’s best to simply trust that the universe will make things right in time. On the flipside, you may just be coming out of a bad period of your life, and this card is a sign that things are about to get much better.

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