• Nicole Bishop

The Wisdom of The Wheel of Fortune

Updated: Oct 7, 2020

The tenth card {X} of the Major Arcana reminds us that nothing in life {including life itself} is permanent. Difficult time will come and go just as surely as good times will - everything in life rolls in and out like the tide. It's what makes life so bittersweet; it's impermanence. The Wheel is always in motion pushing things along whether we want it to or not, at a pace we don't have total control over. The lesson here is to lean in and surrender {as best as we can} to the motions the human existence offers us. It's all about mindset and balance, being open to the humbling nature of darkness and the delicious gift of light. Some people assume balance lies in the middle of road, walking calmly between the push and pull of light and dark, when really balance is all about understanding the two polarities to be able to ebb and flow between the two, not to avoid their wisdom at either end of the scale.

The Wheel takes us on the ride of life like a rollercoaster at an amusement park - there are ups and down and detours, surprises and twist endings. All we can do is throw our hands in the air and allow ourselves to accept the ride, even in the scary moments. Have you been on a rollercoaster you spent half of the ride wanting to get off of and as soon as it's over you want to do it all over again? That's kind of what life is like, only we don't get the opportunity for a second kick at the can in this body. Our opportunities lie in our waking moments to navigate the road ahead, and The Wheel's wisdom helps us with that.

The Wheel from the Rider Waite Tarot

The only thing that can stay the same even with the ups and downs fluctuating all around us is our own selves - our minds can shut out the world and retreat in either darkness or light. We can become so jaded and negative that the world around us appears to be a dim place no matter what is going on. "What's the point of trying?, What's the point in caring?" kind of attitude can allow life's sweet nectar to pass us by. On the other hand, a "positive vibes only" outlook can keep you ignorant to the humbling lessons that dark times bring. Sadness and anger are emotions that allow us to understand loss or the acknowledgement of where someone might have crossed a boundary we didn't know we had. Understanding that life does hand us lemons and sometimes it's not about making lemonade - it's about understanding the lemon.

Sit with your feelings whatever they may be, and understand them. Why do you feel a certain way, what is the environment around you, but also, what is the environment within? The Wheel seeks for us to embrace that ebb and flow on an internal level as much as understanding it outside of ourselves. There will always be things in life that we can't control, but we can control our outlook and we can control our reaction to it.

Life was not designed to be easy, but it wasn't designed to be hard either. It was created to just be and that involves both sides of that coin. How do you feel empathy for someone? Typically it's because you have walked in their shoes, even if not exactly, you can imagine the difficulty of their situation and it makes you want to help or at least be able to understand their pain. When we understand tough times it opens us up to wish good things for others or to not want others to be in pain. That's why this card is also known as The Wheel of Karma, because it represents how our actions come back to us, good or bad, so what do you want to put out into the world?

The Wheel from The Muse Tarot

The best thing we can do is accept that good and bad or light and dark exist in the world and we can't have one without the other. It's just about navigating them both as best we can and having gratitude for the good we experience or find, and acknowledging our strengths when we go through the difficult or dark - it's not about avoiding either one but embracing them when they're here, willingly or otherwise.

Although The Wheel of life might feel like an unpredictable rollercoaster, it's one ride that's worth the ticket price.

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