The Wheel of Fortune Card in Tarot

For today’s post, I have decided to focus on the Wheel of Fortune card in the Tarot.   This is the tenth card of the major arcana of the Tarot.    It is a card that is highly balanced, in that the Wheel of Fortune is all about the turning Wheel of Fate.    If you have been having a hard time, and have relatively good karma, then the appearance of this card in a reading is indicative of an upcoming upturn of the Wheel!   On the other hand, if you have been riding on a high, or have relatively poor karma or karmic debt to repay, then the appearance of the card in a reading is indicative of a possible downturn of the Wheel.

I personally have a very positive relationship with this card.    The card often appears in a reading for me when I am feeling very overwhelmed and uncertain about how my life is going.    It is a comforting appearance reminding me that anything that goes down must eventually come back up and what goes up must eventually come back down.   The imagery of the card usually has a wheel of some sort on it that shows us the obvious cyclical nature of this card.   In the Arthurian Tarot by John and Caitlin Matthews, the Wheel of Fortune Card is depicted as the famous Arthurian Round Table!   I really adore the idea of having the Round Table represent this card.   It is contextually perfect to adapt the Tarot into the Arthurian canon.    This also keeps the balanced aspect of the card, after all, the Round Table was round in order to prove that no one was above another, as the table has no head seat!

The tenth card of the major arcana is a lovely card to remind us that life has ups and downs.   It also reminds me of the meaning of The Holy Thorn card in The Mists of Avalon Oracle by Rose Inserra.   That card is described as a card of cyclical nature that has the blooming highs of the Hawthorn in bloom and the lows of being pricked by the thorns of the tree!    To me, that is equally balanced as the Wheel of Fortune card in the Tarot!    I hope that you have enjoyed this short analysis of my interpretation of the Wheel of Fortune Card in the Tarot.   Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Note on Image: The image at the top of the post is an illustration of the Wheel of Fortune Card.   I found the image on

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Further Reading

  • The Only Tarot Book You’ll Ever Need by Skye Alexander
  • The Arthurian Tarot by John and Caitlin Matthews
  • The Mists of Avalon Oracle by Rose Inserra