Wheel of Fortune (10) – Major Arcana

The Wheel of Fortune’s central question concerns one’s fate versus free will. On top of the wheel sits The Sphinx (Anubis). Anubis is the dog-faced God of Egypt who weighs the souls of the dead. He guides the wheel however he does not power it. The Wheel turns via the two entities on each side – both will turn the Wheel to be on the top and bottom in a cycle, similar to a see-saw. They are opposites, with different energies, and turn the wheel with this energy (yin/yang).

The sphinx wears a crown of divine power, and loosely holds a sword. One must confront the Sphinx with its philosophical answers, but mental gymnastics or clever answers cannot out-wit fate. One must try to rise above fate, however it is not possible another way must be discovered.

The Wheel is considered a container which holds all of nature’s prescribed boundaries and also as a source of energy which we use to transcend fate. The small, closed hub contains slow and dependable tempos and is not open to new elements or swinging tempo. The outer rim moves at a quick pace, and its elements include new sights in a rapid-fire sequence. However, the outer rim is unstable and lacks unity.

The Wheel’s energy flows (inner and outer) can be used to balance one’s energy in life. When one is confused and feels as though life is going too fast, the inner container can bring a sense of calm and stability. Conversely, when one is feeling lifeless, the outer rim revitalizes by connecting us to boundless energy. It is important to note that a person who considers perfection as a journey in life can be thrown around on the wheel by its cycles. The key to balancing these cycles is to discover that life is not full of the Sphinx’s riddles – it is to devote one’s journey to the cosmic process of wonder and mystery.

Source: Jung and Tarot: An Archetypal Journey, by Sallie Nichols