The Wheel of Fortune shows our Universe set against the cosmos. A twelve spoked wheel bearing multi-colored stones is overlaying the Universe, with the Sun as its hub. The stones at the compass points each bear a letter – T in the North, A in the East, R in the South and O in the West. A blast of light shoots forth from each of the wheel’s spokes. We see Jupiter with its huge red spot, Saturn with its rings, red Mars and glorious Earth enhanced by the swirling cosmic spiral of stars. The Greenwood Wheel of Fortune shows a shirt being created that bears various figures – a bear, a stag, a human, a horse, a sun and a moon. They are each part of the bigger picture; components of the whole. They remind us that we are all
When I first saw the Wheel of Change card my first reaction was that it looked like the Big Bang in action. The Sun’s radiant glory swirling out to embrace the Universe. Looking deeper I note the twelve spokes on the wheel symbolizing the years or the zodiac signs. The planets floating in space each exert their influence in our lives. This card reminds me that there is a cosmic plan in our lives – our horoscope might be one way to explain and examine this plan. I don’t see it as something which sets our every move in stone but more as a guideline, a roadmap or our options and possibilities. I remember a psychology teacher once telling me that humans are often born with the potential for something (we were discussing illnesses and behavior patterns) but he pointed out that our environment and what experiences we are exposed to will determine whether these predispositions manifest themselves. That is how I see our astrological charts. They are guide posts, potentials and possibilities but not our only options. The Greenwood Wheel of Fortune offers a similar sense – there is obviously a pattern that is being followed. We may not see the overall pattern but it is clear we are part of it. We are woven together in a way that makes us interdependent upon each other.
This Wheel of Fortune reminds me of the song Circle of Life from The Lion King. In this image Jupiter’s influence is supreme and Saturn’s is waning. But we all know that eventually Saturn will have its return. Just as we know that Mercury will eventually go retrograde. But at the same time I see the Sun at the center of this marvelous cosmos representing us – after all aren’t we always the center of our own lives. Our radiance and light shines on all those around us, and we influence them as much as we are influenced by them. This Wheel of Fortune is a reminder that we are not alone when we goes through these cycles in our lives. There are others around us who can help guide us and assist us in handling these phases. And hopefully we will be there for them in turn. Maybe the Wheel is our plans, our goals and our dreams, with the influences of the Universe flowing underneath.
Reversed, this card suggests that there are things changing inside me. I can hear David Bowie singing “I’m going through changes” in my mind as I write these words. It’s a slow process, rather like moving stones, but they are occurring. Slowly but surely I am re-aligning myself to a new direction, a new path; orienting myself to follow a new star. I’m not sure where these changes will lead but there is a part of me that is very excited and hopeful to see how things turn out.