The Wheel of Fortune

In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about The Wheel of Fortune Tarot Archetype.

The Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Meaning

Part of the tarot archetypes, The Wheel of Fortune is the tenth trump, or Major Arcana, card in most Tarot decks.

Checkout this detailed breakdown of the meaning of The Wheel of Fortune tarot card.

Upright Meanings

A signifier of change, the Wheel of Fortune indicates destiny and luck.

For the recipient, changes are on the horizon, though not necessarily all easy despite being for the individual’s long-term good. The universe is helping the recipient reach their goals and has a plan for them, though it may be unclear to them.

The Wheel of Fortune the changing cycles of life which are a necessary, though sometimes uncomfortable, part of living.

As a karma card it reminds of the need to treat others well. The card means fate smiles on the recipient, making this a good time for spiritual development.

The universe will guide the recipient’s spiritual path if they seize their chances along the way, with opportunities and helpful people falling into place and much synchronicity happening.

In a relationship, the card means positive change is imminent, such as a new joint project or new relationship phase.

However, it can also mean upheaval where there is discontent in a relationship, with changes needed to make improvements or the time to break up arriving.

For single people, it indicates love will arrive if they work with the universe by going out and meeting people, being discerning in doing so.

As a destiny card it can signify soulmates, with singletons about to meet their or those in a relationship being meant for each other.

​The Wheel of Fortune indicates positive career changes are afoot, with now a good time to start a business or change careers. The universe will work to help the recipient achieve their dreams if they seize the day.

Where the recipient is happy in their career it can indicate challenging changes coming which, if embraced, will ultimately bring good things. Financially, Wheel of Fortune indicates change, make savings and prepare for the unexpected.

However, if things have been bad financially then they may be about to improve.

Health wise, the card may mean health problems will start to improve or adjustments may need to be made to account for health issues experienced.

The recipient may need to rest and relax, making positive changes to improve their health.

Reversed Meanings

Generally, the Wheel of Fortune reversed indicates unwelcome and negative change, with challenging times coming and change difficult to adjust to.

Things may suddenly deteriorate, leaving the recipient feeling powerless and like the world is working against them. However, the situation is likely of their own making and to resolve it they need to take responsibility for, and control of, the situation.

A brighter future is possible if lessons are learned.

Spiritually, the recipient’s faith will be tested but if they can retain faith they can connect more deeply to their higher self.

​The card indicates loss of spark in a relationship, but one should avoid rashly ending the relationship as this may be a phase. Rationally assess the situation as the problems may pass.

For single people, explore your behaviour and relationship choices to see if these can teach you lessons for when you get another chance as this could change your luck.

For both single people and couples the card represents setbacks but they should try to ride these out as things will improve.

​The card indicates a period of disruption or stagnancy in one’s career, with unwelcome changes on the horizon. The recipient should honestly assess their career and whether they have made the most of their opportunities.

Current setbacks are temporary and past mistakes can be learned from for when luck changes.

Now is not a time to take financial risks. The recipient may not have planned well financially in the past but finances will improve and lessons should be learned for the future.

​The card can indicate problems in one area of life are impacting on the recipient’s health. Remaining positive through change will help combat the stress.

Take care of yourself and your body throughout and your health will benefit.

The Wheel of Fortune Keywords

  • Good luck
  • Destiny
  • Change
  • Karma
  • Soulmates
  • Decisive moments
  • Cycles of life
  • Fate
  • Fortune
  • Upheaval
  • Chance
  • Bad luck
  • Upheaval
  • Disorder
  • External forces
  • Lack of control
  • Disruption
  • Unwelcome change
  • Delays
  • Set backs

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