Alternative Tarot Course · Daily Tarot Card · Major Arcana

daily tarot card: Wheel of Fortune

wheel of fortune
wheel of fortune, morgan greer tarot

One thing I’ve always loved about this particular depiction of the Wheel of Fortune, is the implication of enjoyment between the crowned pair.  The male figure appears to be smiling and cheering his beverage, and while the reader cannot see the female figure’s face, the pair has a dancing posture.  They seem completely unconcerned with the figure who has fallen off the Wheel and out of the frame.

Another interesting element to this depiction is the Hand of God coming from the left of the frame.  In the Morgan Greer deck, this hand also appears in the Ace cards, presenting the elemental symbol to the Seeker.

Wheel of Fortune in itself is neutral, it signifies nothing good nor bad is coming, but it is a harbinger of change.  The basic meaning of the Wheel of Fortune is the cycles of life: is never the same, it is always changing.  There is nothing that humans can do to stop the forward, or cyclic, or spiral motion of our existence.  There is, as the pair on top of the Wheel shows, nothing to worry about as the Wheel turns.  We do not know what is coming, humans cannot control it — our destiny — as hard as we try.

The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind,
The kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

— Baz Luhrmann, “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen),” which was originally an essay written by Mary Schmich in the Chicago Tribune.

As number ten in the Major Arcana, the Wheel of Fortune is the middle of the Seeker’s journey — one could say it is the turning point of for the Seeker.  Here, the Seeker must confront the question of chance versus destiny, choice versus fate, the mystery of life.

This, however, leads to a conundrum within the question, which Rachel Pollack outlines in Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: human lives are so short that we cannot comprehend the meaning of life.  Thus, life feels meaningless.  We subscribe to the idea of fate, because we are so small that we cannot see the interconnectedness of all things.  It is only when we step back (the Hermit) that we can begin to perceive our life, what we’ve done and where we are going.

With the Wheel comes change, and to the change we must react.
After the Wheel, we must adapt and integrate.
Through the Wheel, we receive glimpses of the meaning of life.

I am blogging my experiences here with Beth Maiden’s Alternative Tarot Course which asks students to draw a card each day, reflect on it, complete weekly readings, and other assorted exercises.

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daily tarot cards: Two of Wands, Three of Cups, Ace of Wands

two of wands
two of wands, morgan greer tarot

January 13 & 14, 2019

Fun story:  I pulled the two of wands on Sunday, January 13.  Afterward, I “reset” my deck by sorting the suits and major arcana in order and let it rest overnight.  The next morning, I shuffled and pulled my daily card and got the two of wands again.  Another repeating card!  (Continue reading this post for yet another repeater…)

The two of wands shows a figure looking off toward the left field of the card.  To the left, the reader can see another wand and a hand holding onto it.  The main figure holds in their right hand a sphere, which may be a crystal ball, and there is a protective shield adorning their left arm, lending an earthy energy to the card.  Wands typically relate to a “creative” fire; I get more of an adventuring vibe from this card.  I am wondering of what they are thinking as they look at, and through, the crystal ball, toward their adventuring partner.

The two of wands is an invitation.  It comes just after the ace of wand, the spark of the fiery suit.  It’s the planning and contemplation, the first steps of the journey.  The crystal ball relates to the suit of air.  I could see the figure using it to reflect and explore their feelings around the upcoming journey.  The figure is on a journey to becoming themselves and realizing dreams along the way.

three of cups
three of cups, morgan greer tarot

January 15, 2019

My other repeater — I pulled this card on December 31, 2018.  This week, the relation of the three of cups to major arcana III, the Empress, came to the forefront.  How can I receive the good stuff from community?  How can I open up more to myself and to others?

On this day, I started Yoga with Adriene’s “Dedicate — A 30 Day Yoga Journey.”  There is a cultivated and everyday magic to this card and I feel that reflected in my dedication to my at home yoga practice.

ace of wands
ace of wands, morgan greer tarot

January 16, 2019

[The suit of wands in the Morgan Greer is officially named “rods,” but I still call it wands *shrug*]  I really like the earth element present in this fire card.  The wand itself is a large, leafy branch that comes out of the sky over a large forest.  There is a sense of pride radiating from this card acting as a strong support for the Seeker.  This ace is the beginning of a thrilling suit.  What creative and crazy adventures await?

“Potential is the kingdom of all beginnings.” — Notes from the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot

I am blogging my experiences here with Beth Maiden’s Alternative Tarot Course which asks students to draw a card each day, reflect on it, complete weekly readings, and other assorted exercises.