The Card of the Day: The Wheel of Fortune Reversed
“Make peace with life’s unpredictability.”
The Wheel of Fortune symbolizes the changeable nature of daily life. In her brilliant tarot book, "Following Your Path," Alexandra Collins Dickerman perceived the Wheel of Fortune as a metaphor for the changeable external world. The figures on the turning wheel illustrate that life brings periods where we feel on top of the world, and also times where we feel we hit rock bottom. Random things happen, sometimes good and sometimes bad. The edge of the wheel represents the external world with all its chaotic unpredictability. The center of the wheel represents our center, the vantage point of our best/higher/authentic self.
Are you stuck at the edge of the wheel, rising or falling with each unexpected event that happens? Is your self worth wrapped up in your image and what others think about you? Can you take unexpected events in stride, or are you inflexible? Do you panic when something doesn't go according to plan?
If we wrap up our whole identity and value with what "everybody out there" thinks at the edge of the wheel, we are doomed to emotionally rise and fall with each acceptance or rejection we receive. However, if we can attach ourselves to our center, we can watch the chaotic ups and downs occurring at the edge of the wheel objectively, without taking them personally.
Today it's time to stop going on an emotional roller coaster with each random event. Staying fixed at the edge of the wheel can get emotionally exhausting. The truth is we don't have complete control of every life event that occurs. Sometimes #*%@ happens! People act unpredictably. People get fired. People win the lottery. People get hurt. People get lucky. Events don't go according to plan. All we can control is whether we will let our best self handle the situation or our "scared self."
Today, take random things in stride. Good or bad. Fair or unfair. Bring your A-game to every unpredictable situation you find yourself in. Learn to laugh at it all. Don't take life personally. All you have control over is you and your chosen response. Respond with excellence. Stay in your center, in the eye of the storm. View your current situation with the higher wisdom that resides within. Let random events occur around you. If you are centered they will leave you unruffled and unscathed.
If the Wheel of Fortune appears reversed, it may be indicating that you are not viewing the current situation from the perspective of your inner Wise One. This "inner knowingness" will reassure you during chaotic times, reminding you that all of these seemingly chaotic events follow a pattern. Don't get bent out of shape with each rise and fall of the wheel. Stay in the eye of the storm, where you are always safe and protected. The wheel perpetually turns, what was up comes down, and what is down will rise again.