The Card of the Day: The Wheel of Fortune (Reversed)
"When the Wheel of Life feels like it is moving in reverse."
The Wheel of Fortune symbolizes the changeable nature of daily life. In the 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 rim 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 rim of the wheel, rising or falling with each unexpected event that happens? 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 rim 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.
This card foretells good fortune and luck for those who find their way back to their center.
When the Wheel of Fortune appears reversed it highlights cycles, patterns and recurring lessons. Just as a wheel that moves in reverse brings a vehicle backward, so to the reversed Wheel of Fortune can take you back to a life-lesson that keeps repeating itself over and over. Getting frustrated at the repeated lesson is fruitless. The lesson is recurring because it holds the key to moving forward. Once you accept the lesson, and do the work on self-improvement, the wheel will begin to move forward once again. Life occurs in cycles, sometimes you are up, and sometimes you are down, the key is not to become overly attached to the place you find yourself on the wheel at any given moment. This inevitably leads to unnecessary suffering.
It can be so frustrating to want to move forward only to find that you keep seeming to move backwards. However, success is hardly ever arrived at in a straight line. The journey toward success bends, and curves and spirals, sometimes looping back over itself. Sometimes you will feel like you are back where you started, with no progress being made....but this is an illusion. Wisdom is accumulated with each cycle. Each time you revisit a challenge you know it more intimately, and see dimensions that were not apparent before.
The Wheel is made not just its outer rim (a symbol for the external world), it's source of strength is its center, the hub (a symbol for the divine center within you). Today, don't get angry at recurring cycles, there is a lesson to be found in them. The Universe is always showing you ways to move forward through patterns, but sometimes you do need to go back and pick up an important part of your center that was left behind.
Don't personalize the ever-turning wheel, whether you find yourself rising or falling. Ask yourself what the Universe is trying to teach you through the cyclical patterns you are experiencing. Sometimes, finding "the missing piece of you" in the place where you are stalled is just the remedy needed to get moving forward again.