Sunday, March 15, 2009

WHEEL OF FORTUNE - Astrological Associations

I continue my astrological exploration of the Major Arcana with Trump 10, The Wheel of Fortune. The use of astrological associations with Tarot is completely up to the reader. This is merely intended to be interesting and fun.

Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley
Crowley titles this card Fortune and attributes it to the planet Jupiter (Book T calls it "The Wheel of Fate" and also attributes it to Jupiter). Jupiter is the planet of luck, expansion, abundance, and wisdom. Traits associated with Jupiter include optimism, cheerfulness, success, extravagance, and overconfidence. Crowley writes: "It would be narrow to think of Jupiter as good fortune; he represents the element of luck. The incalculable factor."


One World Tarot by Crystal Love
This deck associates The Wheel of Fortune with the planet Uranus. Love explains that Uranus represents "impersonal drives and ambitions. . . electricity and technology. . . insight and inspiration, sudden unexpected events, and groups and societies." She notes that the Wheel of Fortune can be said to rule "inspiration, sudden flashes of insight, sudden and unexpected changes, the unusual, the unconventional and the innovative, and has association with clubs, groups and societies, music technology, computers, electricians and electrical engineers." Love's Wheel of Fortune card depicts the Buddha levitating above The Wheel, "demonstrating that he has achieved enlightenment."

A.E. Thierens, PhD. (Astrology & the Tarot)
Thierens associates The Wheel of Fortune, Trump 10, with the tenth sign of the zodiac: Capricorn (a cardinal Earth sign known for being disciplined, responsible, hard-working, ambitious, and determined -- the sign associated with career and reputation). Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, planet of discipline, responsibility, restriction, and limitation. Thierens writes that The Wheel of Fortune "denotes the authorities to which the querent is subject, but also his own actions, deeds, manifestations and the position in the world which he occupies, his name and titles. . . It is the card of karma in the strict sense."

The Celestial Tarot by Brian Clark
This deck links The Wheel of Fortune with the planet Jupiter, representing "expansion and growth. . . vision and prophecy." Clark writes: "Ultimately, one of the greatest gifts bestowed by Jupiter is the blessing of faith and knowing there is a divine reason underlying the necessary change. Optimism and trust in the process of life are Jupiterian assets, which keep the human spirit aloft even when misfortune strikes."


The Mandala Astrological Tarot by A.T. Mann
Mann associates The Wheel of Fortune with the planet Jupiter, planet of "idealism, vision, expansion, mania, success popularity, religion." Mann tells us that Jupiter "transcends time, ruling the higher mind of Sagittarius and the devotion of Pisces."


The Whispering Tarot by Liz Hazel
This deck links The Wheel of Fortune with "Jupiter, the full moon (three days before and after), and the progressed full moon." (Progressions in astrology are something I won't take the time to explain here. If you're interested:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrological_progression .




The most common association seen in these examples is that between The Wheel of Fortune and the planet Jupiter. Love's association of the card with Uranus doesn't work well for me. The Capricorn attribution presented by Thierens is intriguing and makes sense to me in some ways.

I welcome your comments!

Zanna

4 comments:

  1. As I have said before, I know nuffin about Astrology :O) but I can see from what little I know the connection of Jupiter to the WOF in terms of the positive energies that this planet is suppose to have such as success, prosperity, good luck.

    But I also found Thierens' explanation interesting especially the last bit ""denotes the authorities to which the querent is subject, but also his own actions, deeds, manifestations and the position in the world which he occupies, his name and titles. . . It is the card of karma in the strict sense." Is he actually saying then that how the wheel falls really depends of what you have done in a previous life? or am I misunderstanding this.

    Knowing me it's probably the latter LOL

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    1. Somehow I didn't see your question on this way back in 2009, Helen! It sounds to me like Thierens is saying that our current position on the wheel arises from what we have done in the past (or in a past life).

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  2. I don't see the Wheel as connected to one sign, but connected to all of them.

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    1. That is an interesting way to view the Wheel, and I can see why you would look at it that way.

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