The Meaning of The Wheel of Fortune [Card 10]

The Meaning of The Wheel of Fortune Tarot

At a Glance

The Wheel of Fortune Card #10 represents transcendence of earthly matters and acceptance of fate.

If You Drew This Card…

Tarot cards offer a range of meanings to draw insight from. Both negative and positive aspects of each card can resonate with various aspects of your life.

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  • What aspects of your life bring you happiness, and how can you expand on them?
  • Where can you go to get a better perspective on the current state of the world and/or your life?
  • How can you diversify your life and bring in new experiences?


  • Are you compartmentalizing too much, to the point that it causes you anxiety?
  • Are you wasting time fighting a fight that cannot be won?
  • Are you worn thin with all your commitments? Try drawing inward then branching out later when you are more at ease.

Interpreting the Symbols

  • Sphinx : Embrace life’s puzzles and find strength in the unknown.
  • Snake : The destructive capacities of fate as well as total change or transformation.
  • Anubis : Jackal-headed Egyptian god of reincarnation symbolizing transformation of soul or life-altering experience.
  • Earth, Air, Fire, & Water : Culmination of experiences to create a true and removed perspective.
  • Latin : The letters spell out a Latin phrase alluding to Hathor who is the goddess of destiny in Egyptian mythology.
  • Hebrew : The Jewish name for god which also mean earth, air, fire, and water.
  • Books : Taking note from the past. Learning about diverse experiences and taking those into yourself to gain perspective.

Charmaine’s Take

The Wheel of Fortune makes me think of the time my father and I rode the Ferris wheel. As we went up, my father got more and more anxious. He asked the conductor to stop the ride, but alas, we were too high and he could not hear us. When you are up high on the wheel, you cannot see people’s faces anymore, but that means instead you see the big picture. We saw the scummy neighborhood where we lived, we saw the creek and the train tracks, then we saw the mall and the big, rich redwood trees.

On this tarot card we see many forces coming together: all the elements of earth, all manner of animals, and we see the sky. This is a mental card – it is all about stepping back from the everyday and tapping into what you know rather than what you think you know. It is about accepting your fate, but not just that, it is about not being in denial about what you fate is. As Mark Twain says, “it’s not what you don’t know that kills you, it’s what you know for sure that ain’t true!”

Part of accepting our fate is really seeing some of the destruction that has taken place in our lives, if not your life directly, than in the world around you. The snake and the dog-god Anubis represent the reality of destruction, whether made by man or nature. However, Anubis is the god of reincarnation – where there is destruction there is also the capacity for transformation. Maybe you are ready for transformation beginning at your core aka in your soul. This is not a flippant change such as a new hairstyle, but a change that requires you to really get out of your comfort zone and take a risk, perhaps on behalf of others.

When my father and I came down from the Ferris wheel, we were again bombarded by the cotton candy and caramel apple sellers. It was frightening to be up high; sometimes it feels like you are not meant to be up there. But you are, and it is your job to keep your eyes open, to transform your soul, and to help others do the same, too.

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