The Wheel of Fortune

The Wheel of Fortune

The archetype of repetition and cycles. We do not do things only once. That is the bottom line. If we fail in the embodiment of the previous archetypes we will come back into incarnation and do it again until satisfied with the achievement produced.

The soul’s measure of success for a lifetime is shown by the arcanum The Chariot. Have we done what we set out to do in this incarnation, or by a certain time frame in this incarnation? If yes, then a new cycle may begin. If not, then we may repeat the plan. That is why Justice is right after the Chariot.

Besides accomplishment there is another prime mover of the wheel. We cannot escape the wheel of Fortune until debt is paid. The Hermit and Justice with their natural-law-abiding wisdom make sure of that. The sphinx figure holding the sword atop the Wheel of Fortune is Justice. It is touching the wheel and decides when to turn or when to stop the wheel. The invisible hand of God which turns the crank abides gracefully to our, so called, “free will”.

Waite’s swapping of Strength and Justice in his deck is incongruent from a spiritual path perspective. First karma is paid and accomplishment measured and only then can we say a particular cycle has ended and a new one has begun spiritually. Justice must, by natural law, come before the Wheel of Fortune, not after. We don’t go to jail and then are found guilty or innocent afterwards. “Justice” on every level, works the other way around. Karma means: cause and effect. That is a law on the physical plane.

The result of paying karma successfully (which the Hermit‘s is an enabler of) and moving forward rather than cycling back, indeed is spiritual maturity, wisdom, integrity and Strength.

Read the related article: Justice vs. Strength.

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