Tarot Saturday 6: The Wheel of Fortune & Justice

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My crew, it’s Satur(n)day so I’m coming at you with another tarot post about the deeper meanings of the Major Arcana cards 🙂 Today we are focusing on two stellar influences in the human soul’s spiritual development: The Wheel of Fortune and Justice. These two harbingers of good luck and divine retribution are always good omens to see in a tarot spread. Again, I am sharing with you a compilation of the notes I made while studying the booklets of my 13 tarot decks. Hope they can help inspire your divination practice!

The Wheel of Fortune (linked to Jupiter)

The Wheel of Fortune card in the classical Ryder-Waite Tarot, illustrated by Pamela Colman-Smith
  • Tha card of Vision. When it appears it portends good luck, chance, unplanned and unexpected happenings. A clear sign that destiny calls (imagine this card together with the Judgement card in a reading!).
  • It also represents a crossroad, the point where fortune changes; something has to break in order for something else to emerge. Can also signify the end of a difficult period.
  • In a love reading, it depicts how you move through the ups and downs of of your relationship (and whether things are stalling or are being set in motion again). It might predict a change in status (imagine this card together with the 4 of Wands or the Hierophant in a reading!).
  • A threshold; bad luck will be overcome with solidarity and mutual help. Accept  that being at the mercy of fate is part of the human condition; let go of the struggle, a sign that whatever situation you are considering will improve. Portrays the cyclical nature of things, the natural cycles of life and seasons. New circumstances are eing created through Divine guidance.
  • Plans are set in motion; step back a bit from your work to see the full cycle. You are soon to stumble upon new opportunities. You are soon to experience many synchronicities that remind you that Spirit has your back. Continue to move, to be fluid and changeable.
  • Divine chaos. A series of lucky breaks will manifest which shows you are on the right track. The risk or gamble will play out to your benefit. Inevitability and culmination.
  • In the Dreams of Gaia Tarot this card is represented by Wisdom – breaking a cycle, loving the whole, the situation can have many different outcomes, many destinations. You are blessed with options.

Life’s a wheel of fortune and it’s my chance to spin it.

Tupac Shakur
A 4-minute video I created describing this card my YT channel ‘The Spiritual Social’

Justice (linked to Libra)

The Justice card (German version) in the classical Ryder-Waite Tarot, illustrated by Pamela Colman-Smith
  • The card of balance, mediation, compromise and fairness. When it appears in a reading it indicates that the veils of illusion, misdirection and self-deceit are finally lifting. Justice demands clarity, simplicity and honesty. We must accept the truth of what we have done and what has happened to us. There is a need to balance our actions with our circumstances.
  • In a love reading, this card represents the perfect woman, the ideal female counterpart. The scale brings into focus our integrity and our creative spirit. It marries our present with our future, signalling the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end of a situation.
  • The symbolic tools of Justice are the sword of rigor and precision & the scales of impartiality, foretelling the equal importance in life of both reward and punishment. In some decks, Justice is surrounded by spheres like full moons, and these represent ideas put into words.
  • A fair outcome is at hand, after a time of struggle. A reminder to check in with yourself, to ensure that your beliefs are in tune with your visible actions. Any move you make now will have consequences so choose the higher ground. Justice stands for Libra and the rule of Saturn, so it represents honor, karma and responsibility in legal matters.
  • Actions favoured by this card: accepting the outcomes of your actions; applying the same moral standard to yourself and to others; setting a course for a decisive action after carefully weighing all the facts; dealing with the situation at present, in a methodical way and by checking all the facts and controlling your passions.
  • Denotes a strong character who can vacillate between corruption and fairness. This card also shows the ability to attain what we really merit. Could symbolize a castrating maternal figure as well.
  • In the Chinese Tarot, this card depicts Wei T’o, a soul who postpones its self-enlightenment in order to help others reach enlightenment. So Justice in this context is about considering the greater good of everyone involved. Commitment and trust are the necessary qualities to find a positive solution to the problem.
  • NOTE: In some tarot decks (for inexplicable reasons) the number of the Strength card is flipped with the number of the Justice card. So you might find that the Strength card is nr. 8 in some and 11 in other decks (and viceversa with the Justice card).

Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.

Ruth Bader-Ginsburg
A 4-minute video I created describing this card my YT channel ‘The Spiritual Social’

Adapt the meanings of these two cards according to the theme of the tarot spreads used. These cards will give you different insights according to whether you are doing a career, love or spiritual development reading. Reversed cards are to me just blocked energy, so feel free to use your divination abilities to energetically unblock these two cards. As you unlock these two Major Arcanas, simply feel the power and deep inner knowledge that is available to you. Enjoy!

A careful balancing act? Photo from Unsplash.com

With universal love,

Lexi ❤


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