The Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Meaning

The Wheel of Fortune is one of the most important cards of the Major Arcana.

Below you will learn everything about its meaning both in the upright and reversed position.

In addition to the general interpretation, the topics of love, health, career, finances and destiny are also explained in detail.

The Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Meaning

The Wheel of Fortune Keywords

Upright: Chance, Fate, Turn, Change
Reversed: Misfortune, Rigidity, Impotence, Outbreak

The Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Description

On the Wheel of Fortune card is a large circle symbolizing our world. In the outer part of the wheel, there are the Hebrew letters of Yahweh, which means God.

The Latin letters make the word TORA, which translated means the holy law. The world is supported from the outside by God’s laws, which virtually frame and help determine our lives.

Inside the wheel, there are four alchemical signs, which stand for the four elements fire, water, earth and air, of which our world consists.

To the left of the Wheel of Fortune is a snake. It was considered sacred in Greek mythology. The snake was said to have healing powers and immortality since it could shed its skin and thus leave its old body behind.

The snake is thus a symbol of change and renewal. On the opposite side, we see the god Anubis. In Egyptian mythology, he is associated with the afterlife and death.

Anubis was also considered a judge of souls, who decided what happened to the deceased in the afterlife. High up on the wheel is the Sphinx, symbolic of wisdom and strength.

On the outer edges are four cherubim, sacred creatures that appear as heavenly protectors and companions. The winged bull, eagle, lion and man are also symbols of the 12 signs of the zodiac, which are formed by the four cherubim plus their respective two companions.

The cherubim frame the Wheel of Destiny. They oversee the constant flow of change so that there is neither stagnation nor chaos in the world.

The Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Meaning

Tarot Card Meaning

In a Tarot card reading, The Wheel of Fortune is a clear indication of a profound change in your life that is currently taking place. Such changes can unsettle you or have been hoped for by you for a long time.

Regardless of whether we evaluate the upcoming change as positive or negative, it allows us to gain new experiences and to grow with the challenges that come our way.

Because no matter if you are in a phase of happiness or doubt, the Wheel of Fortune keeps turning and will always lead you back to your “normality”.

The Wheel of Fortune Tarot card can also indicate a turning point in life. We are often under the illusion that we have complete control over our lives and daily routines.

That’s why we are easily thrown off course by both positive and negative strokes of fate. By accepting the flow of the world as given and natural, we will be well prepared for sudden turning points in our destiny and grow from them instead of breaking.

Only the karmic law of cause and effect allows you a small glimpse into the future. Keep in mind how your own actions here and now influence your future.

Another aspect of the Wheel of Fortune is the occurrence of chance in your life. Even when you have pre-planned important life events for yourself, there are always external influences that can disrupt your order.

But coincidences can be events in a positive sense. They help you, especially in a stressful phase of life and give you new strength. Coincidence is a companion throughout our lives, teaching us to accept situations as they are and to learn from them.

Chance has no memory. That’s why bad or good messages sometimes show up very concentrated. Therefore, enjoy the good times when they are given to you by fate and learn from the bad times.

The Wheel of Fortune Reversed Tarot card shows you a coming phase of misfortune. Perhaps you were just in a time of happiness and exuberance but the wheel of fortune keeps turning, so now rather negative events are casting their shadows ahead.

Don’t be discouraged by this. Instead, brace yourself for the coming storm and reflect on your inner abilities and resources. Because every phase of misfortune is automatically followed by a phase of relaxation and positive moments in which you can recharge your batteries.

By accepting that our fate gives us both positive and negative moments, we automatically attain a balanced state of mind and are well prepared for all eventualities.

Another meaning of the Wheel of Fortune Reversed is resistance to upcoming changes. We can’t influence or stop certain life events, such as aging, disease, or death.

Resistance to such natural cycles prevents us from living our lives free of fear and worry. If, on the other hand, we allow the changes and become aware of how important they are, we can live our lives much more consciously and intensively here and now.

Too rigid patterns of thought and action quickly leave us helpless in the face of unforeseen events. If instead, we are pliable and flexible, we will weather even the most violent storms of life.

The Wheel of Fortune Reversed encourages us to break out of entrenched thought patterns. Some patterns of thought and action are so ingrained that we are hardly aware of them anymore.

But just when such automated patterns are doing us more harm than good in our lives, it is time to break through these thought cycles. The first step to a breakthrough is the insight into which thinking patterns are responsible for the negative spiral.

Once you have identified these cycles, you can break them step by step and transform them into something positive. The Wheel of Fortune Reversed indicates family or professional cycles, in which you are currently very entangled.

The role given to you by other people is not rigid and fixed. You should question it if you feel that it does not correspond to your true self and needs.

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The Wheel of Fortune Tarot Love Meaning


As a single person, the Wheel of Fortune card reveals a change in your love life. New chances to meet someone are imminent, but you must actively use them for yourself to find a new partner.

Be mindful in which areas of your life suddenly changes occur, like in your job or circle of friends. Often you miss your opportunities to meet someone due to carelessness or too much distraction.

The Wheel of Fortune encourages the inquirer to trust more in their destiny. That means not to wait passively for True Love to happen but instead to use the presented opportunities in your everyday life.

Trust that your destiny will reveal to you a multitude of opportunities to discover a new love and try to seize these chances with all your heart.

Another meaning of The Wheel of Fortune is the effect of chance on your love life. Deep friendships and love relationships are often created by coincidences experienced in your daily lives.

However, you will only encounter such coincidences if you actively participate in life and move through the world with an open mind and spirit.

As a single person, The Wheel of Fortune Reversed Tarot card indicates stagnation in your love life. You are currently at a point where you have stopped looking for a partner and are content to live alone.

The cause of this rigidity often lies in past disappointments or the fear of being hurt. But your destiny holds many opportunities for you to meet new people for a partnership.

With their help, we can make new corrective relationship experiences. In this sense, the Wheel of Fortune Reversed reveals to break out of your inner cycles of fear and self-doubt and transform them.

Replace the fear of meeting someone with curiosity and be excited about the new experiences you will have while flirting. With practice, the feeling of fear will diminish as your confidence in flirting with other people increases.

The Wheel of Fortune Reversed signals that a previous streak of good luck in the area of love is about to end. Prepare yourself accordingly for receiving a lot of rejections in the near future.

Do not be discouraged by this. Every phase of bad luck comes to an end. It allows you to gain a lot of experience, which will pave the way for another time of luck.


In a relationship, The Wheel of Fortune means that your partnership will take a new turn. Such a change can be positive, such as the birth of a child or marriage, or of a negative nature, such as infidelity or separation.

During the card reading, you will intuitively feel in which direction your relationship will go. The change is not yet complete, so you and your partner still have the chance to counteract it.

The Wheel of Fortune can also mean that your relationship has already successfully gone through numerous ups and downs and you have created your own common destiny.

Such a common destiny binds you very closely together and allows you to overcome the numerous challenges in life together successfully.

In a relationship, The Wheel of Fortune Reversed reveals to you that hard times are coming. The partnership is put to test by various crises that can only be overcome together.

On the one hand, this means a high burden for the relationship. On the other hand, it is a chance to grow together and strengthen the common bond. The Wheel of Fortune Reversed also indicates that our relationship is frozen and there is little energy flowing between the partners.

Listen to each other and find out if there are still feelings for the other person to get this energy flow going again. In a partnership, cycles often form that can be positive and negative.

Many partnerships “work” well through such cycles and fixed role distributions, but if these are to the disadvantage of a partner, it is time to break these patterns and establish new rules and roles.

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The Wheel of Fortune Tarot Health Meaning

For your health, The Wheel of Fortune means that you should take care of your health right now. That includes regular check-ups with your doctor, sports and a healthy diet.

Because only if you do something good for your health at an early stage, you will stay vital and fit in the future and resilient against diseases.

In addition, the Wheel of Fortune stands for spontaneous recovery from one of your ailments that has been plaguing you for a long time. Such spontaneous recoveries express the overall good health you have built up over the years.

But just as suddenly as recoveries occur, new illnesses can also enter your life if you do not take good care of your body and mind.

The Wheel of Fortune Reversed represents a negative health prognosis. Treatment may not have worked properly or you may have been carrying a disease for a long time.

A cure just won’t happen overnight, no matter what you do. Instead of fighting your ailment, learn to live with it and still enjoy your daily life. Another meaning of the Wheel of Fortune Reversed is that you should question certain daily routines regarding their effect on your health.

For example, review your consumption of stimulants (sweets, alcohol, smoking) and break cycles that are detrimental to your long-term health by replacing them with health-promoting routines.

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The Wheel of Fortune Tarot Career Meaning

For your job, The Wheel of Fortune card means that there will soon be a significant turn in your professional life. That may include a change to another department or new areas of responsibility that will allow you to expand your skills and potential.

Furthermore, The Wheel of Fortune represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take up your dream job. Maybe you have been thinking for a long time about a new professional direction, which is more in line with your interests and passions.

Now an opportunity arises to make your dream come true, but you have to seize it in time because it will only be available for a short time.

If you draw the Wheel of Fortune Reversed in a tarot session, it indicates a very stressful professional limitation that you are powerless to face.

Some situations, such as bullying or work overload, cause us to fall into a kind of powerlessness due to the persistent strong stress, which makes us unable to act.

Don’t hesitate and get support from friends or professional advice so that you can free yourself from your rigidity with appropriate help.

Another aspect of the Wheel of Fortune Reversed is that an unforeseen event at work has brought you a lot of bad luck. Try to limit the damage and instead focus on the small things at work that make you happy.

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The Wheel of Fortune Tarot Finances/Money Meaning

In a financial context, the Wheel of Fortune reveals a considerable change in the future. In which direction remains open. It could be a salary increase, a profit, or a total loss of some of your investments.

In any case, you should increase your nest egg to prepare for all eventualities. Another meaning of The Wheel of Fortune is that you are offered a very promising investment, but it is only available for a short time.

Whether it is your dream car or a tempting piece of jewelry, check before buying whether you can afford your desire. If the answer is yes, you should quickly seize the opportunity.

The Wheel of Fortune Reversed reveals a great financial loss that you have to cope with. An unexpected event has strained your cash reserves and continues to do so.

Work your way back to your former prosperity slowly but with a plan and avoid major expenses at first to get back on your feet quickly.

In addition, the Wheel of Fortune Reversed shows that you are currently caught in a monetary cycle in which it is only about increasing your wealth but which does not make you happy.

Break with old ideas that money alone makes you happy or that a certain amount of wealth is necessary to feel fulfilled. The most valuable things in life cannot be bought with money but with love, of which each of us has an almost inexhaustible amount.

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The Wheel of Fortune Tarot Destiny Meaning

As a card of destiny, The Wheel of Fortune stands for upcoming turning points in your life that will have a great impact on you. Change is unstoppable, even if it can sometimes be difficult to adapt to new circumstances.

You will be able to grow from the challenges ahead when you are in flow with yourself and your environment.

The Wheel of Fortune Reversed reveals that difficulties lie ahead on your path. Some unforeseen life events can put us in a state of shock from which it is difficult to awaken.

But no matter what misfortune befalls you, it is ultimately only a temporary phase, which at the same time is the beginning of something new.

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