The Wheel is a reminder that change is constant. Cycles are all around us. When you finish reading this sentence, you are literally not the same person as when you began reading it. Cells in your body have died. New cells have been created. On and on. Things sometimes appear to be solid and constant and unchanging and eternal, but in the realm that we experience as material reality, they are always in motion.
The other part of this paradox is that in a realm that is constantly changing, there is, I believe, a stillpoint. If we are lucky, we sometimes experience it directly. We sense a core deep within ourselves which truly is secure and perfect and eternal.
When dancers or skaters spin, they must find a point of focus so they don’t yield to vertigo. So, too, we all must find a steady point of focus through our ups and downs. Sasha Graham puts it “look to the center.”
There is an obvious reference from this card to the concept of the wheel of karma, and the seemingly endless cycle of rebirths and deaths called samsara. What goes around, comes around.
When The Wheel of Fortune turns up for me, it’s a reminder to accept the ups and downs with grace, and to do my best to look to the center, and to build the habit of looking to it, through daily spiritual practice and reflection.