The Wheel of Fortune in Love

The Wheel of Fortune - Gill Tarot

from The Gill Tarot

The tenth Major Arcana is all about endings and new beginnings. Massive changes are implied. New epochs and eras begin. Big moves are made; risks are taken. Fortunes shift and the rich are made poor, or the homeless person wins the jackpot.

You can almost hear the Fates cackle in the background when this card is pulled.

So what are the implications of The Wheel of Fortune in love and romance?

To a single person, a change of fortune is implied and depending on surrounding cards this could mean either a more or less catastrophic encounter with a player (or worse), or it could mean that you are about to meet ‘The One.’

You will be challenged to take a chance because whatever this new thing is, it will be something something you can’t possibly prepare for in any other way than to expect the unexpected. Think first parachute jump and you get the idea. Think ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway!’

On the other hand, you could be challenged to desist taking a risk. The gamble might be ill timed, as the Wheel of Fortune is very much a card of ‘right timing.’ It could, for instance, mean that this is indeed ‘The One’ but now is not the time (indicated by a reversal of The Wheel).

If you are doing a relationship reading for yourself and your partner and there is an issue that you have been grappling with for some time, the Wheel brings great optimism and tells you that the solution is at hand.

One or both of you are able to turn things around. You might find that your partner changes drastically and is able to let go of old negativity. Or it could be happening to you. Sudden insights and a feeling of great optimism makes it possible to let go of old grudges and to feel fabulous about the future again.

Projections end and you start taking responsibility for your own shadow stuff. Unforgiveness ceases to be an issue. You stop sweating the small stuff. You start trusting in the goodness and abundance of the Universe, lifting the stress of constant financial worries from the relationship.

How is all this good stuff possible, I hear you asking. It’s the blessing of Jupiter, ‘the greater benefic’ which is the planetary correspondence for The Wheel of Fortune. Jupiter rules the higher mind and helps us get our perspective straight.

To a couple, it could also indicate that joint ventures you have with your partner are at the mercy of Lady Luck for better or for worse. As always, surrounding cards will tell you more.

I have also seen this card to show up to indicate an unexpected pregnancy in a reading together with The Empress. The pregnancy ended in miscarriage, so the Wheel turned a full 180 degrees in a very short time.

For sexual intimacy, The Wheel of Fortune could mean that increased optimism in you and your partner also increases the libido and you are more likely to get some if you are in a long-term relationship. Trying new stuff and really enjoying it could also be indicated.

However, if you are kinda sorta seeing someone and being experimental, the Wheel could indicate the need to take precautions and protect yourself against STD’s/STI’s as well as unwanted pregnancy. Risk-taking on behalf of yourself or the person/people you are seeing could be an issue.

 

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4 comments

  1. jess

    I was single and moping over my ex and had just met someone when i pulled the knight of cups, reversed wheel and the 6 of cups. Im sure the knight of cups represents the guy i am now seeing. Its been intense and im much happier with my own life. Im not sure if hes here to help me/ help eachother or if hes the one. Its been a month and im falling for him, he doesnt officially know but he doesnt want any proper commitment and hes leaving in a few days for the army. Im confused as to which direction these cards are telling me, mostly because of the 6 of cups. I did a spread yesterday and it had platonic relationship all over it but also that we have great possibilities together in the future.. how far can the future go with cards? I never read for longer than a few months, and usually see about 6 weeks.

    • Lisa Frideborg Lloyd

      Hi Jess, 6-8 weeks is a very good time frame. Occasionally, I read for a whole 12 months, such as with the Zodiac Tarot Spread… but what you get then is more of a broad overview since so few things are set in stone. When you read closer to the present, the information you get is usually more detailed and more accurate. In this sense, the Tarot is no different to a weather forecast. I cover this topic in more detail here: http://lovedovetarot.com/2012/12/14/timing-fate-and-free-will/ Blessings, Lisa