You will never untangle the circumstances that brought you to this moment. Embrace your destiny, your fate.
Leonard Cohen, quoting from the Bhagavad Gita
Blessings of the Taurus Supermoon, the closest the Full Moon has come to our planet since 1948. It kicks off a week in which much change is still being processed, and our Card of the Week surely reflects this. We welcome for only the 4th time ever (since I began blogging my weekly cards in 2004), the Wheel of Fortune.
The Wheel of Fortune is at the half-way point of the Major Arcana journey, which concludes with the final realization of The World card. One of the most widely recognized of the Majors, it features a number of esoteric symbols and quite a lot of mystery.
Which, if you think about it, it probably should.
For instance, in the Rider-Waite-Smith version, the central image is three nested circles (wheels within wheels, you might say).
Inside the space between the outside circle and the next smaller one, we see a combination of Hebrew and Roman letters. The Hebrew letters comprise the Tetragrammaton, the all-powerful name of the Divine.
As for the Roman letters, Tarot expert Rachel Pollack notes, “Starting at various points and going in either direction but staying in order, we can find various four-letter words in different languages.
“Here,” she continues, “is a sentence from MacGregor Mathers, co-founder of the Golden Dawn: ROTA TARO ORAT TORA ATOR. The Wheel (Latin rota) of the Tarot (taro) speaks (Latin orat) the law (Hebrew Tora, usually spelled torah), of Love (from Ator, or Hathor, an Egyptian Goddess akin to Aphrodite).”
That’s just for starters.
Inside the rim, going clockwise from 12 o’clock, we see the alchemical symbols for mercury, sulphur, water, and salt. Author, scholar, and deck creator Robert Place writes that we can interpret these as soul and spirit in combination with the body.
The four creatures in the corners are the same as those found in The World card, and Arthur Waite refers to them as the four living creatures of Ezekial’s Merkavah (the heavenly chariot that appeared in the Jewish prophet’s vision).
The four figures in the R-W-S Tarot Wheel are reading books, which are usually understood to be references to the four Christian gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
The figures themselves represent the fixed signs of the zodiac, Aquarius (the human), Scorpio (the eagle), Leo (the lion), and Taurus (the bull). Thus, the Wheel has important things to say about cosmic time and cycles.
Is it a just coincidence that this Monday’s Full Moon is in the sign of Taurus, with the Sun in Scorpio?
The human figure on the right hand side of the wheels, with the head of a jackal is Hermanubis — a hybrid of Anubis, the Egyptian God of the dead, combined with the Greek messenger God, Hermes.
He is a force of Good, patron of the ancient Egyptian priesthood, and the guide for souls in their journey to the underworld. On the opposite side of the wheel is the serpent Typhon, the Greek name for the God Osiris’ murderous brother, Set.
At the top, mediating the two, is the Sphinx, bringing wisdom and balance.
The R-W-S Tarot’s Wheel of Fortune holds within it thousands of years of thought and myth, including the prescient dream of King Arthur on the eve of his final battle (according to Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur), the concept of reincarnation, and medieval Christian morality tales instructing us of our peril, when we are too much of this world, rather than attending to the next.
Death, Redemption, and Re-generation
The Wheel of Fortune turns, we place our bets, and Fate is moving. What’s up is down, what’s down now moves upwards, and change is the name of the game. Yet uncertainty is difficult for most of us, and we long to untangle the circumstances that got us here.
Much has already been said about Monday’s extra-super Super Moon, both in astronomy and astrology. Lady Luna will not be passing this closely to us again until 2038, making this, for many, a once-in-a-lifetime event.
As mentioned, if the Sun is in Scorpio, that means the Full Moon is in Venus-ruled, Earthy Taurus. My dear friend, astrologer Lynn Hayes, writes:
Where Taurus longs for peace and comfort, Scorpio demands intensity and passionate involvement. Where Taurus seeks security, Scorpio is an emotional risk-taker. It is this tension that creates the emotionality that Full Moons are famous for.
This is a time for grounding and finding comfort in the senses and the beauty of the natural world…
The flow of breath opens up the heart for emotional healing, and the Taurus Moon bestows a gentle grounding influence making this the perfect time to for release and rebalancing.”
The brilliant Elisabeth Grace echoes this wisdom, writing, “This Full Moon pits our need for material comfort and preservation (Taurus Moon) against the Scorpio Sun’s energy for breakdown, decay and regeneration. It shines a light on values — what yours vs. what’s ours — including finances.”
And visionary astrologer Lorna Bevan’s description of this Full Moon resonates powerfully with the energy of the Wheel, where all is in flux and outcomes are still being shaped:
This Super Full Moon, closer to the Earth than at any time in 70 years, is chthonic, visceral, alchemising the poison into medicine. With the Sun in Scorpio conjunct Black Moon Lilith, opposite Luna in Taurus, conjunct Sedna, there is no avoiding the shamanic undertones of death, redemption and re-generation.
Some extremely ancient reality doors closed behind us at 11:11 — dissolving old karma, leaving us floating like cosmonauts in no-space.This is the reality of the Zero Point Zone — a place without maps, without references, without handholds…
Come out of hiding as a wayshower, forerunner and teacher, modelling the new vistas of your interior landscape–and new ways to apply those discoveries to make a difference in the world. You are ready to live your highest calling with essential wisdom, depth-sourcing, and soul-charging purpose.You are designed to live from the infinite creative potential, not the history of your past creations…
- You’re not supposed to know how do to this already.
- You are the zero point, so there is no need to seek outside of yourself. Don’t go in search of meaning; become the meaning maker within the context of your daily life.
By understanding the dynamics of these forces now in play, we can find harmony in this Wheel of Fortune. However, a deep letting go, and allowing change at our very core is needed. Shedding the old self, old stories, and old patterns in order to accept this invitation for transformation is the call. Now is the time.
Find and Hold the Center
In our personal lives, finding the still point at the hub of the turning will be important if we are to cope with the enormous changes ahead. From centeredness, what could otherwise look like chaos instead reveals a greater order and meaning.
As a Major Arcana card, the matters this card touches upon for us are not trivial. There may be a big shift in our lives pending, and much about it feels out of our hands.
Cultivating a view of the big picture, and becoming aware of the larger patterns of change in our lives will help us succeed, turning challenges into opportunities.
What is it time to let go of? What new thing is knocking on your door? Be open to surprises, miracles, unexpected twists of Fate, and options you have never seen or even dreamed of before.
What major turning point is now upon you?
Let us move with the flow of change, yet hold to the still, eternal present “Zero point zone” at the center of the Wheel.
As Robert Place writes, when we allow, “the world of time and impermanence [to be] permeated by the spirit and as the spirit at work,” good fortune must follow. “The good God,” he writes, “is rising, and the evil God descending.”
This is the great dance of life — learning when to hold on, when to let go; when to push, when to surrender.
Regardless of politics, media stories, or even our own current emotional temperature, humanity is now well into the Great Turning. As last week’s card told us, this is the end of an Age, and, painful setbacks notwithstanding, we are in labor to bring forth the birth a new aeon for our species.
Will we make it? It is still up in the air, but the most important component is to now fully engage with what is, not what is not. This is how we align with the Great Good that is the pattern of Fate.
So let us, despite our worst disappointments and fears, stay open and receptive, let go of the past, and be attuned to the divine Now. Let us sing into being what is coming.
Together, guided by the very nature of change itself, let us find new, creative ways to manifest good fortune, for the heavens know we need it.