The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
Alan W. Watts
Back again in only a month, during a week when there are so many important issues up in the air, the Wheel of Fortune continues to spin.
I feel that this is a beautiful affirmation of how we have begun gathering together in our Global Sun Wheel celebrations, especially since those who are counting down to Christmas only will now be joining us this Sunday.
Because it visited us so recently, I have decided to follow this powerful card’s lead and change things up! So if you are looking for a more conventional interpretation, pop over here.
Instead, this week I have adapted some of the material I created for the Wheel of Fortune month in my Birthday Club. I am including some of my observations, as well as a couple of the suggested activities.
(The Beth Owl’s Daughter Birthday Club was a year-long birthday program I offered to those who wished to join. It began in the Spring of 2012, but, alas, due to my difficult health, I was obliged to discontinue it two years ago).
I hope you will enjoy this week’s detour from the usual.
Welcoming the Wheel of Fortune This Week
When the Wheel of Fortune turns up, we are given a glimpse of the Big Picture of Life, and the hand of destiny at work.
The Wheel of Fortune is one of the most visually complex cards of the Tarot, with wheels within wheels, overﬂowing with symbolism and mystical references.
But its meaning is very clear, as it represents the turning fortunes and the cyclical nature of life itself. This is a symbol dating back millennia that chronicles birth, growth, death, decay, and rebirth again.
This week, the Wheel of time and life turns for us.
The Wheel reminds us that where there is life, there is change, and it is, in the end, the only certainty.
Lady Fortune turns the wheel, and luck seems to drive all things. What is triumphant today, may be brought down tomorrow. What seems impossible now may yet rise up and shine.
These cycles can sometimes seem capricious, but the Wheel suggests that when we step outside the immediate drama, we can see the larger patterns. Synchronicity, which has been called “coincidence with meaning” is at work.
Karma, habit, and a complex story of which we may only be a small part are brought to our attention now.
The Wheel of Fortune combines the Major Arcana 1 of the Magician with the 0 – the Fool. Good fortune depends on knowing when to act, and when to let go.
When we learn to align with change, to become sensitive to its cycles, and to embrace the ups and downs of life, we will ﬁnd less discord and feel more at home riding the waves of time. In the end, learning to ﬁnesse the Wheel of Fortune helps us release old patterns and fully embrace the gift of living.
Shaking Up Your Home Template
They say that when viewed from a higher perspective, obstacles can be opportunities. It is not always easy to see this, but we can get better with practice.
One suggestion: Shake up the stagnation at home
According to the principles of feng shui, there is energy ﬂowing in and around all things. When objects block the ﬂow of that life-force, called ki, life can get stale, stuck, and exhausted.
While the science of feng shui is complex (and absolutely fascinating!), there are simple things that the uninitiated can easily do, to improve good fortune. They can be done by working with the template of the home.
For instance, practitioners of feng shui frequently advise their clients to rearrange or move twenty-seven objects in your home that have not been moved in the last year. This will enhance your ability to move forward, and get unstuck.
Walk through your home and make twenty seven changes. Some might be as tiny as switching the side of the sink where you usually keep your toothbrush. Or go full blast and completely rearrange your living room!
This should be especially easy this time of year, as many of us are already moving things around and decorating for the Winter Holidays. So have fun with this, but remember: 27 is the magic number, so don’t scrimp!
Can I Really Do That?
Re-discover the pleasure of risk-taking. As mentioned, the 10 is the combination of the Magician (One) and the Fool (zero). Taking a playful, calculated risk is exactly what the Fool/ Magician does best.
1) One day a week for the next month, go somewhere new or different for lunch. Shake up your routine. Chalk up the duds to experience, celebrate the happy surprises.
2) Spontaneity and suspending judgment are key elements for innovative risk-taking. So take out a sheet of paper and a timer of some kind (kitchen timer, phone app, stopwatch, etc.).
Set the timer for three minutes. In this very short space of time, quickly make a list of at least ten things you’ve always wanted to do, or that you would love to try, or that you’d make happen, if you had all the money, time, and resources to make it easy.
Look at your list and give yourself 60 seconds more, and optionally add a few more, but no deletions! Keep everything there.
Now, look at what you’ve written, and challenge yourself with: What if.. ? How might I .. ? If I could just (..ﬁll in the blank..), there might be a chance I could really pull this off.
Your ideas are rarely as far-fetched as you might think. Perhaps it’s time to give it a try!
One of the big challenges and gifts of the Wheel of Fortune revolves (ha! I couldn’t resist!) around the issue of control.
It is a natural survival instinct to attempt to be on top of everything that affects us, thanks to our human brain that is specialized to imagine future possibilities. But graceful surrender is also a necessary skill, and one not always modeled in our culture.
Here is a way to get better at both:
Go to your sacred place, or a quiet location, and close the door so you won’t be disturbed for a little while.
When we get sideswiped by the unexpected, we physically contract our muscles (freeze, fight, or ﬂight), and our breathing becomes shallow. So practice this breathing technique every day. It will help you remember to take long, slow, deep breaths whenever you are caught off guard.
Relax and get comfortable. First, exhale all the air in your lungs, till your tummy is crunched in. Next, breathe in deeply through your nose to the count of six.
Hold your breath to the count of four. Don’t force or tighten up. Consciously relax: drop your shoulders, soften your face, close your eyes. Be gentle.
Exhale slowly through your mouth to the count of six. Relax.
And then breathe in again, to the count of six. Hold to the count of four. Then exhale to the count of six.
Be careful not to rush; go S-L-O-W-L-Y. Allow yourself to mentally relax and surrender to your breath. Try to stop thinking, and just experience this process. Do this at least 10 to 15 times.
Let this be a slow, luxurious exercise. Let your breath do its autonomic job (that you can’t control) – oxygenating your blood, expelling toxins, relaxing your nervous system.
This can teach your body how to gracefully move between controlling (the slowing and counting down between breaths) and surrender (letting your body breathe itself without you having to think about it). In other words, by your slow counting, you are guiding yourself, and yet also surrendering to yourself — at the same time. Use this skill whenever you are under sudden pressure or stress.
I hope that some of these ideas will appeal to you, and support you in these times that seem like a permanent crisis.
When so much feels dangerous, ominous, and off-kilter, trust the turning Wheel. Sometimes it feels like a whirlwind pace, sometimes it’s painfully slowly. But it does not fly off its axle.
Changes flow, and even what appears to be disintegration, revolution, and chaos, when seen from a distance, has a pattern. The truth is, stagnation is rare in nature, and usually, it is poisonous.
Thus, may we accommodate shifting circumstances with grace and ease. Shall we dance?