Monday, 8 October 2012

Tarot & Quotes: Wheel of Fortune

Animalis Arcanum Tarot 
© Oephebia 2011
"Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant, filled with odd waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don't always like." - Lemony Snicket

The Wheel of Fortune is relentlessly spinning throughout our lives. Sometimes we're in luck, at other times we need to deal with a misfortune.

Most of these events seem to be out of our control, but quite often we will have done something beforehand, perhaps unknown to us, that will have led to the Wheel of Fortune moment: cause and effect, karma.

"We create our fate every day we live." - Henry Miller

In a few non-traditional decks, the Wheel of Fortune is represented by a fortune-teller; the unknown future can be scary when you want to stay in control.

The Wheel of Fortune in the Animalis Arcanum Tarot by Oephebia is a delightful image of a cat, whose curiosity and playfulness leads her to spin the Wheel. She's probably also keen to catch the bird, which no doubt will fly off any moment having already spotted the little predator. The cat is unaware of having set the "wheel in motion"; the bird flies off, just when the cat is about to pounce and in that movement may even knock over the wheel.

The cat, unaware, has taken fate into her own "paws", and in a reading, the Wheel of Fortune may suggest that you need to do the same. When this card comes up, why not spin the Wheel? Ask yourself, what can you do or change, even just for a month or so, that might have a big, positive, nurturing impact on your life? 

Of course, when we cannot find an explanation for an unexpected event that has long-term consequences, it often seems that higher forces beyond our control influence our lives. In that moment all we can do is control our reaction to it.

"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours." - Wayne Dyer

Whatever fate has in store for you, it's up to you to make the most of it.

"All of us have bad luck and good luck. The man who persists through the bad luck - who keeps right on going - is the man who is there when the good luck comes - and is ready to receive it." - Robert Collier

"If you can't change your fate, change your attitude." - Amy Tan

Oephebia's Animalis Arcanum Tarot is a visually attractive deck-in-progress with a wealth of symbolism and the presence of animals on each card. The Major Arcana is nearly completed. Take a look at the other beautiful images on her website: Animalis Arcanum Tarot.

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