Inverted The Wheel of Fortune


The Inverted Wheel of FortuneThe circular nature of this card makes its inverted state very similar to its upright meaning. You get all the change inevitable with the upright card, but it feels unstable. You might find you feel out of synch.

It is easy to lose heart with this inversion. You feel out of control, or you think you’ve missed an opportunity that will never come again. There could be too much change coming at once, making it impossible to plan your next step. The Inverted Wheel keeps you on your toes. This card does not bode well for gambling. Losses can be huge, or wins, you just can’t tell. Ride out this period. You might find the biggest gift it gives you is the ability to roll with the punches.


The Wheel of Fortune interjects a little change into readings.

Major Arcana

Fool: The Wheel of Fortune cancels the Fool in readings.
Magician (Magus or Cobbler): When the Wheel of Fortune combines with the Magician (Magus or Cobbler in other decks), there will be an exciting change of profession, dwelling, or direction in life.
Inverted High Priestess: When the inverted Wheel of Fortune combines with the inverted High Priestess, it suggests a loss of stability and possible violent upheaval.
Chariot: When the Wheel of Fortune and Chariot combine, it indicates triumph.
World: When the Wheel of Fortune combines with the World, light will be shed on hidden factors, bringing success.

Minor Arcana

Nine of Cups (Hearts): The combination of the Wheel of Fortune with the Nine of Cups (Hearts in other decks), is very fortunate.
Ace of Pentacles (Diamonds, Disks, Coins): The combination of the Wheel of Fortune with the Ace of Pentacles (Diamonds, Disks, or Coins in other decks), is very fortunate.

The Major Arcana

The twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana tend to hold the big lessons. These cards carry powerful messages. If you are reading a spread of cards, watch for the Major Arcana. If your spread contains more than 30% Major Arcana, you are in the midst of something big, or beyond your control. If most of the cards in the spread are from the Major Arcana, you might be trying to exert too much control. You might have trouble expressing your feelings, or you might be near your breaking point. A spread without any Major Arcana cards could indicate you are hiding from the truth of the issue, or are in some deep distress. If this is the case, it is important to find someone you can trust to guide you through this period of time. In a spread, focus most of your attention on the Major Arcana. The other cards will be useful for clarifying the situation.

Number — 10

Ten is a number of completion, harvest, and the end of a cycle.

The Inversion

There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous

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For a mystical interpretation of this card, read my post on Thematic Tarot.


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