Poetry of the Tarot: Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune

As the wheel of life turns round,
sentient beings gather to watch
the encircling Goddess Fortuna,
spiralling in everlasting motion.
Blind to any justice in this world
she selects the fortunes of others
by revolving our lives endlessly,
drawing us to her horn of plenty.

No matter how Fortune favours
we can never escape our destiny.
Instead we must learn to adapt,
welcome the fickle finger of fate.
Bless each rotation of the wheel
where we meet our karmic debt.
She who surrenders to the flow.
She who endures dark and light.

Reversed, we reach a dead end
where downward cycles begin,
as the holy quest is abandoned.
Inner gold is sold for gambling
and Lady Luck gets up to leave.
Yet, while failure comes calling,
this ill-fated chancer risks it all
for one more throw of the dice.

Fortitude makes the ride easier,
struggle and we crash and burn.
Don’t give up, go with the flow,
accept the wheel of providence.
Come meet chance, luck or fate!
See the poet grow in awareness,
behold the circle as it completes
ahead of Justice’s quiet wisdom.

Copyright © Deborah Gregory 2016

12 thoughts on “Poetry of the Tarot: Wheel of Fortune

  1. Oh Deborah! Thank you. It fascinates me to think of blind Fortune–after a life time of indoctrination about karma. But it’s blind to my ego view and that’s all I have most of the time. Vic’s cancer was called a random DNA error. Bad Luck. Misfortune. Who knows why you? I saw it astrologically, as he had transiting Pluto opposite the Moon then and I had transiting Pluto opposite Mars. Even during the worst times, I knew Lady Fortune was smiling on us–we had clean water, bluebirds, medical care, love, and an inner life of dreams and meaning.

    When Misfortune comes calling, it’s easy to fall into a pit of hopelessness and despair. I watched this spiral down with Vic’s mother and felt, in contrast, my own Great Fortune at knowing that Life had not turned against me. Instead I had hard lessons to learn. So then you bring me to Fortitude. Resilience. Inner Strength. To accept the hard lessons and unexpectd blessings while we bow our heads in surrender.

    1. Dear Elaine, Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and sharing more of your deep, profound wisdom. I too, felt relieved when I read that the Goddess Fortuna is bound and blindfolded. I truly wish I knew more about astrology, and hope there’s time enough to learn a little during this lifetime … for I’m completely spellbound that you and others are able to “witness” and make sense, during darkest hours, of these heavenly, planetary events.

      And whilst there, in your darkest of dwellings, you and Vic both chose to still grasp the beauty, grace and wisdom of this world rather than turn away from the bluebirds, love and the dreams. You fill me up with hope, even though I know despair sleeps nearby. Much fortitude is needed as the Wheel of Fortune turns, and if we’re fortunate, hopefully the centre of our personality will relocate too. Love and blessings, Deborah.

  2. The quiet wisdom of Justice – how true this is Deborah! There is point in railing against the tides of Fate or its fickle finger – yet we can influence our Destiny in many ways I reckon with an attitude of fortitude and acceptance and an awareness of the wheel ever turning in our providential soul evolution ..

    ‘Chance favours the prepared mind’ is a quote by Louis Pasteur I recall …

    Lovely post thank you so much Deborah! There’s so much movement in it …

    1. Thank you so much Susan for sharing your wonderful reflections and kind-hearted comment. I agree we can guide and inspire our fortunes in numerous (and numinous!) ways. I love your quote … it’s so clear and succinct. Being prepared is very important, and for me that’s also comes in the form of acceptance of the wheel, its turning, and its various seasons. Thank you once more for your kind offer re Lilith, looking forward to reading later. Blessings always, Deborah.

  3. Another beautifully crafted work Deborah.

    For me the circle immediately brings to mind the one Ring in Lord of the Rings – the cycle of the journey, there and back again. Fortune brought together the fellowship of the ring, had it not been for Sam overhearing Frodo talking with Gandalf he may not have made that journey and the ring may not have been destroyed. The fellowship worked together fighting against the dark forces to bring middle earth full circle back to a place of peace and beauty.

    The circle has so much symbolism – a universal symbol of completion, a protective space, time is measured within a circle, it represents bonding – a oneness, sitting in circle, the cycle of seasons, the life/death/rebirth cycle, the medicine wheel, the sun and moon – there is so much here all contained within the Wheel of Fortune. Sometimes it feels as if we are all on a roulette wheel – good years followed by really challenging, dark nights of the soul. We never know what the day, month or year will bring us.

    Thank you for sharing more of your own Poets Journey as you look to complete the circle of the Tarot.

    1. Thank you so much Sophia for your wonderful comment and rich reflections. I’m a huge “Hobbit” fan so love all the films, and books (which one day I will read all over again!). The cycle of the journey, that’s a great way of explaining much of the rich symbolism of the circles and rings in Tolkien’s remarkable stories.

      On a personal note, I really sense the significance of coming “full circle” in my life … oh my goddess there’s so much to say here! I love the fact that a circle can be open and closed at the same time. Of how both the sun and moon, those amazing centrepieces of our life, hold court in the heavenly skies … both in equal, and harmonious measure.

      If we look to nature and her seasons we see there is a time and place for all things … and when one season is over, the next quietly, and naturally steps herself in. I agree, the roulette wheel, and the wheel of life have many parallels. It’s time for this poet to move on towards the quiet wisdom of Justice. Blessings always, Deborah.

      1. Came back to re-read this one and been noticing that the world is full of circles – the moon, the sun, the wheel, looking into my morning cuppa and breakfast plates and of course the world itself all turning and moving through their cycles and seasons. I love the depiction in my own deck of the Wheel of Fortune which shows a range of a woman’s emotions within the 8 sections of the Wheel, which we constantly revolve around as we follow life’s path.

        1. Hi Sophia, Kahil Gibran’s book, “The Prophet” comes immediately to mind. He wrote a beautiful passage all about joy and sorrow, and how when one awakes, the other is sleeping. I googled the Tarot card you describe, and love it! It perfectly illustrates the cycle and seasons of our emotions … yes, circles are the world over … internal and external ones, including those mystical crop circles!

          Somehow your reply has prompted me to remember, “Spirograph” a wonderful drawing set I was given as a child … I spent hours, weeks drawing those amazing mandala’s. Maybe a quick visit to amazon is needed! Warm wishes, Deborah.

  4. Bravo!! The fickle finger of fate leading us to our destiny. I’ve seen online a bronze statue of this goddess. Blindfolded, with her overflowing Horn of Plenty. Can’t help but think of the national lottery and the randomness of life. The circle itself symbolises wholeness.

    1. Thank you so much Anna for your lovely comment. Yes, the National Lottery (UK) or the Euro Millions game do come to mind! On the rare occasion I ever win, I usually win a lucky dip … hmm, yet you never know my numbers could come up and win the millions!

      Just googled “Goddess Fortuna” images, that’s a great statue, I want one!

      I absolutely love the mythology and symbolism of the circle, wheel or ring… it helps us to deeply understand the necessity of coming full circle, and the wholeness for our soul’s evolution. Blessings always, Deborah.

      1. Ash nazg thrakatulûk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul.

        One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

        1. Tolkien’s “Black Speech” was incredible … takes me straight back to Middle Earth! Many thanks Anna.

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