This card, The Wheel of Fortune, key -10 of the Thoth Deck Tarot, represents the fortunes of the Soul. It is a Karmic card that some misinterpret as "punishment for past sins", but that is in error. The reason for Karma is simple, Wisdom comes from creating, see the error in that creation, and then correcting it. All manifested- creation has error in it, even personalities, because forms are built out of entropy, which impersonally decides the creations end. It is the Second Law of Thermodynamics: "...all things proceed from order to disorder.", and creations are things (Personalities are made of thoughts), even thoughts are things and are made of Conscious Energy, that is why they can be expanded and liberated, but never successfully repressed. To repress a thought, is akin to trying to repress a powerful lion....sooner or later it will break its bonds and the rage built our of bondage will kill all in its path. So a Conciliatory extension of that thought must be made, such as, " boy this makes me mad, but in truth, I am mad because I am not getting my own way."
There are many messages of "Know thyself in this card'", first and foremost is that this is a card that represents the Soul's journey as a builder of personality. The Path of Caph runs from Chesed (Mercy) to Netzach (Victory) on the Qabbalist Tree of Life (can be spelled, Kabbalist, Cabbalist, etc) and it is the Path between the Personality and the Higher Self. In the Thirty two paths of Wisdom it is called the Intelligence of Conciliation because it has a meditative function and that Meditative function belongs to the Soul. The Word Caph is of a double meaning--Riches and Poverty, and as a Gate Way of the Soul, this means riches and poverty of the Soul. A Soul is Rich in Personality creation and growth, when it expands and liberates personality from Survival thinking but impoverished when survival thinking runs the body.
When that Gate Way of Caph is open and Higher Self knowledge is free flowing into the Personality (built of many personalities over time and stored in the Soul) the Personality is expanded and liberated from the Karmic Wheel of survival thinking which is often shown by remembering Past Lives. Even though the Brain will have and has had one life and no other, the software created by the Soul to operated an Alive being in the name of Life, is kept and passed on to the next body! The Wheel of Fortune then also is the Alpha and Omega of personalities.
This can be considered as the nature function of Jupiter on this path.as It is often considered to be the great teacher and the Lord of the Force of Life and so the wheel of fortune is considered to be the symbol of Life itself. It is the Duality, of Female and Male forces that spin this wheel, and that is why the Greek Sphinx is shown sitting atop the wheel, as it is a androgynous figure. The wheel represents the duality of all functioning Life; (Alpha-Omega, light and shadow, riches and poverty, electric-magnetic, Female and Male, etc.) The Soul then is the Intelligence of Conciliation as it mediates between the opposite to continue the flow of Intelligent energy in the Universal Tree of Life.
The Sphinx is also the traditional Gate Way between the life and death of a Personality. When the Personality can successfully conciliate between opposites, it is a keeper and is then passed through the Gate of Life and Death, keeping full memory of its past and moving forward into the present. That is why some Archetypical personalities are named on this planet, for they keep showing up throughout history as teachers, healers, and/ or Gnostic Souls, whose personalities and Soul immortality are linked in a conciliatory flow of Life Force. Rotation of the Wheel, is then considered a sequence, something which begins and ends and begins again. This is rhythm, a kind of periodicity that is cause and effect and can be considered the domain of the Causal Intelligence (Causal body of the Human Aura). The Higher Self does judge the Soul's work and if the Personality is flexible and able to preform The Great Work [expanding and liberating the alive from self perceived limitations of operation] while in challenging situations where operations of Form are often restricted by Rules and violent enforcement of those rules, such as often experienced on Earth, that personality is too valuable to "put to sleep" and it is sent in again, and again, often many times, to help in the evolution of personal presentations of Life. This also means, such a personality begins operating more than just five senses, but also is endowed with the Soul Senses, which we often call Psychic abilities.
The Sphinx is also a regulatory intelligence as it regulates the amount of information, from the Higher Self, that the personality can absorb without overpowering it with"too much information". It is nice to know that the Soul is a Sphinx and that it adores it's personalities enough to pay attention to them, but this attention is of no use to the Personality unless it pays attention to the Soul......Above All things Know Thyself....has great meaning here!
Now unless surrounded by Trump Tarot cards, The Wheel Of Fortune, doesn't speak of "personality incarnations' but rather of Good or Bad fortune on the Querents personal wheel of life and the reading will convey the Personal Soul's advice to the Querent, often by showing opposites in their life that must be joined to succeed. It is also important to know that personalities are not your Soul, they aren't really you at all, just software that is used to operate the Hardware of Life. You can actually "step back" into your Soul-Observer and see the error (s)
in personal perspectives that keep your personality from preforming in the Hardware that is your physical body, as impeccable action generating software! Thus being able to take full responsibility for your actions or inaction, whatever they may be, and expand and liberate your very own personal software from dysfunction. We are not alone in our dysfunction, we are loved and observed by our Very Soul, Personalities and are It's children, and often as children they need guidance from a more experienced source.
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