Tarot Card Comparisons: The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot-Key 10- THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE & The Jungian Tarot- WHEEL OF FORTUNE: The Mother Who Determines Experience.
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot-Key 10- THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE & The Jungian Tarot- WHEEL OF FORTUNE: The Mother Who Determines Experience.

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth WHEEL OF FORTUNE, is called the Path of Caph (meaning: Fist)  and runs from Chesed (Mercy) to Netzach (Victory) on the Tree of Life. This path is on the side of the Tree of Life called The Pillar of Mercy, and connects the Personality to the Higher Self (all Serphiroth above Tiphareth are in the Higher Self).

The Path ofCaph, has a mediating function, as the planet Jupiter is assigned to this Path. Jupiter, is also said to govern the flow of blood, thus reinforcing the mediating function of Caph.

The Hebrew letter Caph, is a "double letter", meaning that it is a union of opposites, especially riches and poverty, which are the natural fluctuations of Jupiter's forces on this path. Since this Path is one of the "Gateways to the Soul", the riches and poverty here are of the Psyche itself.

The meaning of Caph (Kaph) is fist, and refers to a completion of an activity, such as, the closing of a circle or grasping comprehension.
Therefore the Wheel of Fortune is a cycle, albeit a closed one, therefore the Wheel considered a cycle of Karma, which is a state of you get what you put out. The Wheel is also an important symbol of the Mysteries, besides that of a prayer wheel, it is also the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.
Therefore this is not a roulette wheel of chance and accidents, for in Qaballah, it is known that we are solely responsible for our own destinies which the words "freedom of choice" imply. The Wheel of Fortune supplies us with what we earn, which can be pleasant or unpleasant and the words freedom of choice imply that; for Free Doom, the Anglo Saxon root of the English Freedom, states" I choose my own death".

The interchange of opposites generates the power that makes the wheel Spin; in this case, we have, the Feminine- 5th Sephira-Geburah:Severity, and the masculine, 4th Sephira: Chesed-Mercy, interchanging their forces and form. This interchange of opposites, is shown by the Ten Spokes on the Thoth Deck card, symbolizing the Ten Sephiroth on the Tree of Life which is a continuity of Force and Form, in equilibrium.

In his work, The Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom, Paul Foster Case calls the Path of Caph, the Intelligence of Conciliation  which would best be seen as a gyroscope, two wheels interlocking within each other, spinning in opposite directions, for this card represents the mediation of activity between rotating and/or moving opposites. The sense being that there is a cyclic and rhythmic  motion of activity, as well as, cause and effect.

What is interesting here, is that on the Thoth Deck Card, the Sphinx is seen as the stabilizing element in the midst of change and is positioned on top of the Wheel. The ancient Egyptians used the Sphinx image as  the Pharaoh, usually vanquishing his enemies, with lion like power. Later on the Greeks, modified the Sphinx by illustrating it as a women on a  male lion's body.

Thus, the Sphinx came to represent the union of  mankind, with the raw power of the animal kingdom, and a balance of male-will to force (electric) and female- will to form (magnetic) in the same form; hence the Soul/Psyche of the individual. Again the union of opposites, is the birth place of all Power.

The Qabalistic concept of the Sphinx is that it is the Synthesis of all Elemental Forces, much like the Pentagram symbol of Man, where the Spirit is the Fifth element above and  added to the four elements of the animal kingdom. In fact, among the documents of the Enochian Mysteries of the Golden Dawn, the Sphinx has four forms, that of a Bull, Eagle, Man and Lion. These four faces are also describe by Ezekiel in the Biblical interpretation of his vision.  The Wheel of Fortune, is the glyph of perpetual motion where the flying Eagle balances the Man; the roaring Lion counterpoises the laborious Bull. 

As stated:
the Sphinx represents the stabilizing element in the midst of change. It is  both the balancing phase of cyclic energy and the guardian to the gateway of the Mysteries, holding the secret of life and death. Thus the Sphinx is a gate guardian of the Path of Caph (fist) as it is both that through which one passes in birth or death, and that which controls the passage.
The Sphinx symbolizes the directing aspect of the Higher Self in Tiphareth (beauty) and/or The Soul of the individual and being a Gate Keeper, it is protective and keeps the Personality from absorbing more force than its system can handle.

By correctly answering the question of the Sphinx, which is an extension of the Greek Axiom, Man, know thyself, implies that one is ready to pass through the gate of inner consciousness. As in the Oedipus legend, once correctly answered, the Sphinx throws itself back into the Sea which to a Qabalist means that the Gate keeper is no longer needed and is reabsorbed into the vast Ocean of  Individual Higher Consciousness that created it. If the initiate can't answer the Sphinx's question, they are "slain" , which is the protection part of the Sphinx, as it sends back those personalities that are unready to pass consciously beyond the restrictions of time/space.

The dog faced monkey , on the left side of the wheel, is in reference to the Plutonian, Cynocephalus. Cynocephalus is the not only the companion of Thoth but also the symbol of time and eternity. Thoth, being called the Lord of Holy Words, by the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians, is the inventor of writing and scribe for the Gods who records the results of the weighing of the Souls on the Path of Lamed (See past blog on the Adjustment Card). Thoth is also said to divided time into  months, seasons and years. Thus his companion is Cynocephalus, the symbol for time and eternity. In a nut shell, the Words of Thoth are the vibratory patterns that turn the Wheel of Fortune. Being quite esoteric here, the Wheel of Fortune means that when the Higher Self, that brings the Elements under control,  bestows upon the Personality that  which "knows itself", faithful companions that are the "words" (vibratory patterns), freeing the Personality from the General Wheel of Fortune and/or Karma that governs the "sleeping souls" who "above all things" don't know themselves.

The Thoth Deck Wheel of Fortune card, depicts the interaction between the Sphinx, Hermanubis and Typhon; Hermanubis is a dual god, combining Horus and Anubis and is written as Heru-em-Anpu, meaning  Horus as Anubis. Sword in hand, Heru-em-Anpu is often depicted in mythology as the slayer of Typhon, who is illustrated as a snake, Typhon was of Greek origin and was involved in the wars of supremacy of the Gods. But as time develops the complexity of Myths, Typhon became the dark aspect of Osiris known as Set, the combination of these symbols plays out the counter-changing influence of Light and Dark energy. In Quantum physics, Dark Energy is the Pushing Force, the "vibrations" that spins the universe and pushes it outward; just as  "death" or mortality, is the pushing force for Life.
The Jungian Tarot-WHEEL OF FORTUNE: The mother determines experience, explains the Jungian  Archetypes of Carl Jung's psychology.
 Mundanely, the Wheel of Fortune Tarot card is generally thought of as to mean fate, and chance, but in the sense of good-fortune, as it is astrologically attributed to the planet Jupiter.

Without psychological archetypes, the medieval Tarot readers used planets to describe  types of behavior and personalities. Jupiter, was a widely accept planet of benevolence. 

However, just as in the Thoth Tarot, the Jungian tarot uses the Wheel of Fortune card to explain a wide range of experiences that each soul must have to learn discernment.  Here Robert Wang depicts a Woman whose hands support and spin a multicolored wheel of "eye-dentity": The Son (Self Awareness) is suspended in the classic Leonardo De Vinci design.  

The normally passive Universal Divine Collective Unconscious, builds the consciousness to act on experiences, generated within the collective. Therefore, the "Son's" (Self Awareness) life experiences are determined by the  feminine of the Divine Unconscious Collective (imagination), as she is mother of all form. This understanding, makes the Female Sphinx an appropriate symbol.
The Wheel, in the Jungian card is divided into 12 segments, representing the Zodiac, of which the soul must experience in incarnation. 

The Principle represented by the Jungian Tarot card, is that the Mother determines the pleasure, pains, and trials  of the son, by spinning the wheel; in Jungian psychology, the spinning cycles of the circle represents Self and the son is Self Awareness.

Many tarot reader's see this card as a cycle of Karma, another example of the "Father forgives but the Mother doesn't", for once the Form is made, there is no turning back.
The Father, is Will to Force, which is "idea" and not yet formed into an "Understanding" that produces form. Therefore, his action is not "written in stone"; compare this to Imagination, and thinking. Thinking, is made of the "first matter", and quite fluid and easily changed by simply adding more "thought". However, the  image-maker (Imagination) establishes the "Thought Form", as Form, thought is "chiseled in stone",and therefore is subject to the second law of Thermodynamics: "All things proceed from order to disorder":  "Things" are the products of Imagination, hence the Mother does not forgive. Once done-it's done, and now we have cause and effect, i.e. karma. So be careful on the actions of your thoughts, if you wish to experience benevolent fortune, you must act benevolently towards your own form, and that of others.

In psychology, the experiences of Son and Mother, are often touted as major psychological issues. Conversation with the Mother who is in control can often help solve "unpleasant" issues often assigned as fault to the son's mother...remember the "son" is Self Awareness so this also applies to the daughters of Mothers. So skrying of the card is a good meditation on the Mother of Form and will strike up a conversation, often showing there is nothing to forgive.

When the WHEEL OF FORTUNE is thrown during a reading, it indicates:
  • That in the next 10 weeks or 10 months there shall be new opportunities for creating fortune in the querent's  life.
  • Life is moving and being busy here, so breakthroughs in prosperity and abundance are approaching fast.
  • Generally this is a good luck card depicting rewards and recognition for things completed.
  • Change.
  • Remember, when at the bottom of the Wheel, you have only one way to go and that is Up!
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