Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot Key 10: THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE & The B.O.T.A. Tarot key 10: THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot Key 10: THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE & The B.O.T.A. Tarot key 10: THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE

The Tarot of EliAll prosperity begins in the mind and is dependent only upon the full use of our creative imagination.
- Ruth Ross, Prospering Woman

The Thoth Tarot Wheel of Fortune card is key X (Roman Numeral 10) in the Tarot Deck. This card represents the universal principle of abundance, liberation, expansion and  prosperity.

In astrological terms the Wheel of Fortune is Jupiter, the planet of luck, opportunity, and abundance. Hence this symbol reminds us that Divine Imagination is the source of all fortune and as inheritors of mastery over this unlimited first substance (thought) we have to accept our positions as Sons and Daughters of the Divine. This awakens ourselves to the possibilities that can turn our lives in more positive liberating and expansive directions.

The 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 of Caph, 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; 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.

Again, 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, this is a cycle, albeit a closed one such as a flow of Karma, which is a state of you get what you put out. Hence, the Wheel is 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 the Hermetic 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 as discerning creators, for Free Doom, the Anglo Saxon root of the English Freedom, states,"I choose my own death".

The interchange of opposites is what makes the wheel Spin, in this case, we have, the Feminine-Geburah- Severity, and the masculine 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 symbol representing 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 (electric) and female (magnetic) in the same form and therefore 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 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 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. This may cause one to wonder if "death" is the pushing force for Life, as poverty is the "pushing" force towards fortune and/or ignorance the pushing force towards knowledge.

Therefore, let us open our minds and greet the day with welcome by saying:
  • I am a prosperous individual.
  • I Am the abundance that created me.
  • I am enjoy manifesting internal abundance externally!
  • From the North, South, East and West, fortune flows to me in every way that is best.
  • I am all the power that ever was or will be and I am here now!


The B.O.T.A. Tarot, Key 10: THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE,
represents the principle of rotation. Here is established the idea of the First Whirling force in the vast ocean expanse of the root substance of the Universe, The Limitless Light (Dark Energy), is behind the "movement within the motion of all things".
Variations of this whirling motion (Spiral frequencies of microwaves), supplies all qualities, and changes/transformations of all things on all planes.

Attributed to this key of a pair of opposites are "Wealth and Poverty", as well as the attribution called the Rewarding Intelligence. In astrology the Planet assigned to this card is Jupiter, also called the Greater Fortune.

The four fixed signs of the zodiac are represented as the Bull, Lion, Man and Eagle and are the cherubs mention in the biblical Ezekiel and Revelations.
The Wheel itself represents the Cosmic Expression. The cosmic vibration of radiant energy (microwaves) is represented as the yellow serpent. Hermanubis is shown here as a jackal-headed humanoid and represents the evolution of consciousness from lower forms to higher.
The Real Self of mankind, having finished the evolutionary journey in this cycle of manifestation, is shown as the Sphinx, therefor, as in the Thoth Tarot, the Spinx represents the Soul.

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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