In the Hermetic Qabalah, both cards are called the Path of Caph or Kaph (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 Kaph, 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 Kaph.
The Hebrew letter Kaph or 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.
The single meaning of Caph (Kaph) is fist, and refers to a completion of an activity, such as, the closing of a circle or grasping comprehension.
This is a cycle, albeit a closed one, the Wheel of Fortune is considered a flow of Karma, which is a state of "you get what you put out". The Wheel is an important symbol of the Mysteries, besides that of a Native American prayer wheel, as shown on the Wild Wood key 10 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 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 Tarot key 10-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 TwoPaths of Wisdom, Dr. 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 Tarot 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 (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.
Great fortune in astrology is attributed to the Planet Jupiter and the Thoth Deck Card of Fortune is Jupiter's card. The Hebrew letter correspondence is Kaph, the palm is part of the fist and the hand is how fortune is read by palmists. The planet Jupiter, is not just considered good fortune, rather he is also the incalculable factor of luck. Therefore, the Tarot- Key 10-, is often referred to as "The karmic wheel of Life".
Representing the Universe in its constant state of change, the Thoth card of Fortune shows a background of distorted stars, as would be seen from a spinning platform. Some are light, some are dark, all are united in balance, issuing lightnings that blaze through the firmament in blue and violate plumes. Suspended in the midst of this churning, swirling mass, is a ten spoked wheel (representing the 10 Sephiroth of the Tree of Life) and the sphere of Malkuth (Kingdom), indicating governance of physical affairs.
The images of the Three Forms of Energy that govern the movement of phenomena, are the Sworded Sphinx, Hermanubis, and Typhon. Representing the four Kerubs, the Sphinx is a composite of, the bull, the lion, the eagle and the man which also correspond to the four magic virtues of, To Know, To Will, To Dare and To Keep Silent. The four alchemical elements, summed with a fifth, called Spirit, form the pentagram.
In Alchemy, the Sphinx represents the element sulfur and is temporarily exalted at the top of the Wheel. Held in her paws is a roman short sword. The simian element dominates in the god Hermanubis, seen here climbing up the left side of the Wheel. Even though he is a composite god, in this instance, he represents the alchemical Mercury.
In Egyptian Qabalah, the God Typhon, who is the crocodile headed beast on the right side of the wheel, represented in the primitive world, volcanoes and horrifying winds and also represents the alchemical element of Salt. In Mythology, Typhon angered Zeus who blasted him with lightning bolts, thus making Typhon the father of hot and poisonous winds who also begets Harpies. One would think that interpretation ends there, but in truth, lightning which destroys, also begets, leading us to understand the Unity of Supreme attainment and the delight of reconstruction from destruction. This could also be understood as the logic of Karma.
It behooves us to understand, that no matter how dense and dull a phenomena maybe, a time will come when it must stir. The end and reward for our efforts may became lucid quietude but in the Universe, that pause soon degrades into the original entropy and/or original inertia. Thus, the correction is Changing the motion of comfortable atoms, so that carbon atoms of the living do not become carbon atoms of entropy, id est, diamonds.
All prosperity begins in the mind and is dependent only upon the full use of our creative imagination.
- Ruth Ross, Prospering Woman
The Fortune or The Wheel card is key X (Roman Numeral 10) in the Tarot Deck. This card represents the universal principle of abundance, liberation, expansion and prosperity.
As stated: In astrological terms this is Jupiter, the planet of luck, opportunity, and abundance. Hence this symbol reminds us that Divinity is the source of all fortune and as inheritors of this unlimited substance we have to accept our positions as Sons and Daughters of the Divine Creative. This awakens ourselves to the possibilities that Psyche can turn our lives in more positive liberating and expansive directions.
Let us open our minds with welcome by saying:
I am a prosperous individual.
I Am the abundance that created me.
I enjoy manifesting internal abundance externally!
From the North, South, East and West, fortune flows to me in every way that is best.
Declaring with image is always a form of ritual magic. To enhance fortune by weaving together the many frequencies of energy around, in and through us, I suggest one works with the Correspondences and uses the above declaration.
Magic Abilities (psychic frequency of energy) produced by skrying both cards with their assembled paraphernalia : Telepathy which is the ability to communicate across time/space without the uses of the mundane five senses. Also preque vu, the feeling of sensing something which has not yet happened, but will. The opposite of deja vu .
In the Art card, Spirit that is Female polarity of energy(magnetic) and That is Male polarity of energy (electric) are combined as Androgyny, who is our Holy Guardian Angel. According to C G. Jung, spirit appears female to males and male to females. Here we have Spirit as the Alchemist, the Homeopath, pouring the liquid of life from the silver urn into the golden urn, never losing a drop of life in the transformation from life to death, i.e. the transition of soul to its spirit.
Fortune is shown as the Karmic wheel of life. Fortune comes from the Latin fortuna, meaning, chance, fate, luck and destiny. The word Wheel comes from the Greek kyklos, meaning cycle and wheel. All life is shaped of a spiral (spirit means "spiral entity") which modern scientists have now confirmed. The Wheel of Fortune is from November 22nd to December 20th, and the Northern peoples of Europe celebrated a holiday in December called Yule, in honor of cycles, circles, and spirals of life. Yule comes from the Gaelic gule, meaning Wheel.
The Wild Wood Tarot-Key 10-The Wheel, places the cycle of the Wheel, at the Autumnal Equinox, September 21st, with the element of water and sunset.
Depicted, is an unfinished robe of ever-changing variety, woven with images of the fate and cycles of Nature. The Wheel of the year is the central image of this robe. On the sleeves are feather from sacred birds of the forest, Wren, Swan and Hawk.
The loom seems to be of iron age design, near the element of water, beneath a sky that is half setting sun and moon rise.
Like hooded men, 3 Herons stand at the edge of the lake, representing the fates, awaiting the coming of the owner for the completed robe. For now, the loom awaits the skilled hand of the unseen weaver,(in Greek mythology this would be the fate named Lachesis),to complete the design and/or pattern of possibilities and potential that constitutes fate and chance. This fated chance is known in Latin as Fortuna.
In pagan tradition, the wheel has represented the cycles of eternal law and evolution that all creatures live by.
When the Key 10- card is thrown, the querent shall experience or is experiencing:
According to the dignity of the accompanying cards, this is fate at work, where the querent must await the outcome of events set into motion and there is nothing more to do but to wait and observe how the universal energies respond.
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