I came across this yesterday while reading The New Complete Book of Tarot by Juliet Sharman-Burke. Since I am in a Wheel of Fortune year, it really resonated with me and so I share the following:
“The goddess Fortuna was, in Roman mythology, the personification of luck; however, when represented as veiled or blindfolded, she denoted the capriciousness of life. Her Greek equivalent was Tyche, the presiding deity that governed the prosperity of a city and its fate or destiny. Destiny was thought to be an irresistible power that determined the future, based on the idea that there is a natural order or pattern to the universe.
Although in medieval times it was fashionable to blame the goddess Fortuna for everything that went wrong in life, these days we tend to own our lives in a more conscious and responsible way. The Wheel of Fortune is a paradoxical image of stability and change. The true self of a man, which is hidden from his conscious mind, very often remains at the still hub of the wheel, like the blind goddess. The hub remains stable, although the external or conscious situations change, as reflected by the moving outer rim. Fate is the circumference of the wheel, and the true self is the centre. The hub enables the rim to turn and thus controls all that comes its way. Each man is responsible for his own destiny, and although circumstances are determined, as are the four points of the great wheel, it is each man who turns his own wheel to whichever point his true self dictates.
Fate does not seek you out. So, when joy or sorrow comes into your life, it isn’t that happiness or misfortune has befallen you, but rather that you have turned to face it. Often, the fear of taking such a responsibility upon our own shoulders causes us to blame fate for the course our lives take. In reality, we are presented with choices and situations, and what we do with them is on our own account.
When the Wheel of Fortune appears in a spread, it signifies that a new chapter is starting, a decision of importance is to be made, or that a new run of luck is commencing. The more you are aware of your own power over your destiny, the clearer things will appear.”
Juliet Sharman-Burke, The New Complete Book of Tarot (2007)