Create a Year of Good Fortune


The Wheel of Fortune from the Gilded Tarot

The Wheel of Fortune from the Gilded Tarot

I hope that 2013 is off to a wonderful start for all of you!  On New Year’s Day I pulled a card for the year for my blog readers and Facebook folks.  It was The Wheel of Fortune, and I want to share the insights that have been coming together for me.  The basic message is about releasing control, staying in the present moment and letting go of worries, doubts, self-abuse, tension, and anxiety.  The Wheel is number 10 of the major arcana and this number symbolizes the ending of one cycle and the beginning of a new one.  This year may bring up awareness of your patterns so you can see what is serving you and what isn’t.  If something isn’t working, the great news is you have the opportunity to change it.  If you’re noticing patterns that work well, then you get to refine your technique and take it to the next level.

The Wheel of Fortune is ruled astrologically by the planet Jupiter and the sign Sagittarius.  Jupiter is the bringer of blessings and good luck and Sagittarius is symbolized by the archer.  If you’re working with talents, gifts, and skills that make your life joyful, keep the image of the archer in your mind’s eye as you go through this year.  He carefully positions his bow, takes aim, breathes deeply, envisions the arrow hitting the mark and then releases it.  At that point the archer’s work is done.  Now the universe takes over and all that is required is faith in a positive outcome.  If it misses the mark, no worries, The Wheel of Fortune always brings around another opportunity to try again.  The power to aim and release the arrow is always available (and only available) in the present moment.  When you practice staying present, aiming for your goals from this empowered place, and taking the actions that are available to you right now then you are standing in the center of The Wheel.  This is the access point to your own higher self and opens the door to wonderful expansion, blessings and good luck.

If you’re feeling stuck or confused and can’t see clearly enough to picture the target much less a bull’s eye, you’re experiencing a pattern that isn’t serving you.  You can usually tell if you’re in this spot because you feel trapped, frustrated, and unable to figure out any possible solution.   In this case, you’re riding The Wheel and going around and around the same issues with the same way of approaching them every time.  It’s not a very fun place to be, and blessings and good fortune can feel unattainable when we’re stuck in these cycles.  The gift of The Wheel in these circumstances is that we can notice where these patterns show up for us, change our thinking, and invite the Divine to bless us with a miracle.  Marianne Williamson writes in The Law of Divine Compensation:

“…{a miracle is} a shift in thinking which then shifts your experience.  This shift in perception- your willingness to look beyond appearances- enables you to invoke a different set of probabilities going forward.  It enables you to see beyond what’s happening to what could be happening, thus creating the space for something new.” 

Albert Einstein also said, “The significant problems we face can not be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”  If you’re suffering from the same thing that has made you suffer many times before, it’s time to step off The Wheel.  Doing things the same way with the same undesirable results is a closed-system that can feel like a jail, but the way to freedom is always found right where you are now.  Come into your present moment and choose something new and different.  If you always do things one way, change it up.  If you tend to think pessimistically and are suffering from a pattern of low energy and lack of creativity, start naming the good things that surround you.  Start a gratitude journal, say a prayer, or take one action that is uplifting to your spirit in some small way.  If you’re exhausted from being in a constant state of doing and controlling, take a break.  Do something that your mind might categorize as frivolous or do nothing at all.  Take a nap.  These are simple things that have tremendous impact if you are ready to take  your unfruitful patterns in hand.  You’re coming back to your center, changing the things that aren’t working and inviting a miracle.  It’s always a step you take from exactly where you stand right now.  These small actions get you into the dance with the Divine and then anything can happen!  May The Wheel help you break the cycles that block your joy, bring you focus and faith in your gifts, and lead you to a more abundant, fun, and blessed experience of life-  a life of good fortune filled with miracles.  xo


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