Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Another new step in our journey through the Tarot, the divine Tarot. Today we step into the realm of The Wheel of Fortune (X), the tenth card in the Major Arcanum. As I started preparing this episode the first question which came up in my mind was 'What to do with this card? What is the Christian meaning of a gambling Wheel of Fortune?' Well ... we will see that in this episode ... let's go on and take a look at this card.
caught in Fortune's Wheel
the Sacred Name of God the Father -
Let us look a bit closer to The Wheel of Fortune, maybe we can find the connection between Tarot and Torah. In this card we see 3 relationships--random, deterministic and chaotic—who are symbolized by the three wheels in the Wheel of Fortune. We have the tiniest innermost circle, a larger circle, and then the outer circle. These circles will spin, not just clockwise and counter-clockwise, but will also rotate around their axis much like a globe. And, they will spin top to bottom, like an earth spinning around itself.
We see from the wheel that all manifestations are a direct outpouring of God because of the letters surrounding the outer wheel. We see the T O R A. Read counter-clockwise it's Torah; read clockwise it's Tarot. What do those funny little symbols between the T A R O mean? Well, between the “T” and the “A,” that little squiggle thing is a Yod, that is a "Y". Between the “T” and the “O,” we have a Heh. Between the “O” and the “R,” there is a Vav. And, between the “A” and the “R,” there is another Heh. That spells YHWH. That is Yahweh. That is the holy Tetragrammaton. That is the infinite limitless name of God. That is God's name. “God” is not God's name. God is what God is. Yod Heh Vav Heh is God's name.
If we read counter-clockwise, what do we have? We have YHWH. If we read clockwise, what do we have? YHWH. This is not a coincidence. If you start with the “R” and read clockwise, it's Rota, which is the wheel. Rota is the wheel. Torah is the revelation of God's holy mind in scripture. Tarot is the unveiling. The Tarot is the hidden wisdom which we are attempting to unveil, all be it ever so slightly. And what the wheel says is that the Wheel of Fortune, both the Tarot and the Torah, are Yahweh.
|Source: The Wheel of Fortune in a cosmic Tarot deck|
In a way we can say that the three wheels are also symbolic for the Holy Trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. In that way we can say that The Wheel of Fortune is similar with the first triade of Kether, Chochmah and Binah on the Kabbalastic Tree of Life.
In the first picture of The Wheel of Fortune we see four figures in the four corners, an Angel, an Eagle, a Bull and a Lion all four 'creatures' have a book in their hands. These stand for the four Gospels, Matthew, Marc, Luke and John, but they stand also (as we can see in the cosmic Fortune Wheel) for the four elements, Fire, Water, Air and Earth. They all stand for the bond humankind has with God's Word and His Creation. So The Wheel of Fortune turns out to be a strong Tarot with a strong divine message. Another proof that the Tarot is divine and not occult. In my opinion the Tarot was a Christian tool and during the ages it became through misuse occult.
not the occult Tarot
but a divine source of knowledge
God's Tree of Life
It wasn't easy to prepare this episode for you all, but it had to be written I think. I hope it inspires you all to write haiku.
This prompt will stay on 'til May 16th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will draw our next card, Justice (XI), later on today around 10.00 PM (CET).