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The Wheel of Fortune - Dealing with Change

This spread is designed to make use of the unique energy and symbolism of the eight-spoked
Wheel of Fortune in the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, to help the querent cope successfully with
changes in his or her life. The first four cards work with the alchemical symbols on the Wheel
to provide understanding of the changes and help effect the transformation that needs to
occur. The middle card sits at the hub of the wheel, the place which turns but does not
move. This card helps us find our center and provides some stability through the change.
The last four cards work with the astrological and elemental energies in the corners of the
Wheel of Fortune card to provide additional information and to give the querant a plan of action
for working with the changes.


Card 1. Sulfur/Expansion \u2013 The energies that are coming into my life
Card 2. Mercury/Integration \u2013 The energies I need to balance and integrate
Card 3. Salt/Contraction \u2013 The energies that are leaving my life
Card 4. Water/Dissolution \u2013 That which I need to let go of
Card 5. Center \u2013 The part of myself or my life that remains unchanged
Card 6. Aquarius/Air \u2013 What I need to know about these changes

Card 7. Scorpio/Water \u2013 My emotional response to these changes
Card 8. Taurus/Earth \u2013 Where I can find stability and practical support
Card 9. Leo/Fire \u2013 What actions I can take to make the best of these changes

To assist in working with the first four cards, here is some information on the alchemical
symbols. Starting in the east or 3:00 position and moving counter-clockwise around the wheel
we have:
Sulfur \u2013 expansion

Mercury \u2013 integration
Salt \u2013 contraction
Water \u2013 dissolution

The first three elements listed above represent three basic principals in alchemy from which all
life is considered to be derived \u2013 these could be listed as the process of birth, life, and death
and can be considered to correspond to other 3-part systems like Maiden/Mother/Crone.
However, there is a tension here between the number three and four. Like the Goddess cycle
having three parts but represented by a four-phase moon cycle, Waite felt it was appropriate
to add a fourth principal \u2013 partly because it made his Wheel more aesthetically balanced, but
also as a counter-principal to Mercury's integration. Dissolution could be considered as that
phase that takes place between death and rebirth, when the personality of the physical
lifetime dissolves away and only the higher self remains. It can also be likened to the New
Moon phase, or the winter season. Here are some additional correspondances for these four
card positions that may help provide insight when working with this spread:

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