Per Bastemhet

Nefertari Tarot: The Wheel (10)

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Visual Card Description:  A wheel sits at the top of a staff and is flanked by blue lotuses, and a vulture is mounted on it with its wings spread wide.  At the foot of the wheel is a rampaging animal with the body of a lion, the head of a hawk, and on its head are the horns of a ram and two large ostrich plumes.*  It is trampling one person while about to strike the head of another who is trying to flee.

Free Association:  Fate, Destiny, Lack of Control, Cycles of Life, Ups and Downs

Rider-Waite/Traditional Associations:  The Wheel of Fortune tells you that in general, it looks as though things are changing. In most cases, this indicates positive, needed changes but for some people, change itself is very difficult and can almost be traumatic. This is a very spiritual and "Karmically" oriented time. Change is part of the cyclical nature of life.

This card always reminds us that "this too shall pass." Whether that’s good times or bad times, it passes. If suddenly you find yourself "sitting on top of the world," keep your perspective, as that too, like everything else, changes. Live in the now, count your blessings, and just realize that much of life is outside of your control, but that even that is okay. Roll with any changes, and think positively.

Meaning from the lwb (little white book that came with this deck):  Undeserved success, casually born advantages, unforeseen events, grasped occasions.  Measurable time, natural cycle.

My interpretation:   This card brings in some kingship imagery (the hieracosphinx and the Nekhbet) to repeat the sense of consequence and duty that was explored in the Emperor card.  If one does Ma’at, the logical consequence Is to reap the benefits.  However if one doesn’t live in Ma’at, the consequence will be to suffer.  I assume that those who are being punished by the hieracosphinx are those that have attempted to cheat fate.  While the message of this card is almost identical to the Emperor card, it refers more to the events and their culmination, rather than the idea itself (or a person who represents the giver of justice).

Written by Bastemhet

May 14, 2013 at 2:09 pm

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