The Wheel of Fortune card is one of the most fortunate cards in the tarot deck. It is associated with the planet Jupiter, which is considered to be the most benefic planet in astrology. So, if the Wheel of Fortune card turns up in your tarot spread, it definitely means things are looking up for you. Although the good luck that arrives with this card may seem to come out of nowhere, in truth, we are our own magicians.We plant the seeds of what we want to grow in our lives when we become “fired up” about an idea of what we want to do orwant to have happen.
Automatically, our psyches begin to choose the way or means to make our idea work. Next, of course, we start taking the mental and physical steps to begin the process of turning our idea into reality. It’s called manifestation, and we are all manifesting all of the time, whether we are aware of it or not.The old saying, “Be careful what you wish for,” also always applies. Keeping that in mind, while it is a good thing to be clearly focused on a goal so that you get what you really desire to have in your life, it is also a good idea to leave a little “wiggle” room for the universe to help you get what is best for all concerned. This is especially true when what you may want involves other people. You wouldnot want your happiness to be someone else’s misery.
important point to consider when planting seeds for future results in
our lives is to let the seeds grow naturally. Be clear about what you
want in your mind and heart and then “let go” and know that if it is
meant to be, and harms none, the creative forces in the universe are
with you, and the Wheel of Fortune will turn your way.
Julie Hamer has been
studying astrology and tarot for 30 years. She lives in Estacada and
offers astrological and tarot advice. For more information, contact
Hamer at (503)630-3934.
Anthony North: We"ve all heard of destiny, but what is it? Is it some guiding force within the universe looking after us, or is it a total fantasy? As often happens, ideas on the subject fall into one camp or the other. But maybe most sense lies in the middle ground. If we were to adopt this position, then we"d have to accept that a "force" DOES have an effect upon our lives, but rather than being some omnipotent supernatural influence, it could be grounded in things we have a fair idea about. We already have names for its influence. : On the one hand we have Sod"s Law, or the Cosmic Joker. This is for when destiny is cruel. Or alternatively, a fortuitous run at gambling is its oppositeinfluence.
Divination attempts to capture the "reality" of our destiny. From Astrology to the Tarot, it is thought that what we are and what we do is somehow tied up within the fabric of universal influences upon which we have no control. There are problems with this idea.: Most obviously, free will. The philosophical argument is simple. If our destiny is pre-set, then deviation is impossible. So what is the point of our ability to make decisions? It becomes, in effect, a pointless, unrequired ability. Divination does, however, make more sense if we reverse it. Thus, instead of laying out a "future", it actually has an effect on the mind, answering questions we are undecided about, and offering answers that confirm where we think we want to go. In this sense, divination is more a system of counseling thanpredictive. Society also has an effect on our future.: Through stereotyping and other social and cultural pressures, we all find that we slot into a "type". In this way, society allows us to advance, or come upon a brick wall that inhibits us. Often, the individual has little control over this process. Coincidences can also appear to confirm destiny. Jung noted that some coincidences are full of meaning for the person. He applied the term "synchronicity" to them, and they appear significantly more than simple random events.
I-Ching or the "Book of Changes" is an ancient Chinese divination manual and a book of wisdom which interprets hexagrams (symbols made up of six stacked horizontal lines) formed by tossed coins to form answers to questions about the future. The ancient book is a study of change in human life. The belief is that understanding the pattern and cycle of change willprepare the person for future events and help with making right decisions.For more than 5000 years the I-Ching has been used and relied on by many Chinese to aid in decision making and predicting the future.
It is believed to have been invented by Fu Hsi, a legendary emperor of China. The answers or predictions of future events are revealed by using a numerological system based on the Yin and Yang, where the Yin represents a broken line and Yang a whole line.The Yin and Yang are polarizing forces but are important in maintaining a balanced universe. Traditionally, a bundle of yarrow sticks were thrown but the modern equivalent uses three coins fordivination that are tossed six times to form six lines of hexagrams. Each side of a coin represents either the Yin or the Yang.
The "Book of Changes" is then used to interpret the meaning of the hexagrams in relation to the specific question asked.
There are sixty-four
possible configurations of the hexagrams; each throw of the coin makes
up one line of the hexagram starting from the bottom up.
The hexagrams represent a process in nature or human nature and can reveal future luck, growth, or misfortunes.
Danny Penman: Christeen Skinner blinks at the screen of her computer and takes another slurp of coffee. It"s half past seven in the morning and she"s preparing for a crucial meeting with the chief executive of the High and Mighty fashion chain. Apart from the black cat dozing on her lap, the only clue to Christeen"s occupation as a 21st century astrologer is a copy of an Ephemeris that lies open at a page marked "Mercury March 25th". "The financial crisis has ensured that I"m busier than ever," says Christeen. "People in the City need to know what is just around the corner. I can help with that." Christeen is one of a growing, albeit secretive, network of astrologers who work for seeminglyconservative British institutions such as high street banks, City investment funds and retailers.
Desperate to avoid financial meltdown in the ongoing ‘credit crunch" and to spot fashions and consumer trends before they start, these institutions have turned to the stars to divine the future. "Most academics distrust astrology and regard it as mumbo-jumbo," she says. "The thing is, it works. Nobody"s sure how it works but it does. Most of my clients are businesspeople who are very canny. If it didn"t work for them, then why would they use it?" One of Christeen"s clients is Judith Levy, chief executive of the High and Mighty retail chain. "I"m fairly pragmatic," says Judith. "I will only spend money on an astrologer if the decision I have to take is very important - the kind of decision which will cost me alot of money if I get it wrong. "When we launched our Kayak brand a few years ago we used astrology to decide the launch date. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength. It"s one of our best selling brands." Astrology is generally seen as just a bit of harmless fun with no predictive power at all. After all, how can a star have any influence over our lives when it is so distant that its light takes hundreds of millions of years just to reach us? The answer to that is simple: it doesn"t.