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Wheel of Fortune — Spiritual Message of the Day

June 6, 2013

Wheel of Fortune -- Tarot of the Masters“Failure lies concealed in every success, and success in every failure.” — Eckhart Tolle

The Wheel of Fortune says that our lives are part of a vast cosmic dance in which there are eternal cycles within cycles of birth, life, and death. Everything, from a grain of sand to a galaxy, has a beginning and an end, and so it is with us too. Not only are we born, live, and die, but within that overarching cycle, our luck comes and goes as well. Good fortune and bad, gain and loss, success and failure—they all come and go as part of the greater cycle of each individual life.

Although this reality of endless cycles means that change is always inevitable, everything comes in its own time. Sometimes we have some control over that timing; sometimes we don’t. In fact, it often seems that during times of trouble, we can only wait it out. Consequently, one lesson indicated by this card is to learn to have patience in difficult times.

Patience requires that we avoid judging a situation, that we suspend our desires and expectations, and that we allow things to unfold as they will. These are all spiritual practices—no judging, releasing our desires, and trusting in the Divine. No wonder it is said that “Patience is a virtue.” This is why times of trouble and misfortune are considered to be valuable bumps and potholes along life’s journey—they give us opportunities to learn patience, which is made up of several spiritual practices.

Our failures can also return us to our spiritual journey.  Eckhart Tolle says, “You must have failed deeply on some level or experienced some deep loss or pain to be drawn to the spiritual dimension.”  Also, to paraphrase Marianne Williamson, sometimes misfortune brings us to our knees, but that’s a good place to be if we are to turn toward the Divine.[1]

If you enjoy these words of spiritual advice from the cards, you will love my new Tarot book called The Soul’s Journey: Finding Spiritual Messages in the Tarot.


[1] The original quote is from Williamson’s book, A Return to Love: “… many times we are brought to our knees. As always, that’s a good place to be.” So we see that the true gift of failure is that it leads us to give up relying on our own devices and turn instead toward the Divine. In this way, spiritual success patiently waits for us in our every worldly failure.

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