Musing: The Wheel of Fortune
There’s an awful lot of buzz about The Secret…if you don’t know what I’m referring to, you
have been living under a rock for the last six months or so.  You know, that guide for
attracting situations and people into your life, the rules for manifesting good stuff.

Hey, I’m all for good stuff.  I’m all for visualizations and setting intentions and all of that.  But
here in our Musing corner, I am going to play devil’s advocate.  Kinda. What about when the
good stuff rains from the sky for no reason whatsoever?  
Luck.  Favor.  Destiny.  The Wheel of Fortune.

There may be some folk who would argue that there is no such thing - that we make our
own luck.  Sometimes, I say.  But sometimes good stuff happens to good people for no
reason just like sometimes bad stuff happens to good people for no reason.  

Let me say again: I am a total advocate for positive affirmations (see below), visualizations,
setting intentions, walking in faith, like attracting like, and those positive, self-help-y
concepts.  I think it is very important for us to take responsibility for our lives and the choices
we make.  But I don’t think they are the be-all and end-all, and here’s why:  If it were all up to
us to design our lives, they would be very limited indeed.  We need the Universe (the
goddess, God, Who/Whatever) to shake stuff up, stretch us, tempt us, challenge us, keep it
real.  You feel me?  

So.  There are some things that we can take control of – nay, that we MUST direct…but
sometimes, just to mix it up, we get a muffin basket from the Universe, just ‘cuz.  And that is
what the Wheel of Fortune is all about.

Round and round and round she goes, where she stops nobody knows.  The
Wheel of Fortune spins for you.  A stroke of luck brings a new opportunity.  A
gift may be unexpected or even disguised, but there is something available to
you now that could provide a chance for advancement if you are into that sort
of thing.
Go ahead, it’s yours.  Grab it.  Grab it now.  
If you let it pass, only Fortune knows when (if?) you’ll get the chance again.
From the LombardyTarot
Mantras for The Wheel of Fortune:

I am receptive to all of the gifts Fortune has to bestow on me today.

I release expectations as I joyfully accept new invitations.

I delight in possibilities.

I revel in adventure and boldly accept new challenges.
The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly
Bible, Psalms 16, 6

Let fortune empty her whole quiver on me.
I have a soul that, like an ample shield,
Can take in all, and verge enough for more.
John Dryden,
Don Sebastian

A great fortune depends on luck, a small one on diligence.
Chinese proverb

The day of fortune is like a harvest day,
We must be busy when the corn is ripe.
Torquato Tasso

A person does not seek luck, luck seeks a person.
Turkish proverb
Fortune knocks at every man's door once in a life, but in a good many
cases the man is in a neighboring saloon and does not hear her.
Mark Twain

Fortune favors the bold.

A single advantage is worth a thousand sorceries.
Turkish proverb

God not only plays dice. He also sometimes throws the dice where
they cannot be seen.
Stephen Hawking

The wheel of change moves on, and those who were down go up and
those who were up go down.  
Jawaharlal Nehru
The Wheel of Fortune in literature and philosophy....
The highest internal qualities associated
with this card include:
Receptivity, faith, optimism, excitement,

The external events associated with this
card include:
Unexpected announcements, opportunities,
offers, invitations, inheritances, treats, winnings,
prizes, bonuses, favorable deals

The advice offered by this card:
Take a risk, Be open to unexpected
advantages, Strike while the iron is hot.
From the PalladiniTarot