The Starman Tarot- key X- The Wheel, is all about the one energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed, as stated in the first law of thermodynamics. Hence, nothing is gained nor lost, but is in constant change. For that is the motion, transformation, that keeps the one energy spinning in spirals of life and death. Therefore, to fear death as a loss, is an obvious delusion. We are all made of the One Energy, we transform, and call that death, or life. Neither of which is a gain or loss, but rather a way to continue the constant changing evolutionary awareness of "I AM". As energy-data patterns of Self Awareness, you cannot be destroyed; However, you constantly transform, by realizing new self-data, which, once understood, becomes new form. Data understood, becomes In-Form-Ation in this ever changing Universe of One Mind and One Energy. Therefore, the ever changing phantoms of personality, with its ever-changing dramas and comedies of whom we pretend to be as we move along in a world built on the false fear of scarcity thereby, creating lives of such suffering and struggle as we ignorantly try to "get what is mine". It is easy to keep slaves grasping for some form of relief from their internal suffering.
Life is just a story, we the many facets of I AM, tell ourselves (all the waves, lines and images whirling in this energy-wheel). When one is a circle, one is infinite Pi, and each moment along that spinning route of an unbroken line, is the experience of the eternal "Now". Now, is the moment of freedom, of flexibility, of movement forward. The past, is a phantom- dead, a locked grave and the future is a phantom-fantasy-just smoke on the wind. Reality is only now. That is the message of the Wheel of One Energy, that never lacks and never increases. We are all part of the Wheel, and we are all energy, which never lacks, nor ever increases. We are the eternal Now of "I AM".
The Central "All Seeing "I", or face in the Starman wheel, reminds us that there is a constant unchanging center to all changing phenomena; The I AM, who is ever changing its data of "what I AM". The eternal now demands such an evolution of self. For by being measurement, a thing we call "time", each identity has a beginning and an end, or the wheel would stop spinning, and the waves of frequency would cease to transmit from the "I Will Be", spin that is Kether-the Eheieh, meaning, the Big Whirling-Shout of "I Will Be"! To know the wheel, is to Know thyself, for I Am the Will and the Way. I Am the Wealth and the Health, I AM the Day. Self is I Am.
The Thoth Tarot- ATU 10-Fortune is called the Path of Caph (meaning Fist), a closed hand, on the Qabalistic Tree of Life and runs from Chesed (mercy) to Netzach (Victory) on the Tree of Life. This path is on the side of the Tree of Life called The Pillar of Mercy, and connects the Personality to the Higher Self (all Sephiroth above Tiphareth are in the Higher Self).
The Path of Caph, has a mediating function and the planet Jupiter is assigned to this Path. Jupiter, is also said to govern the flow of blood, thus reinforcing the mediating function of Caph. The Wheel of Fortune is a closed system.
The letter Caph, is a "double letter', meaning that it is a union of opposites, riches and poverty, which are the natural fluctuations of Jupiter's forces on this path. Since this Path is one of the "Gateways to the Soul", the riches and poverty here are of the Psyche itself.
The meaning of Caph (Kaph) is fist, and refers to a completion of an activity, such as, the closing of a circle or grasping comprehension or the mechanism of life/death.
This is a cycle, albeit a closed one, the Wheel of Fortune is considered a flow of Karma, which is a state in which you get what you put out. The Wheel is an important symbol, besides that of a prayer or medicine wheel, it is also the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Law of Conservation of Energy states that the energy of a closed system must remain constant. Our universe is a closed system so nothing is ever lost, not your energy, my energy nor "their" energy. It is however, in constant change, constant transformation that keeps the Wheel of Life/Death, spinning. Hence, life and death are most fortunate.
This is not a roulette wheel of chance and accidents, for in Qaballah, it is known that we are solely responsible for our own destinies; which the words "freedom of choice" imply. The Wheel of Fortune supplies us with what we earn by "declaration" of I AM, which can be pleasant or unpleasant.
The interchange of opposites is what makes the wheel Spin, in this case, we have, the Feminine, 5th Sephiroth-Geburah, Severity, and the masculine 4th Sephiroth- Chesed, Mercy, interchanging their forces and form. This interchange of opposites, is shown by the 10 Spokes on the Thoth card, symbolizing the 10 Sephiroth on the Tree of Life which is a continuity of Force and Form, in equilibrium.
In his work, The Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom, Dr. Paul Foster Case calls the Path of Caph, the Intelligence of Conciliation which would best be seen as a gyroscope, two wheels interlocking within each other, spinning in opposite directions., for this card represents the mediation of activity between rotating and/or moving opposites. The sense being that there is a cyclic and rhythmic motion of activity, as well as, cause and effect.
What is interesting here, is that on the Thoth Tarot Card, the Sphinx is seen as the stabilizing element in the midst of change and is positioned on top of the Wheel. The ancient Egyptians used the Sphinx image as the Pharaoh, usually vanquishing his enemies, with lion like power. Later on the Greeks, modified the Sphinx by illustrating it as a woman on a male lion's body. Thus, the Sphinx came to represent the union of mankind, with the raw power of the animal kingdom, and a balance of male (electric) and female (magnetic) in the same form. Again the union of opposites, is the birth place of all Power,
The Qabalistic concept of the Sphinx is that it is the Synthesis of all Elemental Forces, much like the Pentagram symbol of Man, where the Spirit is the Fifth element above and added to the four elements of the animal kingdom. In fact, among the documents of the Enochian Mysteries of the Golden Dawn, the Sphinx has four forms, that of a Bull, Eagle, Man and Lion. These four faces are also describing by Ezekiel in the Bible interpretation of his vision. The Wheel of Fortune, is the glyph of perpetual motion where the flying Eagle balances the Man; the roaring Lion counterpoises the laborious Bull.
As stated, the Sphinx represents the stabilizing element in the midst of change. It is both the balancing phase of cyclic energy and the guardian to the gateway of the Mysteries, holding the secret of life and death. Thus the Sphinx is a gate guardian of the Path of Caph (fist) as it is both that through which one passes in birth or death, and that which controls the passage.
The Sphinx also symbolizes the directing aspect of the Higher Self in Tiphareth (beauty) and being a Gate Keeper, it is protective and keeps the Personality from absorbing more force than its system can handle.
By correctly answering the question of the Sphinx, which is an extension of the Greek Axiom, Man, know thyself. Implies that one is ready to pass through the gate of inner consciousness. As in the Oedipus legend, once correctly answered, the Sphinx throws itself back into the Sea which to a Qabalist means that the Gate keeper is no longer needed and is reabsorbed into the vast Ocean of the Universal Collective Unconsciousness that created it. If the initiate can't answer the Sphinx's question, they are "slain”, which is the protection part of the Sphinx, as it sends back those personalities that are unready to pass consciously beyond the restrictions of time/space.
The dog faced monkey, on the left side of the wheel, is in reference to the Plutonian Cynocephalus. Cynocephalus is the not only the companion of Thoth, representing the trickery of words, but also the symbol of time and eternity. Thoth, being called the Lord of Holy Words, by the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians, is the mythological inventor of writing and the scribe for the Gods whose duty was to record the results of the weighing of the Souls on the Tree of Life, Path of Lamed (See the Adjustment Card). Thoth is also said to divided time into months, seasons and years. Thus, his companion is Cynocephalus, the symbol for time and eternity. In a nut shell, the Words of Thoth are the vibratory patterns that turn the Wheel of Fortune. Being quite esoteric here, the Wheel of Fortune means that when the Higher Self brings the Elements under control, it bestows upon the Personality that "knows itself" faithful companions that are the "words" (definitions), vibratory patterns that free the Personality from the General Wheel of Fortune and/or Karma that governs the "sleeping souls" who "above all things don't know themselves.".
The Thoth Wheel of Fortune card, depicts the interaction between the Sphinx, Hermanubis and Typhon; Hermanubis is a dual god, combining Horus and Anubis and is written as Heru-em-Anpu, meaning Horus as Anubis. Sword in hand, Heru-em-Anpu is often depicted in mythology as the slayer of Typhon, who is illustrated as a snake, Typhon was of Greek origin and was involved in the wars of supremacy of the Gods. But as time develops the complexity of Myths, Typhon became the dark aspect of Osiris known as Set and changes to a crocodile like entity. The combination of these symbols plays out the counter-changing influence of Light and Dark energy. In Quantum physics, Dark Energy is the Pushing Force, the "vibrations" that spins the universe and pushes it outward. Knowing this may cause one to wonder if "death" is the pushing force for Life.
When the WHEEL OR FORTUNE is thrown during a reading:
• It indicates that in the next 10 weeks or 10 months there shall be new opportunities for creating fortune in the querent's life.
• Life is moving and being busy here, so breakthroughs in prosperity and abundance are approaching fast.
• Generally, this is a good luck card depicting rewards and recognition for things completed.
• The cycle of the law of attraction, where like attracts like.
- Acceptance of destiny.
- Understanding the purpose in life.
- Transformation of the lower into the higher.