The harder I work, the luckier I become. This is of course, a paraphrase of Thomas Jefferson’s famous line. If we think of Fortune as a dispassionate goddess, detached from all but random irony as she dispenses luck, it seems a silly thought.
But Fortune is not Fate. Looking closely at the image, we see the elemental guardian angels all read from blank books.
We can’t forget the Snake as Wisdom, unattached from the Wheel and descending to us like a gift from above. Or yet, Anubus, the jackal headed god on the other side of the Wheel. On the Day of Reckoning, it is he who calls the balance as our heart is weighed against Truth, symbolized in that story as an ostrich feather. Brings a whole new twist to being light- or heavy-hearted!
The Goddess Fortuna is portrayed as a sitting Sphynx, far from reclining meditation as she is normally shown. Almost crouching, her tail seems to twitch as the holds that two-edged blade of thoughtful decision at the ready. In her eyes you can see her expectant “double dare ya” as she waits for you to make the next move.
Far from fickle, Fortune is to be made, won or lost. It is the Fates who seem to care not what, or whom, or how as they spin, weave and cut the threads of life.
Fortune is more like a roulette wheel. Yes, this game has the worst odds in any casino, and the best possible return. However, you aren’t going to win unless you play. And guess what? You are already playing. If you win, and how much, all depends on where you place your chips – meaning: what sort of energy you put out there and exactly where you put it. Careful, now! … Then after that planning, prayer and preparation all you can say is, “Let ‘er spin!”
Images from The Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck are used in this blog. They feature the artist, Pamela Colman Smith’s, original coloring and lovely back design. The cards are a bit oversized and printed on sturdy cardstock. This deck is one of my personal favorites. =:->AD
Rider-Waite images used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.