Even though it’s reached new heights
I rather like the restless nights
It makes me wonder it makes me think
There’s more to this I’m on the brink
It’s not the fear of what’s beyond
It’s just that I might not respond
I have an interest almost craving
But would I like to get too far in
Help me, help me to find my true
Self without seeing the future
Save me, save me from torturing
Myself within my dreams
… Re-incarnate play the game Again and again and againInfinite Dreams – Iron Maiden
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son – 1988
The concept of Fortune and The Wheel is a way of expressing the way we travel, search and learn our way through life (or our many lives). It is a rather difficult concept to come to terms with, but so is living. Put quite simply, The Wheel is the countryside that we travel across. Think of us as starting at the edge and working our way towards the hub. This sounds simple and quite easy. Well, that bit is; but why are we traveling across a wheel and not some safe little country (England sounds nice) and why is there one of those sphinxes hanging around?
Imagine if one night you went to bed in your own soft bed and when you woke up you were lying in a field of carrots in the middle of Europe. And when you dared ask where you were & why no-one would give you a very straight or useful answer. This is the sort of thing that our friendly Wheel of Fortune does to us. Sounds like mis-fortune! But, if you think about your life, this is how you probably spend a great amount of your time: rather confused (hopefully not lying in a European carrot field).
Try not to hate The Wheel or it’s sphinx attendant, remember they are actually here on your request, although it’s most often very hard to remember this. This is largely due to sphinxes being reluctant to answer questions, however reasonable the questions (or reasons for them) may seem.
Of course, by now you’re probably wondering how to deal with these two questionable friends? Let’s start with The Wheel. We can’t stop it turning or all existence would cease to exist, so we have to accept the changes that it brings us and make the most of them. Believe me, there’s always a way, and after a while, you’ll get used to the motion (just like being sea-sick).
Now the sphinx. Asking questions will appear to be a waste at first, but in time you’ll learn to ask the right questions and understand the answers. Just always try to remember that this is quite personal so no-one else will be able to tell you which questions to ask. Despite these two appearing rather dubious friends they are here to help you with your lessons.
Despite what I said above, don’t think of The Wheel as being remotely personal. The Wheel is essentially the Universe & the Laws of Nature; gravity, breathing, physics! The way that you come to understand it must be personal.
Change of fortune. Acceptance of life’s ups & downs. New cycles coming in. Cycles of birth/death. Desire for a goal in life. Confusion. Feeling lost.