X THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE
Updated: Aug 27
Eventually, “The Fool” experiences a new run of luck. He doesn’t come to notice that there have always been continuous changes in his life until he experiences a major form of loss or a crisis. The archetype of “The Wheel of Fortune” speaks to life’s constant changing tides reminding us that the only constant is change. Life always has its ups and downs.
Many variations on this theme exist but all have a wheel as its main design element. The one I find most interesting is the one that depicts the Three Moirai (or Moirae). In ancient Greece, they were the goddesses of fate who symbolized the destiny of mankind. Klotho spun the thread of life, Lakhesis measured the thread of life, and Atropos cut the thread of life.
Other depictions of “The Wheel of Fortune” include another detail I find illuminating. It is that of the script found on the banners the different characters carry as they cycle through "The Wheel of Fortune": “Regno” (I reign), “Regnabo” (I shall reign), “Regnavi” (I reigned), and “Sum sine regno” (I am without reign).
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