Wheel of Fortune


Pronouns: Unknown

+ Winning; good luck

– Bad luck; a massive loss

This card is a call back to two of my other deck projects: my first tarot deck, Bridge Witches and a small poker deck called Lost River: A Deck for Divination and Play. 

Each day like many other cities across America, we play out the real life horror that is the gentrification of our communities. The large floating head blindly slurps things up to grow bigger and stronger, then spitting out the things it can’t make sense of. It can’t be argued that nice things aren’t nice, but when they come at the cost of others, their communities, their history etc—that’s unquestionably quite bad.

The bird, fish, butterfly, and rabbit represent the four elements: air, water, fire, and earth respectively. Each are also a pawn in this game when we spin the wheel. They are also symbolic of anxiety, depression, rage, and jealousy—the byproducts of “bad luck” but really the symptoms of being cast aside.

When this card comes up in a reading think of it like a coin flip. “Will things work out?” Sure. What is the ripple effect of this change. Is it worth the gamble? When I win, who loses?

August 30, 2022 — Genevieve Barbee-Turner