Detail of Wheel of Fortune card from the Tarot Illuminati by Erik C. Dunne.

Hello Colorful Creative!

The Wheel of Fortune depicts a wheel that is ever revolving. This card represents the wheel of life and its cycle of ups and downs, ebbs and flows, beginnings and endings, expansions and retractions, and death and rebirth. Life never stays the same. It would be fair to say that the only constant in Life is change. 

The sphinx depicts spiritual wisdom, while the snake represents Set, god of darkness and destruction. The god Anubis symbolizes the one who leads the dead towards their new journey. The four beings in the corner of this card represent the four elements, as well as the four fixed signs of the Zodiac (Top left to bottom right: Aquarius, Scorpio, Taurus and Leo). Notice how each creature looks like they are reading out of a book acquiring knowledge. There is no better teacher than living life. We learn through our experiences of mishaps and successes which help us to grow in understanding. The wheel is ever-turning and wisdom is forever being gained. This is the tenth card of the Major Arcana in the RWS deck. Tens represent endings and new beginnings. 

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Creative Aspect: The creative process goes through many cycles in the development of a project. There is the birth of an idea, and the growth of the project, and finally the completion. There are many smaller cycles of frustration and success within the growth of an art piece that lead the creator through a varying range of disappointment and elation. It can make you feel like you are on an emotional rollercoaster! If you encounter stress or upset while working on your piece, remember ‘that this too shall pass’. Take a break if you need to, but get back to work once you feel better. Keep pushing through. Every creation goes through an ‘ugly period’ where it’s just not working the way you had hoped, or you feel like you are just making a mess of things. It can be beneficial to start more than one project at a time. That way if you get annoyed at one piece, you can put it aside for a short time and work on the other. Don’t forget….the creative wheel turns continuously, nothing stays the same. Keep moving forward until you feel you have gotten to your desired destination. 

If you draw the Wheel of Fortune for creative inspiration, how can you express the concept of cycles, ebb and flow, expansion and contraction, or gaining wisdom from ever changing experiences in life? What would this look like? What materials would you use? How would you execute this concept within your particular art form?

Other questions to ponder if you draw the Wheel of Fortune:

  1. What can I do to help myself when I experience a cycle of frustration in my creativity? What has worked in the past?
  2. What skills can I learn to help balance out the up and down cycles so they don’t seem so extreme?
  3. How can I stay present in the moment no matter what stage of the creative cycle I’m on?

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