The Wheel of Fortune is a reminder that all life flows in circles. This is a reminder that most of us with Depression need. Badly. And often.
When we’re in the throes of a bout of Depression, it can be easy to think that this is the way that things will always be. The Wheel of Fortune reminds us that it’s not.
Things will get better and things might get worse. That is the nature of life. The one thing you can guarantee is that things will always be changing.
Yes. Even when you have Depression.
An episode of Depression may lead you to believe that each day is the same. It seems that way when you’re stuck in the bottom of the abyss. Only things aren’t the same. There are always small shifts, sometimes so small that you don’t recognize them.
It’s not until afterwards that we can look back and see where those shifts occurred.
The Wheel of Fortune isn’t a quick fix. That’s the point. It’s a reminder that “this too shall pass.” A glimmer of hope when it all seems too much.
It’s also a poignant reminder for those of us who live with Depression but are in a “well” phase. Although you feel good right now, there’s a mighty good chance that tomorrow will be a reminder of just how devastating the demon Depression can be.
So, how do we work with the Wheel of Fortune?
If you’ve been following this series, you’ll be aware that I usually include a guided meditation for you to follow, but I don’t feel that’s appropriate with this card. To me, wheels are for flowing and not structure, so I think it’s a better idea to grab a pen and paper and follow your thoughts.
Place the card in front of you and see what parts of the image capture your attention. It doesn’t really matter which tarot deck you’re using.
Here are some questions you can use to kick off your journaling.
- What attracts my attention in this image?
- What do I dislike in this image? Why?
- What part of this image makes me feel hopeful?
- What part of this image makes me feel sad?
- What does the phrase “wheel of fortune” mean for me?
These are just some points to get you started, make sure you allow your thoughts, and your pen, to wander off wherever they want to go.
Another tip: sleep with the Wheel of Fortune under your pillow when you need a reminder that things will get better.
This is only THIS moment.
Fiona Tate, AKA the Depression Muse, is a Lilithian Witch, Writer, and Mental Health Mentor. She helps people with Depression use it as a superpower and turn it into a Creature of Fucking beauty. She’s on a mission to reduce the global suicide rate to zero. Follow this link to receive a free copy of her book Depression Sucks and join the waitlist to hear more about Black Orchid Alchemy: The alternative way to manage Depression.