Artist: Roxana Paul
A watermill wheel rotated by the three monkeys against a background of a wall with monumental frescoes is depicted in the Wheel card. The monkeys symbolize the very beginning of humanity. They turn the wheel of the material world against the backdrop of a string of Babylonian gods ascending the staircase leading to the heaven.
The Babylonian epic “Enuma Elish” (The Seven Tablets of Creation) describes the birth of the gods and the creation of the universe and humanity from initial chaos. This epic explains the Babylonian worldview, making Marduk a supreme deity and describing the creation of humankind to serve and obey the gods. Marduk, the ruler of heavens, is in the center of Enuma Elish’s plot. He defeats Tiamat who personalizes the material world, and takes the Tablets of Destiny from her. A possessor of the Tablets of Destiny became a master of fortune and ruler of the universe.
The Wheel of Fortune card symbolizes luck as well as a device to come events into motion. It represents all manifestations of fate versus free will, the moments of life when an invisible hand of destiny shows people unpredicted evil events or beautiful presents. The rotation of the Wheel of Fortune creates unexpected events that influence destiny. It may be a turning point or sudden twist of fate. Using what a chance offers and relying on the feelings rather than logic, creates opportunities to catch luck.
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