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Fortune: The Lord of the of Fate

The Lord of the of Fate. Forces of Life. Kaph. Jupiter.

Fortune.  Jupiter.  Kaph.  On the Wheel of Fortune at the top is the Sphinx meaning intelligence and balance (Hindoo=Sattvas).

On the left is Hermanubis the Ape who is unstable brilliant reason (Hindoo=Rajas).

At the bottom of the wheel is Typhon who expresses ignorance and sluggishness (Hindoo=Tamas).

Here we have the implication to be found on all these cards of possible regeneration in all circumstances, for Typhon holds the Ankh of salvation with one hand and in the other the hook with which he snatches the soul.

The eclipse of stars at the top of the card generates in forked lines the circle of the wheel.

By the attribution of this card to the planet Jupiter, it is made to represent the Universe in its aspect of continual change.  The appearance of all sorts of celestial phenomena emphasises this.  In the middle is the ten-spoked wheel, the accepted symbol of Fortune.  The three figures attached to the wheel symbolise the three forms of energy, expressed in Hindu System by the term Guna.  At the top sits the Sphinx, typifying intelligence and balance (Sativas); Hermanubis, in the semblance of an ape, represents the restlessness of brilliant, unstable reason (Rajas); and at the bottom, almost falling from the wheel, is the reptile-headed Typhon (Tamas), the symbol of destruction, sluggishness, and ignorance.  The alchemical attributes of the Gunas are Sulphur, Mercury, and Salt.

Change of fortune, generally good.  Destiny.


This page last updated: 03/01/2018

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