Take a Chance on Happiness

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We are part of a vast and invisible web. When the web is disturbed, we are too. ILLUSTRATION: Aimée Dawn Robinson

Question: What will help us resolve workplace drama? 

The Card: The Wheel of Fortune, Major Arcana

Rulerships: Sagittarius, Jupiter. Colours: Blue, purple. Weekday: Wednesday. Trees: Elm, Oak. 

Gemstones & Minerals: Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, Black Opal, Sapphire, Sardonyx. 

The Deck: The Rider-Waite Coleman-Smith, first published in 1910. Card illustration here by Aimée. 

Lunar Position: I cast the reading during the Waxing Gibbous Moon in Pisces, with white sage and compassion. May it harm none. 


In the Wheel of Fortune (a.k.a. Major Arcana Ten), we see a giant wheel turning in a blue sky while curious winged creatures upon clouds watch—an angel, an eagle, a lion, a bull. Each creature is engaged with a book and/or scripture. Each creature is part of a set of astrological symbols. Snuggling a giant sword, a sphinx sits atop the wheel. A snake and a mischievous god (a.k.a. possibly the ancient Egyptian god of death, Anubis) are also present. 

There is some debate surrounding the ancient symbols drawn within the three rings comprising the big wheel. But we can safely say these symbols are present: YHVH (Yod-Heh-Vav-Heh: Hebrew for the “unutterable name of God”), alchemical symbols for water, salt, mercury, sulphur, and the four elements (Fire, Earth, Air, Water). In Alchemy, salt, mercury and sulphur are the “heavenly substances”—the tria prima (Latin for “three primes”). 


I decided to ask the question, “What will help us resolve workplace drama?” because it comes up a lot for my clients. Like, a lot. 

I am delighted we received the Wheel of Fortune as a response and message. The Wheel of Fortune reminds us that there are always consequences for our actions, even if we do not see these consequences: you are part of the great cosmic dance of karma and justice. The card also reminds us that chance exists and introduces things into our lives, even if we wish this were not so. We are part of a vast and invisible web. When the web is disturbed, we are too. 

Point being. Please, everyone engaged in workplace drama, take a few huge steps back and realize you are a tiny creature on a big planet in a complex universe that no one can really comprehend. Put aside trivial behaviours and focus on the health and happiness of the people in your life, including your workmates. There is something much bigger than you, there always will be and it is usually right in front of you.  

Also, the Wheel of Fortune reminds us we can take chances in life! If you are weighed down by workplace drama, remember you can seek other work in other places. You do not need to work in toxic environments. Take a chance on happiness instead!

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