Today’s card is Fortune, number ten of the Major Arcana, also known as the Lord of the Forces of Life. Each of the Major Arcana cards represents a principle in occult worship or enlightenment, with this card being the 22nd and final card of the Majors, which are numbered 0 – 21. When studying these principles, one would start with the number 0, The Fool, representing innocence, the beginning of a journey, and the initiate, and ending with number 21, The Universe. Having traveled through the theoretical concepts of Magick, therefore, one would need only to apply these principles in real life to move forward on the path of enlightenment.
This card represents our destiny. Destiny and Karma differ from each other in that your destiny is the mission that you are working in your present incarnation while your Karma is the cause and effect that results from decisions and actions made over several of your lifetimes. The concept of reincarnation included the opportunity to select the mission that you will be on prior to the reincorporation of your soul into physical form. I like to call this phase of rebirth the ‘Mission Identification’ portion of the process. Unfortunately, once we are actually born into the physical world we forget, as humans, what our soul mission is! This is then a major part of our journey; to rediscover our mission and work on completing it.
When this card appears it is telling us that if we seek our destiny, our inner truth, our path will smooth, flow, and advance at a steady pace. This is not to say that we will not experience stumbling blocks or fallow periods; what it does mean is that even when life is trying to kick your butt, you will be content to continue working this path. People throughout history have found success, contentment, and enlightenment from working their mission with joy. Real fulfillment is found when one is closest to their mission or DESTINY!
On the flip side, this card can also represent someone who is determined to do things their own way even when their destiny is staring them in the face. These people are often self-sabotaging and blame their unhappiness on others around them. If you are one of these miserable few, take a moment to listen to your heart and soul. There you will find what you are looking for, not in the world that you are forcibly creating for yourself!
This card can also indicate good fortune in the form of a win, a promotion, or a battle won. Have confidence in your talents, give thanks for your gifts, and dare to reach a little higher today!