Loving today’s card for Day 28/78 of the Yoga Tarot Challenge.
Of course, I just couldn’t do the pose on this Wheel of Fortune card because when I think of the tenth Major Arcana, I think…Chakrasana (Wheel Pose)! I’m actually kind if surprised chakrasana isn’t depicted with this card.
Naturally, the Wheel of Fortune is associated in the Yoga Tarot with Karma.
“Every physical action, word, or thought produces other actions. Nothing happens by chance. But only here and now, only in this current instant of Liberation does the wheel of Karma stop. Cycle — dilemma” (p. 7).
This is the classic, “Everything happens for a reason,” except I’m realizing the reason doesn’t have to be about me. I think many of us think, “Ah, well, that didn’t work out for me because I’m meant to do/be/have something else — maybe even something better!”
Why don’t we ever think it didn’t work out for us because it worked out for someone else? That’s a good thing! We’re not owed bigger and better things when someone else receives the good fortune we hoped was ours. Is it not enough for us to see other people happy?
The more I think about how we don’t always want someone else to be happy when we aren’t happy, the more I think that’s some ugly Karma. It’s only just technically not wishing someone ill.
Now, I’m not saying we can’t be disappointed or sad or overwhelmingly devastated by our own misfortune. I think we can be all those things and glad that someone else had a better day than we did.
In fact, that’s sometimes all we have except we usually build ourselves up with the opposite sentiment: Today was terrible, but there’s someone out there who had it worse. And that makes us feel better… but I’m beginning to think that’s a bullshit way to “feel better.”
I don’t think that way of thinking is working for us. Do you? Let’s stop. In that moment right before we want to lean into that negativity, let’s step back and think about Karma.