Understanding the Karmic Wheel
The diagram on the left describes the order of the Cards as they
progress through the positions in the framework while the deck is
being quadrated. These positions from here on will be termed
houses, and the
card that resides in each house
in the sun chart
will be said to own that house.
To start, notice the inner circle which contains the fixed
state cards. The fixed
cards are shown as being linked to each other in the form of a triangle.
This symbolism is reflective of the maxim that the fixed
cards create an anchor through which the movement of the outer Wheel
maintains its harmonic balance.
state pairs are represented by showing their connection using
2-way arrows. This symbolism represents the reality that even
in the fixed nature of the universal 'Law of One', duality is present
and creates an alternating sequence of attraction.
The outer wheel then contains the remaining 45 cards that are always
in motion whenever the deck is quadrated. Even though these
cards are always moving, there is a sequence that these cards follow
in relation to each other. Look at the Sun
chart and notice the position of the
in the chart. According to Richmond, the card that resides
in that house
is called the solar
time card. We will use that card house
(at the top point of the large triangle) to describe the movement
of these 45 cards throughout the quadrations.
Each time the deck is quadrated, the cards on the outer wheel progress
one position to the left (counter-clockwise) to show the progression
of cards through each house
in the framework. Using the solar
time card house
as an example, quadrating the deck will move the
into that house.
This first quadration can be considered akin to the astrological
natal chart that is manifest at the moment
of birth. Therefore, the first quadration represents year
zero, which starts at birth and lasts up to your first birthday.
Quadrating the deck again, the
will move into the solar
time card house
for that year (this represents the year '1' chart)
If you continue quadrating the deck, on your 44th birthday the
will again be in its original house
time card house).
This wheel maintains its movement unceasingly throughout life.
Therefore, on the 45th birthday the cards will all be in the exact
same houses as
they were at birth, except for one important difference.
The outer wheel of 45 cards will all return to their respective
houses, but the
pairs of cards in the inner circle will be in their alternate houses.
will have changed positions as will the
As a result of this, it will be seen that the first set of 45 quadrations
(years 0 - 44) will be exactly the same as the second set of 45
quadrations (years 45 - 89) except that the binary
state pairs of ruling cards will have changed places.
From this we can see that there are a total of 90 unique quadrations,
and on the 90th birthday the cards will be in the exact locations
that they were in the year 0 quadration. Therefore, for years
90 and beyond, you start counting from 0 again.
The description above shows the movement of the cards as they progress
through a particular card house as
the deck is being quadrated. However, another important progression
is occurring at the same time as this counter-clockwise motion.
When the wheel is moving in the clockwise motion, the card that
moves into the solar
time card house
on the outer wheel represents the card house
will be in for that year.
For example, at the year 0 quadration the wheel moves clockwise
and shows that the
will move into the solar
time card house.
This means that the
card) will be in the
house at the
year 0 quadration. At the year 1 quadration (rotating clock-wise
will then be in the
house, and so
From this we can see that there is Karmic Wheel movement in both
directions simultaneously as the deck is being quadrated, and outpictures
as described below:
Rotation of the Karmic Wheel in the clockwise direction
exposes the quadration that represents the outward movement
of the wheel. This represents the positive linear sequence
of number, where the quadrations fan out in ascending order,
starting with 0 and going to 88. At year 89 you will
arrive again at the top of the wheel and will have rotated
one complete cycle.
- Shows the movement of our birth
card through the various houses
in the framework.
- Shows the card house
in the framework through which we act in the
- It indicates the characters and events present in the
moment as they are colored by characteristics (karmic
expression) of the card house
- Signifies the effort necessary to align our lower
will to the original
will behind our birth
- It is representative of the masculine polarity of the
universe, outpicturing as the event horizon or the Rising
- Shows that the house
card resides in that chart represents the rising
- As a point of symmetry, the card in the rising
chart that sits in the birth
will be the moon
card for that year.
Rotation of the Karmic Wheel in the counter-clockwise
direction exposes the quadration that represents
the inward movement of the wheel. This represents the
negative linear sequence of number, where the quadrations
fan out in descending order, starting with 88 and going to
0. At year 89 you will arrive again at the top of the
wheel and will have rotated one complete cycle.
Since the year 89 quadration represents the sun
chart, it means that at year 89, the sun
chart and rising
chart are all the same. Therefore, year 89 represents
the point of greatest potential for the individual, having all 3
aspects of Self aligned to the same orientation.
The graphic below shows a cross-section of the top of the karmic
wheel using the sun chart as an example to describe how the quadrations
fan out like a wheel. The object of this graphic is to show
how movement of the karmic wheel produces the sequence of Rising
and Moon charts as it is rotated in both clockwise and counter-clockwise