Oracle of the Day: Wheel of Fortune

Take a risk. You'll never know until you try.  Photo Credit: Meli Halstead

Take a risk. You’ll never know until you try.
Photo Credit: Meli Halstead

Positive Affirmation of the Day:

I will take a chance in life and move in a positive direction.

Central theme of your writing piece for the day:

Wheel of Fortune conjures up images of the game show contestants crossing their fingers as they guess the letters.  Vanna White, with her bright smile and shiny dress, walks across the stage as the letters light up. The more letters that light up cause the contestant to squirm in excitement.  The dollar amount makes this dinging sound as the numbers increase.  The final results shows up – $5000.

I’m watching the show and my mind is whisked away to my dream vacation spot. One day I’ll be on Wheel of Fortune.

As high as you go, is as low as you go.  The very same contestant that jumped up and down in excitement would get in a funky mood when the dreaded pointer stopped at “bankrupt”.  That sucks.  No one wants to lose that kind of money.  I know I cried like a baby when I lost five dollars.  Imagine all the frugal things one could do with five dollars!

I digress….

Wheel of Fortune game is kind of the same as the Wheel of Fortune card.   What’s beautiful about this card is that if you take a chance rather than running and hiding, you will overcome all of your obstacles.  It’s like the game show — you have to take a chance at guessing the correct letter and you’ll win big.  Who knows what that “big” will look like, but you’ll never know until you try.

Writing Focus:

I meet many people on a daily basis and inevitability the topic of writing a book comes up. People have big stories to share with me and I love it!  I really do.  It makes me so excited to listen to their experiences and know that other people would love to read about their lives.  This is a regular person with incredible stories.  Here is an actual conversation I had with someone a few weeks back:


Combat Veteran Friend: I have so many stories to tell.  I just can’t get the images out of my head.

Me: Sounds like you have the makings of a great book.

Combat Veteran Friend: A book? Who would read it?  How would I tell it?

Me: There are people who want to read about your experience as a combat medic and your 7 tours to Iraq and Afghanistan.  I dare you to share your stories.

Combat Veteran Friend:  I don’t know.  **He got really pensive.**

Me: I triple dog dare you to share your stories.  That’s the big kahuna of dares, so you gotta do it.

It’s safe to say that this person has contributed a personal essay to a collection of stories with other combat veteran.  I am so excited that he decided to allow his story to be told.  Personally, I think he has many more to share and would do a great service to us all by writing them down. He also took a big step and started blogging for this military journal.

Your writing time will have periods of ups and downs.  This is the great thing about the wheel of fortune.  During the up moments, that’s when the creativity factor is at an all time high and things are going freaking amazing for you.  Use that time to write your heart out.  Then, the wheel turns into the down moments, and rather than get all cranky that nothing is working out for you; take this time to go out and cultivate moments of inspiration so you can use it for later.

I Dare You To Take Action Prompt:

In the upward turn of the Wheel of Fortune — Write as much as you can.  Allow the stories from your head spill onto the page.  This is not a time to edit.  This is a time to create.  This is a time to take risks.  This is a time to move in a positive direction.  This is a time to GROW and FLOURISH.

In the downward turn of the Wheel of Fortune — Now is the time to step away from your piece.  Go and do something for yourself other than write.  Participate in some local community activities.  Meet some friends you have lost touch with during your writing time.  Get involved in some charities.  Once you’ve done this for a few days, take this time to edit your work or go to the library and do some in-depth research.


I’d love to hear how this oracle has enhanced your writing.  Leave a comment and enrich the lives of our other readers.  Pay your experiences forward.

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Meli Halstead is a kickass teacher who likes to help writers get their stories written using a variety of oracles.  She has written and published several short stories in her life time.  She also gives a voice to those who are trapped in the cruel world of human trafficking.

Wondering where in the world I got this amazing card? It is part of the wonderful deck Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law and Barbara Moore. *I am not an affiliate in any way. I bought the card deck because they were AWESOME!*

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