Arco (TN)

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Wheel of Fortune - October 12, 2014

Proceeding through this month long celebration of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai's second anniversary we go back to May of 2013:

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

 "Today we step into the realm of The Wheel of Fortune (X), the tenth card in the Major Arcanum. As I started preparing this episode the first question which came up in my mind was 'What to do with this card? What is the Christian meaning of a gambling Wheel of Fortune?' Well ... we will see that in this episode ... let's go on and take a look at this card...."

la fortuna gira
per il bene o male

fortune turns
 for good or bad

la signora
senza guardarti passa
e si dice -  karma

the lady
without seeing  you passes
and one says - karma

I decided to write the haiku in Italian because Italy, the center of Catholicism, is also the country where people believe in "luck" more than any other people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting in this world.  Whatever happens, almost certainly you will people say ... "Ah ... la fortuna..." (or one of the various synonyms or antonyms that deal with luck).  

Ultimately, 'fortuna' means not only luck but something that's destined, written in the cards, that can't be avoided.   There are lots of ways of saying it too (in both senses) ... here's a link where you can read a some of the words that mean good fortune ( and the opposite).  I always found it funny that 'America' is a synonym for Good Luck (Ah! Hai trovato l'america! - Ah, you've found America!)   

Luck (Fortuna) is a lady and she's blind or blind-folded (which tell you something when you think that for the Anglo-Saxon world, Justice is blind).  There's nothing that can be done when she turns away from you ... and of course nothing to be proud about if she turns towards you!

Unfortunately, Italian is a phonetic language and getting a 5-7-5 syllable count and still write something worth reading if very difficult for me ... ;-)

The name of the video is called:  Luck is blind ..


  1. Thank you for sharing all this information -- this will be so helpful down the road when we want to write about someone being lucky/fortunate - and need a new way to express that! Interesting indeed that "you've found America" is being lucky ....!

    Also interesting that you mention Catholic Italy believes very much in luck ... suppose they're very superstitious too? I seem to remember my Polish Catholic family being superstitious.

    Really loving the Italian/English haiku. :)

    1. They wouldn't call themselves superstitious, but yes, they are on the whole, and pretty much fatalistic as well. Glad you enjoyed the post ...

  2. What a wonderful take on Wheel of Fortune Georgia ... as I wrote in the post ... than back in 2013 as I was doing that month of Tarot cards it was very difficult to write an every day post, because I had to do a lot of research.

    1. I really appreciate the work that goes into daily prompts .. and to go into something like the Tarot cards is awesome work and time consuming. Glad you liked the take :-)


harmonious words ... like crystal clear water ... pure ectasy

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