I first came across this divination method in a book I’ve had in my personal collection for a number of years, The Complete Book of Fortune Telling (New York: Gramercy Books, an imprint of Random House Value publishing, copyright 1998, ISBN: 0-517-20262-X). Though the book has a copyright date of 1998 C.E., it gives the appearance of being a re-issue of an earlier title; the typeface and slightly-antique phrasing of the text both say ‘early Twentieth Century’ to me, or possibly even ‘late Nineteenth Century.’ Among other topics, it covers subjects like physiognomy and phrenology, which even I as a diviner don’t take seriously, but were popular way-back-when.
This gem of a divination method, the Wheel of Fortune, was tucked in on pages 431-436. The book said it was ‘devised by a gifted occultist, as the result of long experience and mature reflection’ but the name of said-occultist was never revealed. The mystery occultist also reportedly based this device on traditional western astrology. The zodiac has officially been changed to thirteen signs by the international astronomical community, and some of the smarter astrologers are trying to bring astrology into the Twenty-First Century, but if you approach this method in a spirit of sincerity, it will work for you. Actually I think at this point, the astrology-overlay of it is largely irrelevant, and merely serves as a way of categorizing the answers. The way this works is, a.) you first blindly choose a segment of the circle with a zodiacal sign assigned to it (using a pointer of some kind), then b.) you blindly choose one of the numbers within the zodiacal segment you first chose.