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21. The World
The first thing to be noted about The World tarot card, is that it is the last card of the major arcana. The Major Arcana represents important major life influences, (Read Introduction to Tarot to learn more about the major and minor arcana) it is also sometimes seen by tarot readers as a journey through the numbered cards, starting with the fool who’s number is 0, taking us all the way through to The World which is the 21st and final card. That accurately sets the tone for the meaning of The World card. Below are six interpretations of this card, along with two reversed card meanings, and finally the correspondences to the “The World”
Quick Cheat Sheet The World Represents: Success, Achievement, Accomplishment, Travel, Completion, Fulfillment, Sense of Belonging, Wholeness, Harmony, Freedom, New Beginnings, End of Journey or Major life cycle, Wisdom, Experience.
What does ‘The World’ Tarot Card Mean?
1. The End of a Successful Endeavor and Gain of Wisdom- When receiving this card, it could represent a birth, a marriage, a graduation, or the accomplishment of a goal, dream, purpose or aspiration. Everything has come together you may have endured hardships and challenges along the way but now you are wise and strong. A common card to appear when you’ve accomplished a life goal or life cycle. You now have the freedom to exercise your experience in your new journeys. Not only does it signify the end of a journey, but much like graduating from college it also opens a new beginning. The Fool has reached the final steps of his path and The World is a promise of his success.
2. Physical World Travel The World may also represent physical world travel. You may have received an offer to travel for work, or maybe on opportunity to vacation in a foreign country for an extended period of time. You are either traveling now or will be traveling soon. This card indicates that you’ll be comfortable and welcome where ever you decide to visit.
3. You’ve found your Place in the World The World also represents a period where you recognize your place in this world. You can see how your actions intertwine with others and connect to make the world a better place. Maybe you have even recently come to an understanding of your impact in the world.
4. Wholeness This card can also point to a strong feeling of unity, wholeness, and fulfillment. Are you feeling like you are at one with the universe? Or perhaps feeling whole in your relationship or even as a person.
5.Weight of the World The World can also signify that you are figuratively feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders, which is not an easy place to be.
6. Congratulations are in order! This is a card about not only completing things, but also getting well earned applause and pats on the back for doing so. It means that the goal you’ve been working on will receive the highest acclaim and praise.
Reversed World Tarot Card Meaning
Quick Cheat Sheet The Reversed World Represents: Lack of success, disappointment, burden, No closure, Emptiness, Isolation
1. Delayed The reversed World can indicate that a goal will be delayed and that more time and energy must be put into the goal if you want to successfully achieve it.
2. Stumbling The reversed World can also indicate a time when you are close to reaching completion but for no real reason, you lose focus and try cutting corners. Organize yourself, evaluate yourself, and remind yourself how close you are to reaching your goal and that you can have the world if you persist. This suggests that you are trying to achieve completion in your life but you are not taking all the steps necessary to do so. There is a tendency to take the easiest or quickest path to finish early but often this does not lead to the outcome you had planned.
The World and It’s Correspondences
The World tarot card is ruled by the planet Saturn.
The number of The World card is 21 which in numerology is reduced to 3.
Coming soon: Symbolism of The World Tarot Card
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