Interpreting the World Tarot Card
An introduction to the meaning of the World tarot card
The World represents ultimate completion and self-actualization, the successful merging of the conscious with the subconscious, and an achievement which will define ones' life indefinitely. As the Wheel tarot card described the cyclical nature of life and existence, the World is the completion of this cycle, referring to the end of a major goal or activity which has been in the making for an extended period of time, rather than actual physical death. This achievement is significant and well-earned, full of promise and fulfilment, representing a spiritual threshold of enlightenment finally reached with great patience and a substantial investment of time and energy.
The image of the World thus depicts the four major symbols of the collective universe: the bull, the lion, the eagle, and man, all of which are placed separately in a quadrant corresponding to North, South, East, and West. Each corner of the card contains one symbol, representing the balance of all time, space, and matter existing infinitely together in a universal union.
When drawn, the World represents that all aspects of existence have finally come together for the individual in question, a balance has been reached, a purpose planned and executed, and there have been no corners cut in obtaining this well-rounded end. The World also symbolizes that since an end has finally been reached, a new beginning is to arise, for although a particular cycle may have ended, this simply means that another is bound to begin. Other interpretations of the World tarot card may also suggest that the travel to a foreign destination may occur, a voyage which will be anything but short in length and distance, for the World always represents a drastic change in circumstances.
The meaning of the World tarot card is influenced by the position of the card
as it is drawn from the deck, the position it occupies in the card
layout, and by the cards that are positioned before and after it.
The World tarot card - upright meaning:
When the World card lands in the upright position it indicates a successful conclusion to an important plan or project. It may also reveal a positive connection to international matters such as overseas travel or news from abroad. Look to surrounding cards for further clarification.
The World tarot card - reversed meaning:
When the World card is in the upside-down/reversed position it indicates a negative connection to foreign countries. There may also be apprehension regarding change or a fear of venturing out into the unknown.
Keywords/phrases associated with the World tarot card:
Upright -successful conclusion, emigration, travel abroad, foreign countries, international affairs
Reversed - permanence, feeling trapped, going nowhere, fear of unknown
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