The World tarot card from the Universal Waite deck. A dancing androgyne holds a wand in both hands. They h ave long golden hair and a purple scarf is wrapped around their body. They are depicted within a green wreath with a red ribbon denoting an infiity symbol at the top. In the top right hand corner is a human head, gazing at an eagle's head opposite. In the bottom right hand corner is a bull's head gazing at the viewer. Opposite them is a lion's head, also gaziing at the viewer
The big message of The World card is Truth. Living in your truth, speaking your truth. Being aligned with Truth. One of my early spiritual teachers used to say “It doesn’t matter if you lie to others, as long as you don’t lie to yourself.” \
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Welcome to the TarotCraft podcast. I’m Allison Jean, a Tarot enthusiast from Australia. Please join me on this journey into the mystic depths of Tarot and divination.
You can find the link to the transcript for this episode in the show notes, or go to my blog at www.Tarotcraft.com, that’s t-a-r-o-t-c-r-a-f-t dot .com
I will share a description of the image for those who don’t have the card to hand, or for those who can’t see clearly. Each corner of the card shows a head emerging from a cloud. In the top left hand corner is a human head and in the top right hand corner an eagle’s head. Both of the heads face towards one another. In the bottom left hand corner is the head of a bull and the bottom right shows the head of a lion. These two heads appear to face the viewer. In the centre of the card is a dancing figure. They are naked except for a long purple scarf that wraps across one shoulder and then winds around their waist, with the extra length lying on the floor. In my opinion, it looks somewhat like a purple snake loosely draped about the person, with the head of the snake on the floor next to their dancing feet. In each hand they hold a baton.
Their head is slightly turned to the side, looking off between the human head at the top and the bull’s head at the bottom. The figure is surrounded by a green, oval shaped wreath. The wreath has a red ribbon wrapped around it in the shape of an “x” at the top and bottom. At the top of the card is the Roman numeral 21 and at the bottom of the card is written The World.
In podcast episode 6 we looked at the Ace of Pentacles and we finished on this thought from the Challenge associates with the Ace of Pentacles.
“The challenge of this card is finding a balance between the physical aspects of life and elements that are intangible. These could include relationships, self-development, spirituality, and contributing to the world in a way that benefits others and not your just yourself. It’s easy to become blinkered by our immediate needs and wants and forget about the bigger picture. We need to keep in mind how we impact others, not just today but in years and generations to come.”
This leads us right into The World card, the very last card of the Major Arcana series. If we look at the series of 22 Major Arcana cards as a whole, we see the progress of spiritual and emotional development, from being a self-focused and pleasure oriented Individual in the Fool, to being part of the Universal Collective in The World.
No one can remain an island, and most of us find that our greatest happiness comes when we are contributing to the happiness of others and not just our own. We see the Divine Love for humanity in The World card. We see acting in the best interest of the Universal Collective. We see individual pursuits and self-focused interests put aside to focus on the Greater Good of All.
The World is generally considered to be one of the most fortunate cards to meet in a reading. Whatever is happening, it will be for the best for everyone and the outcome of the situation will be a blessing for many, not just the querant.
The World represents wholeness, completion and potentially also endings given it is the last card of the Major Arcana series. To indicate an ending though, I would be looking for other cards to back that up.
It also resonates with groupings of 4, such as:
It has a strong link to other cards numbered 4 – the 4’s of each suite of the Minor Arcana, and the fourth Major Arcana, the Emperor. So when you see those cards come up in a spread with The World, the message of The World is reinforced in which ever area is indicated by the other 4 numbered cards.
It is generally considered that the dancing figure in the centre of the wreath is the ‘Divine Androgyne’, or union of opposing forces within the Self, leading to enlightenment.
Fame and fortune can be indicated, for example if the querant is asking about the success of an audition or interview, as can worldly success and power. Equally, spiritual mastery and enlightenment can also be indicated. Look at the surrounding cards to tease out the details.
This card is often linked with travel and holidays and on a simpler note, could be advising the querant to get out into The World.
Another aspect to consider is that the wreath could be indicating a protective circle, or boundary, so perhaps the querant needs to practice psychic protection, energetic cleansing or be prepared to say ‘no’. As always, the other cards surrounding The World will give you more information about the correct interpretation.
The World also helps you to consider the ways in which you seek fulfilment as you move through life. This card encourages you to find fulfilment inside of yourself and through service to the Universal Collective. When you are blocked from finding fulfilment within you’re more likely to start looking for it in things that make you feel better temporarily, and to then engage in an unhealthy relationship with those things. Things such as too much shopping, addictive substances, unhelpful compulsive behaviours, etc. are all signals that you are off track when it comes to your personal and spiritual fulfilment. The World invites you to review your habits and patterns and begin to discard anything that is a dysfunctional response to your search for fulfilment.
When reversed or negatively aspected, this card indicates that there is still some way to go before the goal is reached, but that you are on the right track. It could also indicate that something you have been working toward is now something you no longer want. It could also be advising you that more effort is needed – perhaps you have been lazy or distracted by competing priorities and goals.
The big message of The World card though, is Truth. Living in your truth, speaking your truth. Being aligned with Truth. One of my early spiritual teachers used to say “It doesn’t matter if you lie to others, as long as you don’t lie to yourself.” Not everyone needs or deserves your truth. Sometimes it’s safer to keep yourself to yourself or to only disclose the minimum someone needs to know. Don’t fall for self-deception or let yourself be distracted by illusion. I’d rather know the truth of things, even if the truth is unremarkable. I’ve found that the more I can live in a way that is aligned with and that honours my truth, the happier I am.
For example, there was a long time I kept my spiritual life very private, even secret, from my work life and family life. These days, my spiritual life is still private, but it’s no longer secret. It’s no one’s business at work, but I no longer have a fear of my boss or colleagues finding out that I read Tarot cards. Being able to integrate that part of my Truth into my life has been a big part of my healing overall.
As always the TarotCraft system of reading the cards is focused on the inherent Invitation, Gift and Challenge of each card.
The Invitation of The World
The Invitation of The World is to let go of self centered things in favour of things that benefit everyone, including yourself.
The Gift of The World
The Gift of The World is support from unexpected sources or from the broader communities you are connected to in order to achieve your goals.
The Challenge of The World
The Challenge of The World is to bypass thing that benefit only you, and to see where you can help others with their dreams and goals.
Thank you for joining me on the TarotCraft podcast. This is Allison Jean and you can find my page on Facebook at TarotCraft, and you can also join the private group, TarotCraft Group.