Tarot Study ~ Major Arcana/The World



21 The World

Keywords: finished; completion; self-satisfaction; the circle; sacred space

Archetypes: Oscar winners; gold medalists; New York Times Best Selling Authors; Einstein, the Pope; Nobel Peace Prize Winners





Astrological Sun Sign/Scorpio

Upright Interpretation: The World is rife with positive possibilities; it’s letting us know that anything we’ve been working on, or working for, will be finished up soon with positive results. It’s saying, “Good job! You’ve come full circle.” But it’s also letting us know that just because one thing has reached a conclusion, not all things are done. Life must move on, we’ve got a lot yet to do. The circle, almost a universal symbol for this card no matter what deck, represents Sacred Space; it is a safe place where you can concentrate with confidence on all the Important Stuff. The world is your oyster, go forth to create, to build, to invent, and to enjoy.

Reversed Interpretation: Life, along with it’s projects and any important activities, has stalled. What do you need to jump-start Life again? Look at the people around you, look at the circumstances surrounding you, look within yourself. You’ll recognize it; the question will be…Can you fix it? Of course, there are those things in life we have no control over; and then, there are those things in life we only think we have no control over. Learn to discern between the two.

Study Questions:

1. What is your first impression of this card?

2. What does this card mean to You?

3. Are there details on this card that especially stand out for you? If so, write them down and explain.

4. How does this card define relationships?

5. How does this card define financial circumstances?

6. How is this card relevant to health issues?

Affirmations for Meditation:

1. I grab life by the brass ring.

2. I will finish what I start.

3. I will seek completion that heals.

4. I celebrate the sacred.

5. I willingly step into the Sacred Circle.

A Tarot Reading for The World:
The World ~ 7/wands ®; Page/swords ®; King/swords

World, you tell us when to drop our defenses.  “For god’s sake,” you say, “it’s time to start trusting, to start allowing people and experiences into your heart and life.  It’s time to flick that chip of your god-damn shoulder and realize that no life is a life worth living without trust.”  New relationships, new love, life experiences will be by-passed totally, completely, unwittingly, because you do not trust your own heart, you do not trust the heart of others, you do not trust the universe to bring positive energy and experiences your way.

You have finished something; you have come full circle; they cannot hurt you now.  Dear World, you let us know when we’ve gone through a stage, a rite of passage, when we’ve successfully reached a pinnacle in life and can either plan for another, or set back and take a deep breath and a break from all the pressures that we’ve put upon ourselves.

You give us our voice, help us find our strength.  You urge us across one of many finishing lines we’ll find on our journey in life, urging us forward, whispering in our ears as we run with the wind towards the yellow ribbon, pushing out our chests, throwing our arms open wide, pumping our legs as fast as our muscles will allow.

Taste victory, The World tells us.

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2 thoughts on “Tarot Study ~ Major Arcana/The World

  1. I oddly never knew this card represented sacred space. I mean it’s obvious to me now, but I just did not consider that before. Thank you Amythyst Raine Hatayama! Bright Blessings M’Lady!

    • The cards are like people…for as long as you know them, they will keep revealing new things about themselves, an unusual aspect in their personality, their own private quirks and habits. It’s a never-ending learning process.

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