“World at your feet” is not just an idiom when it comes to the World Tarot card. The final card in the Major Arcana sequence is a symbol of unity, completion, and the promise of life coming full circle.
Encapsulating the idea of a journey, it frequently foretells upcoming travel and total fulfillment. But, there’s so much more to explore!
This ultimate guide will help you explore different world tarot card meanings. Let’s dive in.
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THE WORLD TAROT CARDS KEYWORDS
Before diving deeper into general meaning of the upright- and reversed card meaning of the World, and its connection to love, work, and life, below is a quick overview of the most important words connected to the last card of the Major Arcana list.
|Upright||Fulfillment, Starting your own business, harmony, completion, integration, travel, unity|
|Reversed||Incompletion, shortcuts, delays, emptiness|
|Yes or No||Yes|
THE WORLD TAROT CARD DESCRIPTION
This card is the 22nd Trump or major arcana card in the tarot deck. It is also the final card of the tarot Trump sequence. The central figure in the World card is a naked woman, draped in a purple scarf that sensuously wraps around her, echoing her dynamism. She dances within a wreath, clutching batons in her hands, symbols of balance and evolution
The accomplishment and unity that she represents is not one that is static, but ever-changing, dynamic, and eternal. It marks either an end or a beginning, and a change from one place to another — a journey. The flow goes on and it never stops.
The infinity of this cycle is also emphasized by the green wreath and the red ribbon on top. In addition, the wreath is a symbol of success and accomplishment.
The four figures in the clouds are the same as those in the Wheel of Fortune. They serve as the four fixed signs of the Zodiac – Scorpio, Leo, Aquarius, and Taurus – and they represent the four corners of the universe, the four elements, the four seasons, and the four evangelicals.
Together, they symbolize the harmony between all of their energies and they will bring balance to your journey from one phase to another.
The absence of any solid ground on a tarot card named “the World” might seem ironic, but the illustration actually represents the feeling that you get when you have conquered your world.
The World Tarot Meaning
To encounter the upright World card in a tarot reading is to encounter success and accomplishment. The World card invites you to reflect on your journey, and tune into your spiritual lessons as well.
It means that a long-term project, period of study, or any other major event in your life has come full circle and that you accomplished your goals and aspirations.
Despite the difficulties and hardships you’ve encountered, you stood strong and persevered. The seeds you have planted are now blooming and you are reaping the fruit of your labor. Everything has come together, and you are in the right place, doing the right thing, and achieving what you have envisioned.
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If you don’t recognize this point of completion yet, the World card indicates that it won’t take long until you’ll reach that point. It encourages you to keep on going and to enjoy the journey.
Be proud of what you’ve learned along the way, the progression you’ve made, and your achievements so far. Reflecting on what you’ve already accomplished, may just be what you need to bring your project to successful completion.
To encounter the World card in a tarot reading is to encounter success and accomplishment.
The upright World tarot card also represents the moment your inner and outer worlds – self and others – come together. There is unity and wholeness in your life, which makes you feel enlightened.
Your individual self is connected with all other things in life and together you dance along with the flow of life – the ups and downs, the delights and the difficulties.
MONEY AND CAREER MEANING
The World card in a career context can literally indicate world travel or traveling for work. Perhaps you’re planning to move to another country, study abroad for a while, or to leave your job to go on a sabbatical.
This card tells you to see this as an awesome opportunity! You can learn from other people and cultures all over the world and increase your universal understanding.
Financial improvement is also predicted by the World, but that doesn’t mean it will come without effort. The World represents a personal effort in all areas for success.
Love and Relationships Meaning
When it comes to your love life and relationships, the World tarot card heralds a blossoming period of fulfillment and desire. In a love tarot reading, drawing this card is akin to hearing a cosmic sigh of joy, as it signals that you’re nearing the culmination of an important emotional journey. This is where your dreams interlace with reality, and the magic truly begins.
For those who are single and cherishing their independent status, the World card respects your choice. It recognizes that completeness doesn’t always demand an external counterpart. Instead, it celebrates the wholeness you’ve cultivated within yourself, the self-love that shines brighter each day.
However, if your heart yearns for a romantic bond, the World card whispers an auspicious prophecy. It hints at a future relationship that could very well blossom from afar. Think of it as a love story written among the stars, where distances only intensify the affection and anticipation.
Delving into a past relationship, this tarot card also prompts a reflective examination. Every love affair we’ve had, each heartbreak we’ve endured, forms an integral part of our journey. These experiences, much like the cyclical nature of the World card, guide us towards growth and understanding, eventually leading to the state of fulfillment symbolized by this card.
For those already entwined in the dance of a committed relationship, the World card brings promising news. This could be the phase where your partnership reaches a new level of balance and harmony. It’s the moment when you’ve finally accomplished the hard task of aligning your dreams, desires, and life paths, making your bond stronger and more beautiful.
If intimacy has been a sticking point, the World card gently reassures you that change is on the horizon. Picture it as a soothing balm healing the cracks, fostering a deeper connection and mutual understanding.
In essence, the World tarot card in a love reading embodies the journey of love in its entirety. It encompasses past relationships, the process of finding balance within yourself and with a partner, and the cyclical nature of life and love. It sings of what you’ve finally accomplished and the joys that are yet to come. It’s the sweet ending of one chapter and the exciting beginning of another, reminding us that in the grand dance of love, every step and every twirl matter.
Health and Spirituality Meaning
The World is mostly viewed as an action card, but it can also represent personal growth. Look to your dreams for insight into what your Higher Self wants you to know.
Keeping a notebook handy to write down these thoughts is a good strategy as is purchasing a dream interpretation book.
When it comes to health, the World suggests that any present medical issues will soon improve. Look into alternative medicine options if you feel the desire to do so.
The World Reversed
A reversed World card in a reading indicates a general feeling of emptiness. You may have completed certain projects and achieved your goals, but you still do not feel whole.
What is missing? What makes you yearn for more? The things that you did, do they truly reflect who you are? Ask the tarot these questions, they may lead to what you are looking for.
Another meaning of the World reversed is that you are looking for closure on a personal issue. Are you still emotionally attached to a previous relationship? Do you want to run a marathon while you have knee injuries? Are there any other unresolved issues?
Although you have the desire to go back to the past and achieve your goals, you know deep within your heart, that you have to move on and enjoy where you are right now. You need to let go of the past. This can be extremely difficult, but in the end, you will feel better.
The World reversed can be an indication that you are looking for closure on a personal issue.
The reversed World card can also represent the incompletion of a certain task, goal, or project. While you were on your way to completing it, something stopped you. What is it that is blocking you? You are already so close!
Get yourself together, regain your focus, and try to fulfill the last steps. Just think of how good it feels to achieve what you aimed for.
The World: Yes or No
Beyonce said that girls run the world, but it goes a lot deeper than that. We are all in charge of our own experiences and can contribute much to society.
If you’ve pulled the World card in a yes or no reading, prepare to become deeply involved in something worthwhile. The answer you seek is YES, so long as it contributes to the good of all.
Important Card Combinations
Travel and exploration, that’s what the World tarot card is all about. Also in combination with other cards, this theme is present.
What’s important is to look at the other cards in your spread, to learn more about the specifics of this journey: it may be a romantic getaway, a spiritual journey, or even the end of a long journey.
Below we wrote down the most important World tarot card combinations.
The World and the Hermit
When the World and Hermit are in tandem, isolation, and loneliness are present feelings. These two are opposite cards in a sense, the World representing travel and exploration and the Hermit being alone in silence.
With this combination, the World is overshadowed by the Hermit, leaving the person they represent feeling a bit stuck.
Thankfully, these two have a positive message to deliver: find a way to take what you’ve learned through your spiritual journey and share it with others. Doing so will give you purpose.
The World and the Fool
Both the World and the Fool are ‘traveling’ cards so it makes sense that together they represent globetrotting.
If you’ve been itching to go on vacation or make a cross-country (or ocean) move, it seems to be in the cards for you. Just make sure you do some budgeting and planning before you set sail.
The World and the Lovers
The Lovers and the World represent a whirlwind romance that is sure to sweep you off of your feet. This pair sometimes present in a reading when a long-distance relationship is about to sprout.
If you’re already committed, prepare for your relationship to renew. A romantic getaway might be what is needed to bring back that spark that was there at the beginning.
The World and the Sun
One of the best combinations in the deck, the World and the Sun represent success and a ‘light at the end of the tunnel after a long journey or struggle.’
If you’re needing a boost of optimism, these cards showing in your reading is just that. Whatever project you are working on or plan you have for your future will work out for your highest good.
The World Tarot Art
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Below you can find a small selection of beautiful World tarot cards. If you drew a tarot card yourself and want to share this, I would love to hear from you!
THE WORLD TAROT CARD IN A READING
That’s all for the World tarot card meaning. If this card showed up in your reading, remember that your highest goals are soon to be achieved and it’s time for you to flourish.
The seeds you have planted will soon start blooming. Everything will come together, and you are in the right place, doing the right thing, and achieving what you have envisioned.
I hope this meaning made sense to you and I’m super excited to hear about your experiences with the World tarot card meaning in the comments below! It would mean the world to me.
Ginny Thonson says
Hi I am currently working on a deck of tarot and would love your feedback along the way. Maybe I could send you some images?
Hope you are well,
Hi Ginny, thanks for your comment. I would love to see your artwork so you can always send some tarot cards over for an honest opinion:). Have a beautiful day????
Hello, thanks for all this lesson, im newed. And really need to learn it carefully and. . But. I have been among 10 years ago😊, my friend ask me to read about Her, becouse i was tell Her, that i just learn to read and try reading card for my self for one year. And i make journal for that. 😲 Suprised. ITS happend.. and after that. My friend always asking me to read.. But after some reading, i stoped, becouse, i just afraid.. thats not me, who really know about card reading..
And again and again She, push me to read, even i said, i don’t have any Clean Card, and she aks my kid to buy a new card for me. And give 2 box sigarete for card reading fee😃. The last time i read for her, is 2013, She ask me. When She Will have a new car.. i said. Among end of year 2013 or New Year 2014.. and. For few month later, i go to our of city for work. And She calls me, to say tahta She want show me a new car. (With proud and happy voice) but until now i never meet her again also the car She buy. 😂 . I realy wonder about that. How can i said everthing, i even don’t know aexacly about card ?
Kathe Jordan says
I’m pulling several on your introductory – cheat Sheet – email. Your interpretation of The World card was a very valuable to me today. This morning it was my Energy of the Day card. A really good one to pull.
Since my learning has been accelerated by the Symbolism in the Rider-Waite deck, I was curious if you had ever compiled a Cheat Sheet of Symbolism. I’m trying to put together an Alphabetized List but as you can guess it is very slow going!
Hi Kathe, Thanks! I haven’t compiled a symbolism cheat sheet, but it’s a good idea, so I’ll keep it in mind for sure! Thanks for this suggestions and please feel free to reach out to me anytime with question or recommendations! Love & Light✨