The World tarot card is the final card of the Major Arcana or tarot trump sequence and represents unity and wholeness. When this card appears in your Tarot reading it means that your highest achievements are being met. Here you find a detailed tarot card description of the World including keywords, upright and reversed card meanings.
World Key Words
- Upright: fulfillment, harmony, completion, integration, travel, unity
- Reversed: incompletion, short cuts, delays, emptiness
World Tarot Card Description
The World card shows a woman wrapped in a purple scarf that covers her pelvis and flaps behind her shoulders and below her feet. She is dancing inside a wreath holding batons in each hand, symbolizing balance and evolution in movement. 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, 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.
Upright World Tarot Card Meaning
To encounter the World card in a tarot reading is to encounter success and accomplishment. 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, achieving what you have envisioned.
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 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 world – self and other – 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.
Lastly, the World card can literally indicate world travel. Perhaps you’re planning to move to another country, to 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.
Reversed World Tarot Card Meaning
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 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 has 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.
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