Introduction to the World Tarot Card Meanings:
There’s a joke that goes something like: “when you play a country and western record backwards, what happens? Your dog comes back, your lover comes back, your money comes back and you live happily ever after.” This is the theme of the World Tarot card.
The World is the last card in the Major Arcana. As such, it embodies the completion of a long, sometimes difficult journey. The World represents all elements coming together in order for us to receive the satisfaction and success for which we’ve been striving.
It goes beyond getting the car we want or getting that promotion at work. The World is an indication of such heady success that we could win the lottery and give it away because we’ve achieved a level of joy much higher and greater than the lottery. We’ve achieved enrichment and soul-fulfillment. Absolute contentment.
The figures in the four corners of the card represent the four fixed signs of the zodiac, Leo, Taurus, Scorpio and Aquarius. This is symbolic of all the stars coming into alignment on our behalf and all things coinciding for our ultimate reward.
When we look closely at this rendition of the card, we can see the symbol of the yin yang (note the formation of the purple ribbon around the female figure). This is an ancient symbol for balance and unity. It indicates that we can work our opposites and differences to their advantage and all things can come to work together as one.
Further observation of the card shows us a lemniscate, or an infinity symbol (the red ribbon at the crown of the female figure). This assures us that we are infinately rewarded for the positive efforts we take to improve ourselves and those around us. The two batons in the female’s hand are another symbol of balance. They’ve also been noted as sacred scrolls of knowledge. Within the laurel wreath are stars of light indicating attainment of enlightement or cosmic consciousness.
In a reading this card is highly auspicious. It means that the project you’ve been working on will receieve the highest acclaim. The counseling you’ve been undergoing with your lover will lead to a happy conclusion. The rehabilitation you’ve been going through will have a profound and healthy outcome. The World is a promise of success, and a reminder that the highest value in life is the condition of your own soul.
Key Symbols Relative to World Tarot Card Meanings:
This section focuses in on a few select symbols that can help us further define the World Tarot card meanings.
Legs: The leg formation here: one leg straight and the other crossed at a right angle is symbolic of a cross-roads that we all reach, and our ability to choose what we desire for ourselves. This leg positioning is also seen in the Hanged Man card. Where the Hanged Man uses for suspension to uncross (or yeilding to the dilemma), the World card is its opposite. The crossing indicates that we have used our diversity (even our peculiarities and quirks) to our advantage. We are at the cross roads and we are complete. There is no need to suspend ourselves, we may now take action knowing we have already achieved our ultimate desires.
Lemniscate: Also known as the infinity symbol, the Lemniscate symbolizes the endless, infinite nature of energy. It symbolizes the knowledge that energy cannot be created or destroyed. This symbol in this card refers to the infinite nature of humanity. We are forever immortal, and our spirit only progresses into ever increasingly higher levels of transformation. It is also an emblem refering to the infinite nature of our thoughts and what we think leaves an impression on the Universe. We are all connected, we are all infinite.
Wreath: This is a laurel wreath, and has been a symbol of victory since the first ancient games upon mount Olympus where the victor was crowned in laurels. A sweet smelling laurel is also a symbol of protection, peace and purification and is associated with the god Apollo. It is a message that the favor of the Gods is upon us, and that we shall be the victor in this stage of our lives.
Key Questions Relative to the World Tarot Card Meanings:
When contemplating the World Tarot card meanings, ask yourself the following questions:
- What is my ultimate desire?
- Do I believe that now is my time for glory?
- Am I ready to accept my highest achievement?
- How will I receive the accolades for my hard work?
- Can I envision the upcoming reward for my toiling?
- Do I have faith that all things are coming together for my highest and best good?