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The World Tarot Card Meaning

The World Keywords

UPRIGHT: completion  |  integration  |  accomplishment

REVERSED: seeking closure  |  delays  |  shortcuts

The World Description

The World Tarot card features a naked woman enrobed in purple, dancing within a large laurel wreath, symbolizing completion and continuous cycles. She gazes backward, reflecting on the past, yet moves towards the future, embodying the flow of time and life's progress. Holding two wands, she represents the culmination of efforts that began with The Magician, signifying the completion of a journey and the readiness for a new phase.

The circular wreath emphasizes the ongoing cycle of endings and new beginnings, illustrating the perpetual motion of life's journey. Surrounding the wreath are four symbolic figures (a lion, bull, cherub, and eagle), echoing those on the Wheel of Fortune card and representing the fixed signs of the Zodiac, as well as the elements, Tarot suits, compass points, seasons, and universal corners. These entities signify guidance and balance through life's transitions, highlighting the card's theme of eternal change, fulfillment, and the interconnection of all things.

NOTE: The tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider-Waite deck and Decoding The Cards

Wishing For A Deeper Tarot Connection?

Decoding The Cards goes further than keywords and traditional interprations by providing exercises for each card in the tarot.

The exercises this book are designed to challenge you to delve deeper into the meanings of each card, as well as consider your own personal experiences in relation to the traditional meanings.

The World Upright

The World card is a sign of accomplishment and joy; you have reached the end of a long cycle, and now it is time to take a moment to celebrate all that you have achieved. Whether referring to a lengthy project, a career move, or a relationship, this card symbolizes success in reaching the end of this challenging journey. 

The World hints that you are ready to move on to something new. But before you do, take the time to honor and respect all the hard work you have put in to get where you are today. Even if your goal is not completely finished yet, be proud of how far you have come — it’s time for a well-deserved break! 

This card can also represent a time of “beginning anew” — the start of a new cycle. Once you savor the moment, get ready to go full steam ahead into your next endeavor.

The World Reversed

The reversed World symbolizes being stuck and unable to move forward. It suggests that you have lost sight of your goal or are in a situation where outside forces are delaying progress. There is a feeling of incompleteness hovering over your head, and you need to come to terms with this if you want to move forward.

The reversed World card can also signify that you are feeling unfulfilled and lacking in direction. You may need to step back and reevaluate what you truly desire in life or take the necessary steps to get yourself back on track. Whatever it is, the World reversed urges you not to give up and to keep striving to complete your goals. 

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