The World Tarot Card Meanings and Combinations
XXI The World Correspondences:
Keywords & Phrases:
Attainment, success with fulfilment, triumph, acclaim.
World Tarot Card Meanings
Throughout the deck, explanations of Tarot imagery and symbolism often relate to the recurring theme of duality in some way, the nature of opposing forces and energy as we try to reconcile both sides and find balance, finally, in The World, we achieve integration, a sense of wholeness and perfect synthesis; the triumphant moment. In The World we find unity, the perfected state of oneness with the universe.
Whilst we all like to see positive cards, such as the Nine of Cups or The Sun as our outcome card, The World is like ‘The Big One,’ hitting the jackpot, or the happy ending, because it doesn’t get much better than successfully realising your goal to the point of feeling a sense of perfection and fulfilment. The balance and harmony pulls all the successive threads from the deck together idealised into one card. Heady stuff!
The World brings successful completion with a sense of fulfilment. My personal view, perhaps influenced by the planetary association of Saturn (the astrological taskmaster), also tends to favour the accomplishment of something that has probably been worked toward over time, rather than an instant success variety. All the same, it heralds success, which in context with the cards symbolic references almost sounds mundane by comparison. The World is like all the pieces of your plan successfully coming together to bring well-deserved accomplishment.
If reversed or ill-dignified, perfection becomes imperfect, instead of integration and wholeness we find the end result incomplete or scattered energy, possibly stagnating or becoming stuck. Success may be difficult to achieve.
Similar or supporting cards: The World is like the combination of all the positive cards, such as: The Sun (success and happiness) Nine of Cups (wish fulfilled) The Chariot (triumph over obstacles) Ace of Swords (triumph over adversity) etc, so similar cards reinforce these aspects.
Opposing or contradictory cards: The Tower, Death, Ten of Swords (generally endings) Hanging Man and Two of Swords (stuck, non-movement) Five of Cups (sadness and disappointment)
The World Tarot Card Combinations:
The ideal placement for The World is the outcome card, or the final card in a simple line.
The Star > Wheel of Fortune > The Sun > The World: In any combination but as a straight group, can indicate a high level of success and recognition (usually an event outside normal circumstances or usual experience). The Sun and World side by side is also pretty big news of the successful variety!
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