The World Tarot Card Meanings and Combinations
XXI The World Correspondences:
Keywords & Phrases:
Attainment, success with fulfilment, triumph, acclaim.
The World Tarot Card Meanings
Throughout the deck, explanations of Tarot imagery and symbolism often relate to the recurring nature of opposing forces of energy as we try to reconcile both sides and find balance. Finally, we achieve integration, a sense of wholeness and perfect synthesis; the triumphant moment. In The World card 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!
My personal view, perhaps influenced by the planetary association of Saturn (the astrological taskmaster), also tends to favour the accomplishment of something you have steadily and consistently been striving for, rather than instantaneous. 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 becoming stuck. Success may be difficult to achieve.
The World Tarot Card Combinations
Ace of Pentacles > Nine of Wands > The World: Starting from the ground up, you're building good foundations for the future and although it will require great persistence and determination your efforts will be handsomely rewarded.
The World > Three of Cups: Achievement celebrations, possibly thrown on your behalf, celebrating your success with others.
Ten of Cups > The World: Exceptional happiness with your significant other and for your home life, fulfilment and a sense of perfection - it doesn't get much better than this!
Three of Pentacles > The World > Four of Swords: Indicates a stellar achievement in your work, taking time to rest up, regroup, and consolidate your position before proceeding further.
The World > The Moon: Following the successful culmination and attainment of your plans may leave you uncertain as to how to proceed from that point, don't make any hasty decisions at the moment.
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