The World (XXI) Tarot Card

The World (XXI) Tarot Card
Tarot Card Meanings: Tarot Reading And Understanding The World Tarot Card

The World represents the end of the seeker’s journey. It is important to note that this does not refer to literal death. Rather, it indicates that a psychological and spiritual goal has been reached. The self has, at last, reached unity as the unconscious and conscious have joined. The Seeker no longer has any delusions that he is a separate being. He has merged with Divine Spirit.

The corresponding number to the World is twenty-one. When these two digits are added together, the sum is three. Three represents synthesis and creation.  Like the Wheel of Fortune, the World is a mandala, a circular geometric design signifying completeness. The World represents the mystic control center and soul of the universe.

In a Tarot reading, The World indicates wholeness, both spiritually and individually. The four mythical creatures found on the card are symbols of protection. They also represent the four functions of the consciousness. The two wands symbolize the positive and negative energies of the Universe, and the floating dancer represents the self. Through the doorway of the world, the self has found a new freedom. The wreath contains the psychic embryo and represents the circle of life. This is where everything begins and ends; past and future, life and death. Although the soul’s journey has reached an end, a new one will begin. Thus, the Fool shall, once again, embark upon a new journey. 

Traditionally, The World’s Tarot card meanings refer to completion and rebirth. Things have finally come together. The World represents absolute balance. All things have found their proper place. This is the end of the seeker’s journey. He is whole and complete and now ready for the next life cycle. In a Tarot reading, the World indicates that a union between the self and the Universe has prompted a new beginning. Destiny is now in play, and a new journey has just begun.   

Upright The World Tarot Card Meanings In A Tarot Reading

In its upright position, the World indicates that you are coming to an end of a life cycle. This could also represent the completion of a project, relationship or situation. Everything is as it should be and the achievement of goals will be met with success. Your hard work will reap rewards. You have struck a balance within yourself and feel whole and complete. In a Tarot reading, the World indicates a period when new opportunities are on the horizon. Destiny is working in your favor, and a new door will open.

The World also represents the need to prepare for new experiences. As you complete this last stage, plan to begin something new. This is the time to ask yourself what you really would like to do. You have reached a level of maturity that will enable you to take appropriate risks. You have the wisdom and experience to begin projects that you once thought impossible. You may find an invitation for travel.

  • The end of a life cycle or phase
  • Coming full circle
  • Success and growth
  • Enlightenment
  • New beginnings
  • Travel

Reversed The World Tarot Card Meanings In A Tarot Reading

When the World comes up in a reversed position, if often indicates delayed success. You may feel stagnant and insecure. This is the time to review the stages of your journey. Did you leave any loose ends that need to be addressed? This is also the time to take a personal inventory. Fear is one of the greatest inhibitors of personal growth. The reversed World Tarot card sometimes suggests that fear has blocked you form achieving your goals. You may not be aligned with the intentions of Divine Spirit. You may be apt to quit a situation rather than see it through. A lack of commitment is preventing you from achieving your goals.

In a Tarot reading, the World reversed conveys a lack of completion and wholeness within oneself. On some level, there is a resistance to change. New experiences appear daunting and formidable. A new door has yet to open. You still have transforming work to do.

  • A resistance to change
  • Feelings of frustration
  • Obstacles or blocks
  • Not completing an important task
  • Stagnation
  • Unfinished business

For more on the The World Tarot card and its meaning in relationships, see the Love Tarot section.

© 2010 All Rights Reserved. Images of individual tarot cards are from the Aquatic Tarot Deck created by Andreas Schröter and are used for example purposes only with his permission.


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