The World Tarot Card Meaning Keywords

UPRIGHT: Completion, fulfillment, celebration, harmony

REVERSED: Lack of completion, disharmony

  • Name of the Card: The World
  • Number: 21
  • Other Names: Le Monde, The Universe
  • Element: Earth
  • Kabbalistic Letter: Tau
  • Meaning of the Kabbalistic Letter: Cross
  • Planet: Saturn
  • Yes/No key interpretations: Yes
  • Animals: Crocodile
  • Stone: Onyx

The world is card number 21 in major arcana. 21 is the number of fulfillment and happiness. 2+1 equals 3, three is the number of creativity, optimism, wisdom, and harmony.

The World Tarot Card Meaning

The Imagery and Symbolism of the World Tarot Card

A beautiful maiden is dancing while holding two white wands in her hands. The dance symbolizes happiness, contentment, victory, and abundance. The white wands symbolize spiritual wisdom. These wands also depict the connection between the heavens and earth. She is wearing a long flowing scarf in purple color. This scarf represents courage, survival, and honor. The maiden is enclosed in an oval Laurel wreath. Laurel wreath is a symbol of victory and success. The oval shape represents birth and rebirth. It is also a symbol of fertility. There are four figures in the corner of the card. These are the same 4 figures that we have seen in The Wheel of Fortune card earlier. The angel represents guidance, protection, the element of air and the sign of Aquarius. The Eagle represents vision, power, and element of water and the sign of Scorpio. The Lion represents bravery, vigilance, the element of fire and the sign of Leo. The Bull represents physical power, the element of earth and the sign of Taurus.  The blue sky in the background represents wisdom and confidence.

Astrology and the World Tarot Card

The world card corresponds to the planet of Saturn in astrology. Saturn is the planet of focus, determination, introspection, limitations, structure, and ambition. Saturn represents both the rewards and disadvantages of hard work. In Roman mythology, Saturn is the god of agriculture, civilizations, social order and conformity. Most people experience 3 Saturn cycles in their lifetime. Saturn rules Capricorn, the sign of hardworking people. It rules the tenth house which is about career, social standing, power, prestige, achievement, respect, and position. Saturn is known as the planet of Karma. It brings structure and meaning to the world.

The World and Kabbalah

In Kabbalah, the path of the world card is Tau. Tau means the symbol of the cross. This path connects the Yesod (foundation) to Malkuth (Kingdom). Tau is the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet and the whole world exists between Aleph and Tau. This is the path where the universal plans become apparent without necessarily being understood. This is the point where we start our inner exploration and where we come across our own personal consciousness.

The World as a Person

This card represents people who have a universal understanding. It denotes people who have a deep connection with their spiritual side. People who have spent life with logic, wisdom, power, authority, and vision and have achieved a certain success. These people are happy and experienced. They have command on their passion, thoughts, emotions and physical life. They are achievers who are rejoicing the success and are ready for a new start.

The World Card in General Reading

If this card appears in a general reading, it is a positive omen. This card signifies the successful completion of a cycle of life and the start of a new one. This card shows that you have received an appropriate reward for your effort and you are having a feeling of wholeness and perfection. Your life is in harmony with the universe.

The World Tarot Card in a Daily reading

If you get this card in a daily reading, it means that this is a day to celebrate and rejoice some recent accomplishments. You are in connection with all elements of your personality and in harmony with the universe. This is a good day to shine and enjoy the bounties of life.

The World Tarot Card in a Love Reading

This is a card that shows fulfillment and rejoicing, so getting this card in a Love reading is a positive sign. This card shows that you and your partner have accomplished a relationship goal and now moving to a new start. This is a positive card for marriage and starting a family. This is also a positive card for single people as it shows the beginning of a new chapter in their lives.

The World Tarot Card in a Career Reading

The World card in a career reading shows that you are getting the reward for your hard work. You have it all that it takes to fulfill the demands of your job and you are doing your work with happiness. This is a positive card if you are looking for a promotion.

The World Tarot Card in a Health Reading

This is a positive card to get in a health reading. This shows that you have worked hard to fix your health issues and now it is time to enjoy health, happiness, and recovery. This shows that all organs in your body and all hormones are working in perfect harmony.

The World Reversed Tarot Card Meaning

 When the world card is in a reversed position, the maiden will lose her balance and her wands will fall down. Her scarf of courage will no longer wrap her body. The angel, eagle, lion, and the bull will not have a strong influence when they are upside down. This is not a positive card when it is reversed. It shows a lack of vision, lack of courage, irresponsibility, and lack of power.

In a love reading, this card in a reversed position shows that you are not using your abilities to strengthen the relationship. You have a lack of focus and you have lost the inner equilibrium. You are having boundaries and restrictions which are not making you happy. You need to get that balance back to make the relationship work.

In a career reading, this card might mean that you are facing restrictions and challenges that are stopping you from growth but besides that, you are not using your intellect, wisdom and other gifts to get the rewards. You need to overcome this blockade to come to the top.

In a health reading, this is not a positive card as well. This shows that your health is not in complete harmony and you need to take care of it to enjoy life again.   

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