The World

In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about The World Tarot Archetype.

The World Tarot Card Meaning

Part of the tarot archetypes, The World is the twenty-first trump, or Major Arcana, card in most Tarot decks.

Checkout this detailed breakdown of the meaning of the The World tarot card.

Upright Meanings

Signifying having the world at your feet, The World represents new worlds opening up and a warm welcome when travelling.

Success and good opportunities are boundless, with the rewards of the trials endured and lessons learned now being reaped.

The universe is smiling on the recipient and luck is on their side.

They should seize the day, take the chance to achieve a dream and be content with their accomplishments. Success may bring challenges but they should celebrate and savour the moment.

Karmic lessons have been given and learned, with the spiritual path now clear and spiritual fulfillment achieved. New spiritual planes will open up and you will want to share your knowledge and experience with others.

​Relationship aspirations, such as getting married, have been reached and the time is now to enjoy the results of the effort put into the relationship.

If single, The World opening of many options now that personal challenges have been overcome and internal peace has been found. Someone new may be met while travelling, or for whom travelling is important. You will likely be in-demand and popular!

​The World represents success in career goals and time to enjoy the hard-earned fruits of the labour exerted. It may also represent work related travel.

Financially, money will be coming but the rewards of your hard work do not mean that financial risks should be taken. An unexpected financial bonus may be received and financial security is imminent.

​The World successfully coming through adversity, meaning positive things for recovery from illness with your health on the way up.

Reversed Meanings

The World reversed indicates not having achieved one’s goals, perhaps having stagnated and having failed to put in the necessary hard work to achieve one’s dreams.

It may signify being stuck in a rut or exercising one’s energy in the wrong direction, with one area of life taking up too much energy and a feeling of being burdened by this. This card acts as a warning that it is time to accept the disappointment and move on to something new.

Spiritual connection may have stagnated and the will has been lost to try and rediscover the right spiritual path. A new approach is required and more work needs to be put into spiritual pursuits rather than trying to take shortcuts, as the effort is worth it in the long run.

​The World reversed indicates a stagnant relationship where more effort is required alongside open and honest communication for it to work going forward.

However, if hard work has been put in then it may no longer be the right relationship. If single, more effort may be needed to meet new people and you may be struggling to move on from a past relationship which ended unexpectedly and without closure.

Alternative ways to find peace should be sought and a conscious effort is needed to get past this.

​The World reversed indicates failure to reach career goals or one’s potential. Fear of failure or lack of effort may be the root cause but mistakes help us learn.

Be honest and confront the true causes to move forward Perhaps an unconventional career choice will provide a boost. Financially things have become stagnant but you can help yourself by not taking undue risks and by working hard to reach a comfortable position.

The World reversed can indicate the need to reconsider medical treatments if they are not effective, perhaps trying something new such as a holistic approach to complement conventional medicine.

Stay the course with medication rather than taking shortcuts or it will not work.

The World Keywords

  • Success
  • Achievement
  • Accomplishment
  • Travel
  • Completion
  • Fulfilment
  • Sense of belonging
  • Wholeness
  • Lack of success
  • Stagnation
  • Lack of achievement
  • Disappointment
  • Burden
  • Lack of completion

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