Your Chosen Card – The World Upright Rider Waite Deck
When upright, the World card highlights an important goal or destination in your life. You may be approaching the completion of a significant ambition or perhaps you are about to embark on a journey to achieve a cherished desire. In any case, you are dealing with a major stage in your development, and you will need all the resources at your disposal to bring matters to a successful conclusion. Just as Saturn, the last planet visible to the naked eye, marks the outermost visible boundary of the solar system, the World trump marks the end of the Fools journey toward enlightenment. Arriving at this card is a sign of completion, enlightenment, and success. You are returning to the Garden of Eden.
Keywords Upright: Culmination, wholeness, completion, the end of the road, ‘X marks the spot,’ a successful outcome, fulfillment, reward, promotion, opportunity, a clearly defined goal, a trip, ones destiny, going for the gold, reaching ones destination, knowing your limits, paradise regained, a journey to a desired location, return to the Source.
Key XXI: The World (the Universe)
Myths/Archetypes: The Second Coming. The New Jerusalem. The Garden of Eden. Paradise Regained. The Sign of the Cross.
Astrology: Saturn, the outermost visible planet. (Saturn rules Capricorn and Aquarius.) The four figures surrounding the central wreath in this card represent the four fixed signs of the zodiac: Taurus the bull, Leo the lion, Scorpio the scorpion and eagle, Aquarius the water bearer.
Numerology: 3 (Empress) = 1 + 2 (Hanged Man) = 2 + 1 (the World)
Rider Waite: Assured success, recompense, voyage, route, emigration, flight, change of place; (R) inertia, fixity, stagnation, permanence.
When The World is upright you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise. If The World is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is The World is trying to tell you. If you had a particular issue in mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.
This chosen card is part of your upright card reading for The World using cards from the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.
Here are some snippets from a few of my favorite books
Complete Book of Tarot: Tarot expert Paul Huson wrote a book called The Devils Picture book, so named because during unenlightened times the divinatory power of the cards was attributed to Satan. The Devil card sometimes frightens readers from a strongly religious upbringing. Most tarot readers view this card as a warning to avoid becoming a slave to materialistic desires, such as the lust for fame, power, sex, pleasure, wealth, or self-aggrandizement. On the positive side, this card can represent the determination to accomplish a valued goal in the material world. With the Devil card, the tarot is suggesting that it can help us to explore our most primitive desires and confront the shadow side of our personalities. Carl Jung would be very pleased with this advice.
Creative Tarot: The Golden Dawn actually didnt last very long. Infighting and power plays, mostly by the male members, splintered the group. Its most famous member was perhaps the Irish poet William Butler Yeats, who remained interested in and engaged with magical systems until his death. The writer and magician Aleister Crowley is often associated with the group, but he was quickly ejected from its ranks for being a terrible person. (This is a fact, he was a terrible person. Look it up.) But two of its lesser-known members would spread the influence of the tarot far and wide: writer Arthur Edward Waite and artist Pamela Colman Smith.
Complete Book of Tarot: Myth 5: The Catholic Church banned tarot as a form of heresy and as dangerous black magic.
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Complete Book of Tarot: Fact 6: The Oxford Dictionary defines psychic as ‘relating to or denoting faculties or phenomena that are apparently inexplicable by natural laws, especially involving telepathy or clairvoyance.’ 7 In my view, the tarot is a tool that allows us to tap into our intuition, the results of which often appear ‘inexplicable by natural laws’ because we tend to ignore intuitive hunches as we grow into adulthood. The tarot helps restore the balance between rational analysis and listening to our gut. With continued practice, you may be surprised at how often unexpected yet verifiable impressions seem to leap from the cards.