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21. The World

Sometimes displayed as XXI The World, it is one of the 78 cards in a Tarot deck that make up the Major Arcana or Trump Cards. In most traditional decks it is the final Trump of the 22 Trump cards.



 0 The Fool

 1 The Magician

 2 The High Priestess

 3 The Empress

 4 The Emperor

 5 The Hierophant

 6 The Lovers

 7 The Chariot

 8 Strength

 9 The Hermit

10 The Wheel of Fortune

11 Justice

12 The Hanged Man

13 The Death Card

14 Temperance

15 The Devil

16 The Tower

17 The Star

18 The Moon

19 The Sun

20 Judgement

21 The World

Ace of Cups

Ace of Wands

Ace  of Pentacles

Ace of Swords


  The World Meaning of the Symbols.

The World tarot cardThe World in tarot card symbolizes completion and new beginnings. The four figures around the wreath refer to the four fixed zodiac signs of Aquarius, Scorpio, Leo and Taurus. The figure is naked to symbolize unashamed freedom. The red ribbons tying the two halves of the wreath together symbolize courage and passion and the wreath itself symbolizes the joining of the physical world with the spiritual world. The woman holds two wands symbolizing balance.
The World card tells us to get out there and put our newfound knowledge to use, but did we let the lessons sink in.














  The World Correspondences and Associations.



Defining Keywords
Attainment. Achievement. Completion. Freedom. Restart.

The Worlds Meaning.
The completion of your journey has been reached, you can start a  new adventure now. The culmination of events or triumphs in undertakings.

The World Reversed.
You forgot where your going so it's time to set new goals. Your endeavors are delayed, the World reversed says you shouldn't take the lazy way out or give up.

Concentration, Discipline, Accomplishment, Depth, Patience
The ability to create structures that serve our highest potential. Reminds us of limitations, so that boundaries and timelines can take shape. An area where maturity is hard-won, and only comes through sustained effort , discipline and a good use of resources.


8 Wunjo: (W or V: Joy.) Joy, comfort, pleasure. Fellowship, harmony, prosperity. Ecstasy, glory, spiritual reward, but also the possibility of going "over the top". If restrained, the meaning is general success and recognition of worth. Wunjo Reversed or Merkstave: Stultification, sorrow, strife, alienation. Delirium, intoxication, possession by higher forces, impractical enthusiasm. Raging frenzy, berzerker.

8. Wunjo: This Rune promises harmony, (personal, domestic and social.) Physical health is either promised, or needs to be attended to. This is a time for new friendships and social (non-sexual) relationships. This may be a time for you to reap the harvest of earlier efforts. Knowledge matures into understanding. Through new clarity existing ambitions, goals or plans may be seen as less desirable than they appeared with a more limited understanding.









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