The Meaning of the World
The Tarot World card meaning in a nutshell:
Major Arcana Tarot Card in Readings
Success in anything worldly,
but not for free.
Opportunity - success at hand.
The World is a place of infinite opportunity, there for the grabbing. You can conquer it and you can lose it. The Tarot World card opens this vast resource, but who has the embrace wide enough to encompass it?
Everything has a price. Jesus warned about gaining the whole world and losing one's soul in the process. The Tarot World card repeats the warning by having the four beasts of the Apocalypse in the corners: a lion, a calf, a man, and an eagle. They are also the symbols of the four Evangelists Mark, Luke, Matthew, and John.
So, if you strive for the world as your oyster, heed the warnings. You can get anything at a cost, but if you crave everything - that costs a lot. Success takes its toll.
Many people still don't hesitate, but go for it, happily forgetting about the price until they're handed the bill. Then they realize that they should have hesitated and eaten moderately from the buffet. Although you may at times be offered the world, curb your enthusiasm and ask yourself how much of it you really need.
If just handled calmly and with some restraint, the opportunity that the World Tarot card promises is splendid. Success in whatever worldly matter is at hand. When the World card relates to an event, it opens up plenty of possibilities beyond your initial expectation. But be careful with your choices. If the World card relates to a person, it's someone who can offer success on a silver platter - but watch out for the price tag. There is one, although it might not be evident at first. If the deal is too good to be true it's probably not.
So, the World Tarot card, although overwhelmingly generous, propagates moderation, as does the very archetype of that virtue, the card of Temperance. When you can get everything in abundance, beware.
Christ surrounded by the representations of the four evangelists: Matthew (a man), John (an eagle), Mark (a lion), and Luke (a calf). Coffin cover from the 13th century.
A. E. Waite about the Tarot World Card
Click the header to read what A. E. Waite had to say about the Major Arcana World Tarot card symbolism and meaning in divination.
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