Major Arcana: 21 The World

And with the World card, we come to the end of the journey through the Tarot’s Major Arcana.  If you’ve not thought of the Trumps this way before, think about this: each card represents a major and important element of human experience.

The first twenty-one cards of the Tarot take us though periods of learning and growth, times of teaching and achieving, and reveal our darkest, and brightest, natures.

And we end with the World, masters of what?  Ourselves, you might say, or our concept of our experiences.  The World card is about knowing yourself: what you’ve accomplished and what you’ve lost.

Some of us are masters of our experiences, and some of us step ahead blindly.  In the World card, we’re being told to honestly see who we are, good and bad.

The World is also a card of mastery.  It encompasses the imagery of mastering the human experience, which some would say is the whole point of life, after all. It’s also a card about tying up loose ends and following through with our intentions.

When you draw this card in a reading, think about how much distance is between who you are and who you want to be.  What can you do to get there?  What projects have you left hanging, always meaning to complete but never finishing?  The less unfinished business we hang onto in our lives, the more free we are to move on and create the new adventures that keep life interesting.

Image from The Vampire Tarot

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