Accomplishment: The World
When I started this Major Arcana series, I thought it would be a fun idea to move through the Fool's Journey one card at a time, one week at a time. Now that I've reached the final card, I can honestly say that while it was fun for a while, it was not a walk in the park! I felt like it was taking forever and it made me incredibly restless at times, with certain cards I felt like I had absolutely nothing to say, and many times, writing the series felt like a huge chore. But I barreled through it and hey, I'M DONE. I am totally feeling The World vibes right now.
Whenever I draw The World card for a client, I tell them that the Universe is handing them a virtual diploma. They've completed a course, a chapter, a relevant cycle in their lives. And before moving forward, it's time to congratulate themselves and give themselves a pat on the back for all the ups, downs and roundabout ways they learned (or were forced to learn) to deal.
You see that champion's cup in the Spirit Speak Tarot and that's the congratulatory message you get for getting from Point A to Point B, however long or short it took to get you there.
Pretty Standard Stuff about the World: (as seen in the Tarot Mucha and the Centennial Smith Waite Tarot)
- There's a dancing lady in the center of the card, doing a happy happy joy joy jig to celebrate all she's done and where it's taken her.
- If you look at the position of the woman in the World card, you'll see that she's 180-degrees away from the Hanged Man (same leg position, even). Things have finally spun around to take you back to an upright position.
- The figures that surround the wreath of the World card represent four elements, suits and the four fixed signs of the zodiac. I like to think it means you've gone full circle.
But what about cards off the beaten path? (check out the Light Grey Tarot and the Black Lilly Tarot depictions)
- I love the empowered stance of the woman in the Light Grey Tarot's World card. You also see the snake biting its tail around her waist—something that symbolizes coming full circle as well.
- The full circle theme continues in the Black Lilly Tarot's World card as you see the woman who's gone through the Fool's Journey back in the comfort of the fetal position. It's a reminder that you're back to square one after the celebration of all you've been through.
High five, everyone—we did it! We've gone through the Fool's Journey together and can now raise our glasses to celebrate the completion of our journey with the World. Woohoo!