What Does The World Tarot Card Mean?

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The World Tarot Card Meanings: Upright, Reversed & In Love

If the world is what we make of it, then the World Tarot card is there to let us know that it's up to us to create our own personal worlds as we wish them to be.

Any reading that has this card in it is a blessing. It's a sign that we have the world at our feet, and that opportunity abounds if we are aware.

If you're a person who believes in and uses the Law of Attraction, this would be the card that symbolizes that kind of thinking: I think, therefore, I am. Intend and manifest.

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Meaning of the World Tarot Card

Upright: Great achievement, positivity and good feelings. The power to manifest and create. Travel, success, fulfillment and belonging.

Reversed: Failure, loss, boredom, burden, lack of enthusiasm, stagnation. Efforts gone stale, laziness and lack of involvement.

The World Tarot Card Description 

The World is the 21st card in the Major Arcana and depicts a woman, wrapped in purple colored cloth, holding on to two wands, while she floats in mid air magically. She floats within a circular wreath, symbolizing completion.

Around her, in each corner of the card are four figures: an angel in the upper left corner, an eagle in the upper right, a bull in the lower left corner, and a lion in the lower right.

She's goddess-like and we recognize that she's perhaps Mother Nature, the creator of all living things. She's completing what The Magician card lets us know can be done. His tools are laid out on the table, and she has apparently used those tools to create the world.

She's the symbol of the cycle of life, and the progression of life events we all must go through. She's the promise of return and the gratification of a job well done.

Upright World Tarot Card Meaning 

When The World shows up in a reading upright, it's always a good sign.

Lessons have been learned and put to good use, and the success you've strived for is here or about to be here, depending on where it sits in the spread. It's a card of great opportunity as well as an affirmation for you to know that you've done well.

The World is probably one of the best Tarot cards you can get if you're concerned about your career or financial interest.

It confirms your ability to make the right decisions in these matters and lets you know that you can indeed trust your gut. It's a spiritual card as well that assures you that you're on the right path.

This card is also there to tell you that you can rest a bit, that you don't have to work yourself to the bone, because you've already done so much and come so far that it's okay to take a break.

In health, this is an excellent sign that you're on the mend and are looking good. You did the right thing for yourself and it's paying off.

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Reversed World Tarot Card Meaning 

When we see this card in reverse, it's not time to panic, it's just a heads up that lets us know we're slacking and have to get back on track.

This card is associated with energy and, in reverse, the lack of it. If you're concerned about something in your life and you get this card, you're being told to snap out of it and get your life back together, because you're the only one who can save yourself.

The World Tarot card is also a very important card in terms of health and healing.

If you've noticed that your health is not improving, this card says, "Try something different." It's a card that tells you to make changes if you aren't getting what you want or need out of this life.

It's also a warning to you that things aren't going to get better if you keep doing the same things over and over, getting nowhere.

It's a good career wake-up call, letting you know that you need to put in the effort to get out of a ruinous job situation, or to simply get up on your feet and move. Make things happen; don't become complacent with your own life.

The World Tarot Card Meaning in Love & Relationships 

If you're curious about your love life and you get The World card, consider yourself very lucky. It's a great show of stability and solid family life.

If you aren't partnered and you wish to be, you will be. And if you're married, it represents marital bliss (if such a thing exists).

Drawing the World Tarot card upright lets you know that everything in your relationship is balanced and working well.

You can trust your mate and they can trust you. All things feel comfortable, and with proper respect and honest communication, you can count on longevity and trust within the partnership.

If you receive this card in reverse, in a love reading, it's most definitely about laziness and lack of focus.

Perhaps you've been in a relationship for a long time and there is no longer any spark of excitement. This one's on you, friend. The World card tells you that you can have more, you can put in the effort to mend your tired relationship and renew it into something marvelous.

The World card always comes with a positive future.

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Ruby Miranda is a New Yorker who learned astrology, I Ching and all types of cartomancy and numerology from her crazy, gypsy mother. She currently writes for a wide range of esoteric publications.​