The World Tarot Card Meanings

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The World (Reversed)

Ideas: Details, necessities, parts

Traits: Asocial, cautious, impatient, meticulous, narrow-minded, painstaking, petty

Emotions: Annoyance, alienation, hope, frustration, irritation, isolation, loneliness

  • Actions:
    • Dealing with the details
    • Double-checking everything
    • Focusing on the individual parts
    • Giving something time to grow up
    • Making sure to include all necessities
    • Tying up loose ends
The World (Upright, Balanced)

Ideas: Completeness, fullness, integration, totality, wholeness

Traits: Cultured, elegant, formal, honorable, impressive, polished, proud, secure, sophisticated, thorough

Emotions: Bliss, contentment, ecstasy, elation, enjoyment, euphoria, relief, satisfaction, triumph

  • Actions:
    • Enhancing your perspective
    • Knowing and loving yourself as completely as possible
    • Living life to its fullest
    • Seeing the divine reflected in those around you
    • Seeing the interconnection of all things and people
    • Seeing the larger design in ordinary events
    • Understanding the meaning of life
The World (Upright, Excessive)

Ideas: Belittlement, overconfidence, panacea

Traits: Arrogant, complacent, conceited, critical, ignorant, incurious, lazy, paranoid

Emotions: Disappointment, envy, jealousy, pity, pride, sympathy

  • Actions:
    • Assuming there are no challenges anymore
    • Being too comfortable in a situation
    • Belittling your next destination
    • Believing that everything that exists can be touched, counted, or measured
    • Refusing to set a new goal
    • Thinking you have experienced every single thing in life

The World’s Advice

Personal Growth

For most challenges, both intuitive and logical approaches exist. Most of us favor one over the other, but the secret to true mastery involves learning to wield both with perfect facility. Identify your least favorite approach, and then speed your growth by giving it special attention.


With mutual trust and effort, very different people can come together to create a reality greater than the sum of its parts. Once you have a taste of what can be, settling for less will be difficult. Keep in mind, though, that a dream of perfection can foster dissatisfaction with an otherwise perfectly good relationship.


Synergy! It’s possible for everyone involved to work together in harmony to create something better than any one person could produce on his or her own. Encourage people to share ideas. Allow others to share in the investment—and the glory. Unite and meet your goals.


Enlightenment is a goal; reaching it is bliss. Rather than beat yourself up for falling short, celebrate your progress. Meantime, keep in mind the lesson of the tarot: Even as we reach one level of enlightenment, we become a fool again.

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