The World Tarot Card Meaning
The World is your oyster when you see this card in your reading.
Like with the Wheel of Fortune card, it is indicative that there is luck on your side and that the universe is looking at you favorably. However, when the World is present it says that things are definitely looking up and that what you want is at your fingertips, you simply have to reach out and take what you want. When you see this card in a reading it is a reminder that all things are possible and that there are endless forces at work that you can’t see.
This card is a very personal card. It is often compared to the Wheel of Fortune card because it carries similar weight and meaning. The main difference between the cards is that the World reflects the present and now. Even in a past or future position in a reading the card carries positive energies that affect your present standing. The luck from the Wheel of fortune card pays off and becomes true reward. The reward from the World card is similar to the feeling of winning or being triumphant. Thy symbolism on the card in the Rider-Waite deck is largely based on completion or reaching the end. The World is the last card in the major arcana of the tarot and at the point in which the story would normally start over. It can symbolize a prosperous end to an aspect in your life and new beginnings coming forth soon.
Now is a time to allow yourself to shine, relish in what you have accomplished, and perhaps even brag a little bit. There are aspects in your life that one would consider worthy accomplishments and it’s okay to take a little bit of time to celebrate them. Also, understand that with the ending of one journey that it is simply the beginning of another. Strive for greatness in a task that you are working to complete right now and be assured that the hard work you are putting in will pay off.
The World in Love
When a person in love finds the World card in their relationship reading they can know for certain that they are on the right track. Usually, you will see this card come up when one stage of the relationship has ended and things are ready to take a more serious turn. In a future position in a reading, it is very promising and shows the potential for growth and a deeper level in their relationship. Consider taking a step forward on your own in the relationship at this time. Whether it is moving in with your partner, making a purchase together, or if you have been thinking about having children now is an excellent time. The World also is a good sign of fertility in general. For women looking to get pregnant, it shows that the timing is also right.
This card talks about bounty, completion, and satisfaction. For those seeking love or feeling on the lonely side, it is a favorable sign that you are internally and emotionally ready to move ahead into something new. Consider how you have been coping with the past regarding love and you will likely find that a weight has recently been lifted or that you are feeling more ready to proceed to find something new
The World in Health
Regarding health, the World is a card of healing or defeating illness. Have you been feeling sick lately or worried about someone around you? The World bodes well for recovery and is often seen once the illness has passed. In some cases, it will also be a good indicator of mental or spiritual health as well. It shows that you have found completeness or a sense of happiness or peace that you have been much needing.
Specifically, concerning surgery or a trip to the hospital, this is a favorable card. Especially common, the World will present during times of intense worry in order to reassure you that you will be alright. At this point, everything has already been set in motion and you have done everything you can. Allow for help and assistance to increase health and let the professionals do their job.
The World in Work and Wealth
The World card brings news of wealth to the financial department and is sometimes accompanied by winning or finding a decent amount of money. It is not a good time to take risks… rather you should allow time right now for hard work to pay off. The work you have already put into place will find a reward for you. If you have been looking for a job you have likely already applied or interviewed for the job that you are going to get.
Reversed World in a reading
Like many reversed major arcana cards in the tarot, the World card carries an opposite meaning when in the reversed position. This card placed upside down indicates stagnation, lack of success, and disappointment. Consider what you have been putting a lot of energy into and seeing no rewards from. Focus your energies on healthy outlets and make sure that you are doing all you can to ensure positive outcomes. Avoid high-risk behavior or making drastic changes. You will likely know what area this card is referring to as the efforts you are putting out are stronger in one area of your life than all the others. Rather than indicating that everything is wrong in your life, the reversed World card is calling you attention to one aspect. The World is one of those cards that tend to be positive, no matter whether upright or reversed.
While upright it shows everything that you need or want at your fingertips and is positive for the future, the reversed World still states that you have opportunities around you, you’re moving forward and that positive situations are coming. However, changes may be slower than expected or not as great as initially anticipated. You may need to work harder to get the results you want. There may one more unexpected hurdle ahead of you. Don’t give up. You may feel like the weight of the world is resting on your shoulders, but the end is near. Keep moving forward, trusting in the original plan but being mindful of any changes that you can make to improve your chances of an outcome.
Associated Keywords: The World in reverse position: Reminder for self-reliance, Perseverance, Determination, Lackluster rewards, Feeling frustrated, Extreme stress, Fleeting success, Life lessons, Anticlimactic results, Narrow mindedness
World Reversed Love and Romance
For love, the World in any form indicates growth and symbolizes positive changes in the department of love. Romance is in the air but you want to be sure that you are making time for it. If you’re looking for love, chances are that you are about to find a potential partner without looking. There is someone for you out in the world and the reversed position of this card is a good sign that that person is close. You likely know your next potential lover but are not close friends. Keep an eye out for a special someone flirting with you and remember that love sometimes comes from where it is least expected. For those with an established relationship, the World card reversed shows slow but positive changes. It is a reminder that you may need to make more time for your partner or that you should let the little things go.
World Reversed Family and Home
When we see the World reversed, it often reflects on a person who is not seeing the whole picture. If a vacation or travel is in the works, be wary about your plans. There is a warning for you in this card saying that your travels may not go as planned. It’s not a horrible omen indicating danger, however, it can show travel delays and minor difficulties that may leave you feeling frustrated, especially if your travel plans are strict. Be flexible and you should come out okay. This is the same lesson for family interactions. Troubles at home are likely being caused by some narrow-minded beliefs, pickiness or critical thinking. Remember that your home and family are the foundations for your world. Encourage growth, seek opportunities for interpersonal connection and allow for others in your family to do their own thing. Consider ways that you may be judgmental or unfair regarding people who live in your home or that you consider family.
World Reversed Work and Finances
A good sign for new work and promotions, you’re going to get what you have worked for but unless you really polish your efforts at this time, you may not be as pleased with the results. Lack of flexibility or inability to go with the flow can restrict success. Consider your views about your work environment, people that you work with that may rub you up the wrong way and these feelings can be hindering your efforts to advance your position or finances. Take time to network and to think outside the box. Additionally, be mindful of your own attitude. Narrow-mindedness is a common association with the World reversed and chances are that you are not being fair in your assessment of others. On a larger business scale, the World reversed indicates business and government setbacks, symbolizing a hostile world or business environment wrought with friction, sometimes caused by a point of corruption within the ranks.
World Reversed Health and Wellness
In a reading regarding earthy topics of health, wealth or wellness, the World reversed shows a rigid or traditional world view that is stubborn in sticking to traditions. With the World reversed, you may want to check your health. Physically or mentally, you are likely feeling fatigued. Stressors in your life may have recently turned your life upside down, but realize that there is a lot of positive going on around you right now. The World reversed reminds you to take stock in small positive changes and to not to be too hard on yourself.
World Reversed Personal Spirituality
Consider the repeating patterns in your spirituality. These can be seen clearly when you focus on emotions that you feel on the regular. Your emotions are a good indicator of your overall spiritual wellness. With the World reversed in your reading, chances are you are feeling angst or lacking inspiration. Think about broadening your world sense, take from religions or cultures around the world or travel to see the world in a new way. If you have been actively working to manifest through spellwork, prayer or other means, the World reversed reminds you to be vigilant in your faith and to be mindful of negative thought patterns that may be thwarting your efforts. Incorporate awareness and mindfulness techniques into your practices, such as affirmations or positive mantras, to reinforce any desires that you may have been aiming for on a spiritual or magical basis.
The World Tarot Card Keywords Upright
- A new order
- Victory and success
- Someone thinks the world of you
- Good health and strength
- The world is your oyster
The World Tarot Card Reversed Card Keywords
- Excessive demands from others
- Opportunity to start again
By Flo Saul
Jul 9, 2012