Tarot The World


experiencing wholeness
bringing parts together
achieving dynamic balance
creating synthesis
joining together
working in unison

realizing your goals
achieving your heart's desire
seeing dreams come true
finding a beautiful solution

becoming involved
rendering a service
using a gift or talent
sharing what you have
giving of yourself
feeling engaged
being active

feeling fulfilled
savoring the present
taking pleasure in life
enjoying peace of mind
getting satisfaction
finding contentment
counting your blessings

OPPOSING CARDS: Some Possibilities

Hermit - isolation
Four of Cups - lack of involvement, apathy, withdrawal
Five of Wands - working at cross-purposes, lack of integration

REINFORCING CARDS: Some Possibilities

Temperance - integration, synthesis, combination
Sun - accomplishment, achievements
Nine of Cups - achieving your heart's desire
Ten of Cups - happiness, emotional fulfillment
Ten of Pentacles - affluence, material fulfillment


It's Thanksgiving Day. You've just finished a delicious meal, and there's a hot mug of coffee in your hand. Friends and family are arguing about the latest fiasco, the baby's cooing at you from across the table, and your feet are rubbing the belly of a devoted mutt. You're happy, fulfilled and truly thankful (at least until you have to start the dishes!). For this moment, the World and everything in it is yours.

We all recognize this feeling. It can come at any time or place and is always welcome. We can feel it at home raking the leaves or on the world stage accepting the Nobel Prize. It can seem quiet and simple, or wild and glorious. What is this feeling, and where does it come from? Card 21 can help us find out.

A major element of happiness is wholeness - the sense that everything is working together in harmony. Not in a static way, but with dynamic balance. Involvement is also important. To be happy, we must feel connected - engaged with what is around us. There is also accomplishment - knowing that we have goals and are moving toward them successfully. When all these elements come together, we feel fulfilled and blessed.

The World represents these moments and all that goes into them. In readings, it is a very positive sign that you are in a position to realize your heart's desire. What that is for you depends on the situation, but it will always feel great. Remember, though, that Card 21 is a symbol of active contribution and service. To hold the World in our hands, we must give of ourselves to it. That is the source of true happiness.

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