Upright: Completion, integration, accomplishment, travel
Reversed: Lack of completion, lack of closure

In the centre of the World is a dancing figure, rejoicing in the completion of the journey and celebrating not only this completion but also the new beginnings it promises. The dancer has one leg crossed over the other, just like the Hanged man. She is, in a sense, his opposite (i.e. the Hanged Man upright). As the Hanged Man looks infinitely inward, the dancer in the World card looks infinitely outward. In each of her hands she holds a wand or baton, representative of evolution and balance. She is surrounded by a thick, green wreath, symbolic of success, victory, achievement and accomplishment, and tied with the red ribbons of eternity. The red ribbons form the infinity symbol, representing the infinite rewards of positive effort in improving both ourselves and those around us. Within the laurel wreath are stars of light indicating attainment of enlightenment or cosmic consciousness.
The figures in each of the four corners of the World card are the same figures that appear on the Wheel of Fortune. Interestingly, the World card is very much associated with the Wheel of Fortune, reflecting the cyclical progression of time and the human experience. The four figures (a lion, bull, cherub and eagle) represent the four fixed signs of the zodiac – Leo, Taurus, Aquarius and Scorpio. These are symbolic of the four elements, four suits of the Tarot, four compass points, four seasons, and the four corners of the universe. And all are within the dancer’s sight and power. The planetary ruler is Saturn, the symbol of time.

The World signifies completion, achievement and fulfilment. All of your efforts are finally paying off and you have reached the end of a journey or have completed a major life cycle. You have endured hardships and challenges along the way but these have only made you stronger and significantly wiser and more experienced than when you first started on your journey.
A long-term project, period of study, relationship, or career has come full circle and you are now feeling a sense of closure as well as achievement and accomplishment. It could represent a graduation, a marriage, the birth of a child (representing the end of a pregnancy), or the attainment of a long held dream or aspiration. You have finally accomplished your goal or purpose. Everything has come together, and you are in the right place, doing the right thing, achieving what you have envisioned, and feeling fulfilled and complete. In this sense, the World card also heralds new beginnings that naturally emerge out of the completion cycle.
There will also be well-earned praise, celebration and success for your achievements, and if there is not, then you had better organise something because you have worked incredibly hard to get here! All of your hard work, devotion, and planning has finally paid off and it is well worth celebrating!If you have not quite reached this point of completion, you are very close! You need to attain a degree of understanding that enables you to graduate to a higher level and enjoy real success. This rare time of culmination must be identified and honoured. Look at the past month / six months / year and think about how far you have come and what you have achieved. You may be quite surprised at your progress and how much you have worked towards completing the cycle of success. You may also see the projects you are currently working on have even better results than expected.
The World also represents a period where you can see the entire process or system for what it is and you understand your place within that system. This card is about a deeper understanding of your role and your impact within a certain environment and where you truly ‘fit’. This card can also point to a strong feeling of unity and wholeness with the world or in a particular situation. Everything is starting to fall into place and you can be ‘one’ with the situation.
You will be more involved in your community or interests. You have a strong desire to contribute, to ‘give back’, or to use a special gift or talent to help make the world a better place. You are coming from a good place now of love, knowledge and experience and you are ready to share this with others.
From a more literal perspective, the World can indicate world travel, particularly on a large scale. You may be lucky enough to be embarking on a six month overseas trip, or are working/studying/living overseas for an extended period of time. Similarly, this card reinforces universal understanding and global awareness. Wherever you will go, you will encounter new experiences and welcoming hosts who will embrace you and invite you into their worlds.

Upright, the World represents completion. When reversed, however, the World suggests that you are trying to achieve completion in your life but you may not be taking all the steps necessary to achieve your goals. There is a tendency to take the easiest or quickest path to attain your goal but often this does not lead to the outcome you had originally intended. Instead, through facing up to the challenges along the way, you will learn and grow exponentially and will feel such an amazing sense of achievement when you finally make it to your goal. So, do not be afraid to set yourself ‘stretch’ goals, even if it means enduring hardships or challenges along the way. This will make victory even sweeter.
The reversed World can also indicate a time when you are close to reaching completion but for whatever reason, you lose focus and slack off right at the end. You only have a short way to go, so why lose focus now? Re-energise yourself and remind yourself how wonderful life will be when you have finally reached your goal.
You may also be experiencing a lack of closure in your life, preventing you from embarking on the next journey or challenge. I often see this reversed card when a relationship suddenly comes to an end without explanation. The partner cannot make sense of what has happened and is struggling to come to terms with the end of the relationship. Things are left unsaid and people are left hanging, not knowing what to expect or where they stand. If you see the reversed World in a reading, look to the other cards in the reading to identify what needs closure and how you can finally reach your point of completion.
Sometimes, the reversed World can indicate that desired change will be delayed and that more time and energy must be devoted to your project or life transition before you can experience the promised completion. This may feel very frustrating but patience and perseverance will pay off in the end. You may feel stifled, even trapped but do not give up. Keep on a steady course for now.



The World Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Success, achievement, accomplishment, travel, completion, fulfilment, sense of belonging, wholeness

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, The World Tarot card signifies having the world at your feet! This can be in a literal sense as The World is one of the Travel cards of the Major Arcana. It can represent new worlds opening up for you so you can expect to be welcomed by the people in the countries you travel to. The World can also mean you will have the world at your feet in another sense, i.e. that you will be successful and the opportunities available to you at the moment are endless. You have gone through the trials and tribulations of the rest of the Major Arcana, you have endured the hardships and learned your lessons and now you will reap the rewards. You should be proud of what you have achieved, it has not been easy to get here but you’ve done it. The universe is smiling upon you and luck is on your side when this Major Arcana card appears in your reading so grab the opportunities available to you. The World can represent the completion of a challenge such as a university course or a project or can represent finally achieving a dream or aspiration such as starting your own business, getting married or having children. You have reached the point where you can be happy with what you have accomplished. Success can bring a whole new set of challenges or worries so make sure you’re not carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. You’ve worked hard to get to this point so stop and savour the moment! Celebrate your accomplishments.

If you have been battling an illness or injury, The World is an excellent card to get as it represents successfully coming through adversity. It is a great omen for recovery. Your health generally should be on the up if The World appears in a health Tarot spread.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot reading, if you are in a relationship, The World can signify reaching a goal you have aspired to. That may be getting married or having children or just being in a very happy, secure, loving and committed place in your relationship. There are whole worlds opening up to you and your partner, enjoy this time, you have both had to work to get your relationship to this point. If you are single, The World signifies that there are so many options open to you. It suggests that you have worked hard to overcome your personal challenges to reach stage where you are at peace with yourself and your place in the world. This can only mean good things for you romantically, as like attracts like. When you are comfortable with yourself, happy and open to the possibilities this life has to offer you will draw someone amazing into your life. It can also be an indication that you may meet someone new while travelling or someone who travels a lot perhaps as part of their job. It also suggests that you will be popular and in-demand.

Money & Career
In a career context, The World can represent reaching your career goals. If you have gone into business for yourself, it represents reaching a point, after all the stress and uncertainty of the start-up phase when you weren’t sure it would work, where your business is a success and you can finally breathe a sigh of relief! Enjoy the fruits of your hard work, you deserve it and remember to share your success with the people who helped you along the way. If you work for someone else, it can represent finally getting the position you always dreamed of or completing a successful project that will get you the recognition you deserve. The World in a career Tarot reading can also represent travelling in relation to work. In a financial context, The World indicates that money should be coming your way. However, this is not encouragement to gamble or make risky investments, rather it tells you that all the hard work you’ve been doing is going to pay off. Maybe you’ll receive an unexpected but well-deserved bonus or you will land a big contract which will give you financial security or maybe you’ll just reach the point where you feel financially secure after a long period of scrimping and saving. Whatever it is, your finances will be looking good with The World in your Tarot reading.


In a spiritual context, The World signifies that you have come through the karmic lessons you were given and have learned from them. You now understand yourself, your path and where and how you fit into this world. This is bringing you the sense of spiritual fulfilment you have longed for. You will find you are very in tune with spirit and new planes are opening up to you. You may feel compelled to go out into the world and share your knowledge and experience.
The World Reversed Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Lack of success, stagnation, lack of achievement, disappointment, burden, lack of completion

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, The World Tarot card reversed can indicate that you have not accomplished what you set out to do and things have become stagnant. You may have tried to take shortcuts instead of putting in the hard work necessary to achieve your dreams. You may be throwing all your energy into trying to make something work that is not working for you. The World reversed can signify feeling stuck in a situation. This will be one particular part of your life that is taking up your energy rather than problems in all areas. You may be aware of what is it already as it will be a focus for you and you may feel burdened by it. Remember that there is no point in flogging a dead horse. So if you’ve thrown everything you’ve got a something and it’s still not working for you, The World reversed may be telling you that it’s time to accept the disappointment and cut your losses.


In a health context, if you have been suffering from an illness, The World reversed can indicate that you need to rethink your treatments. If you have been trying the same things over and over and they have not been working, The World reversed is telling to try something different. This does not mean ignore your doctor’s advice but maybe try a holistic approach in conjunction with your current treatments that will compliment them and boost your health. However, if you have been failing to complete treatments like a course of medication or complete a fitness plan, The World reversed tells you to stop trying to take shortcuts and finish what you’ve started, if you want to resolve your health issues.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot spread, if you are in a relationship, The World reversed can indicate that your relationship has become stagnant. It may be that you and your partner have let things slide and you need to put more effort in to the relationship and having open and honest communication to get it back on track. If, however, you have been putting serious work into your relationship but it doesn’t seem to be getting any better, you may need to consider if this is the right relationship for you. If you are single, you may feel that your love life has fallen flat but ask yourself if you’ve been making enough effort to get out and meet the right people. Prince/Princess charming is not just going to knock on your door and sweep you off your feet. You have to get out and meet people. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. The World reversed can also indicate that you are struggling to move on from a relationship that ended without warning. Perhaps a previous partner suddenly cut you off without warning or didn’t give you the time you needed to come to terms with the end of relationship. This can be incredibly difficult to deal with as you have not had an opportunity to get closure. Don’t wish your life away waiting for them to come back. You may never get closure from your previous partner so you must focus on finding another way to make your peace with what has happened. Ask the universe to help you in this and keep yourself open to opportunities for healing. You will get through it in time but it will take a big conscious effort on your part, so put your focus into that.

Money & Career
In a career context, The World reversed can indicate that you have not reached the career goals you have set for yourself. It can also signify that you are falling short of your potential. Ask yourself what is holding you back? Have you putting the effort in? Are you afraid to strive to be all you can be for fear of failure? Are you stuck in a career that does not fulfil you? Remember you are the master of your own destiny. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, mistakes are how we learn. And don’t be afraid to think outside the box or take an unconventional career path if it’s what you love to do. In a financial Tarot spread, The World Tarot card reversed can indicate that your finances have become stagnant. There are always things you can do to help yourself. Don’t try to take shortcuts or engage in risky investments or get rich quick schemes to boost your bank balance. Hard work, consistency and determination are needed to get you into a comfortable financial position.

In a spiritual context, The World reversed indicates that you may feel your spirit connection has become stagnant and that you are unable or have lost the will to progress. When this happens sometimes we need to try a different approach. Why not try something you’ve never tried before? Try something new and interesting to reignite your passion. Alternatively, if you have not been putting the work into your spiritual pursuits, it tells you to be honest with yourself. There are no shortcuts to your spiritual path. You have to want to follow the path and put the effort in.