The World Tarot Card Meanings


21 is the Number of the World. 21 represents the fulfillment of a long and arduous process. Consider the energy of the root numbers that make up 21.  One represents power and action while two represents passivity and intuitive knowing. When these forces combine you end up with three a number of creativity and the natural cycle.  The number 21 combines both masculine and feminine ultimately leading to a new creation. This would start the cycle of the tarot over leading us back to Fool, hence why in some decks it is labeled the 22nd card.


First we see the Angel and 3 creatures, whom represent the four evangelists associated with the four gospels of the New Testament. Another meaning of the animals is the four elements of the four fixed signs of the zodiac. Next we move onto the laurel garland, a symbol of victory.  Now we examine garlands’s ribbons which represent the lemniscate, the symbol of infinity. After the ribbons we come to the world dance, a symbol of joy and celebration. Finally we examine the wands symbols of the perfect balance of opposites, total self expression and the ability to make magic happen.

Upright Meaning The World

The upright meaning of the World Tarot Card is triumph, completion, and reward for your efforts.  This is one of the most popular cards in all of tarot. It shows a deep joy and happiness, and truly feeling you are worthy of success.  When you embody the energy of the World your projects soar as the energy and focus pays off. Your life takes on the perfect balance and all things function in great harmony.  Another key aspect of this card in the upright position is the end of one phase in a positive way. This card can show public recognition for the work you have been so diligently doing behind closed doors.  Now that you’ve done the work you will have the confidence to take center stage and truly reap your rewards!

Reverse Meaning of The World

When this card comes up in the reverse it shows that while you are ready to move on, you can’t because you don’t feel you deserve success.  Another way of viewing this reversal is hanging on to one ambition that eludes you, now is the time to redefine your expectations. You might be giving up more than you bargained for by chasing this lost hope.  Alternatively this card can also mean you feel you are being overshadowed by another. However, many of these issues are inconsequential, you will get what you deserve, it will just take a little longer than expected.

Self Reflection

The World is asking you to consider the following questions:

  • What have I accomplished?
  • Where have I succeeded?
  • How did I accomplish this?
  • Who has helped me get here?

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