The World Tarot Card Meaning

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- June 15, 2022
Written by Aimi Davis 
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The World Tarot Card Meaning

It's time for a pause in the regular flow of life. The appearance of The World in a Tarot reading suggests that a cycle is about to reach its final arc. 

The World Tarot card is the final card in the Major Arcana and, in that spirit, is the culmination but not the end of a current stage in your life. There will be a pause and a slight period of inertia as the next big cycle reveals itself. 

The World card anticipates The Fool and indicates that a major and inevitable change is upon you, steel yourself as you enter a brand beginning and move closer to your destiny. 

The World Tarot Key Facts

  • The image of the lion represents courage and Conviction within the sitter. Depending on the context of the card, in a traditional Tarot Deck, a lion can be many things. It is only in The World Card that the lion is symbolic and references a need to be courageous and conquer their fears. 
  • The World Card is the last to appear in the Major Arcana. In a card reading, when presented alongside The Fool in a reading, you are in for divine transformation; yes, something will come to its natural end. Still, the future is bright, full of opportunity and optimism.

The World Tarot Keywords


  • Completion 
  • Achievement 
  • Fulfilment 
  • Sense Of Belonging 
  • Wholeness 
  • Harmony


  • Something Unfinished 
  • Lack Of Achievement 
  • Inadequacy 
  • Emptiness 
  • Fear Of Change Or Transformation 

The World Tarot Upright Meaning

The flow of events in your life has led to a profound sense of oneness, both physical and metaphysical. 

The appearance of The World in a card reading signifies that you are at peace, you experience a feeling of fulfilment, and your life is gratified by the choices you have made, sacrifices you have given and the rewards you have reaped. 

A dancing figure, clad in only a scarf, holds two batons. She is at one with the rhythm that courses through our planet. She moves and sways with the motion of the Earth, always in sync. 

You have journeyed through self-discovery, and your feeling of balance has arrived at a time where things feel as they should be, but your journey is not over. 

There is more to come. The next cycle is upon you, and the successes and failures you’ve made up to this point will inform your future. 

How to interpret the upright World tarot card?

The dancing figure depicted in The World Tarot Card is the central figure from which we can interpret its meaning. 

Encapsulated in a laurel wreath, she is seen as a triumphant figure. When the card is placed before you know that you have made it to the end of an essential part of your life, the continuous cycle of life is far from over for you.

The song, in the dance of life, is simply changing, and your familiarity with the old steps will only serve you for so long as you inevitably grow, evolve and transform. 

Love and relationships

You take great comfort in your relationships. They reward your soul and give you a deep sense of fulfilment and gratitude. 

You may have reached a point where you feel complete and happy in your relationship. 

If your relationship is still new, The World Card may also indicate a time for one phase of your connection to come close as you and your current partner take the next step and escalate your commitment to one another. 

You may be considering that next step, moving in together, getting married or starting a family. The next cycle is coming, and you are ready to move into it with your partner by your side. 

For single sitters, The World isn't exclusive to couples. Being single does not take away from your sense of self or your knowledge of who you are; as such, you can enjoy the fruits of your beautiful life. 

Money and career

Revel in your success, and be proud of all you have achieved in your career path. The choices you’ve made and the work you’ve put in have led you to this point of fulfilment. 

As your eyes focus on the horizon, appreciate what you’ve accomplished. But unfortunately, spending too much time focused on what is to come can force you to lose sight of what you’ve already accomplished.

Your financial position is favourable. You've made tough decisions and have shed your fears and anxiety, through perseverance, around money. A deep sense of accomplishment fills you, and before you start the next phase, reflect on how your current financial situation plays out in the continual cycle of life.  

The future will come. The continual cycle is inevitable, be present. 

Health and spirituality

You may have experienced a rough patch in your health, and although it has been a difficult journey, you’ve taken steps to change things for the better. 

If you’ve simply been determined to live a more health-conscious lifestyle, you’re getting to that point where the next challenge is just around the corner. You feel great about yourself. You’ve set yourself goals and achieved them. 

At this point in your spiritual journey, you have been an astute student of the cosmos, and the lessons learned along your current journey will serve you well in the future. You have a purpose, you feel fulfilled, and you understand your place in it all. 

Be proud of the difference you’re making in the way you see, and feel about yourself. 

The World Tarot Reversed Meaning

In a card reading, The World Card in Reverse indicates that your current path delivers you little to no satisfaction. 

While you recognise your potential, you are overwhelmed with a feeling of emptiness or incompletion. Something is missing, and you need to start asking yourself what that may be. 

How to interpret the reversed World tarot card?

No matter where you find yourself, you are currently in one of the cycles within an endless cycle. 

Through your journey on earth, at specific growth points, one cycle will end, and another will emerge as you move towards greater and bigger things. 

The World Card appears to announce your achievements and usher you into the next phase of your life. 

Love and relationships (reversed)

Personal fulfilment in this aspect of your life seems to escape you. You are close to feeling complete, but your relationships seem to stop you short. 

Something is holding you back. You cannot experience that feeling of wholeness, single or in a relationship. 

You need to exercise a deeper appreciation for people as you are surrounded by people that can give you that feeling of wholeness if you let them. 

Money and career (reversed)

In a career reading, you may feel shortchanged. The successful completion of a long-held dream or long-term project didn't quite make you feel as you had hoped. Perhaps you haven't quite reached that point of success that you had hoped for. 

It's an excellent time to take stock of why you needed that sense of achievement and accomplishment. Was it for your sake, or rather to validate yourself in the eyes of others? 

Reflection and realising what matters to us are how we grow and enter the next cycle. Consider your goals, and perhaps make adjustments. 

Health and spirituality (reversed)

In a health context, if an illness or health issue has caused you some trouble, perhaps consider an alternative approach to recovery. For example, if what you’re currently doing isn't working, incorporate something new alongside what your doctor advises. 

In general, if your trying to live a healthier lifestyle, stop making excuses or quitting, stay the course and see this through to the end. 

In a spiritual reading, you may feel at odds with who you are, conflicted, or disconnected. Stop doing what you’ve always done, shift, change, grow. Awaken your passion by exploring something new, something unknown. 

The World Yes or No Question?

The World Card is a yes. It represents achievement, fulfilment and completion. This revelation rewards the knowledge that you are ready for the next cycle, the next challenge in your life, which will eventually and inevitably be followed by another. 

What qualities are associated with the World card in tarot?

  • Positive
  • Insightful
  • Hard Working
  • Determined
  • Reflective
  • Courageous
  • Enlightened
  • Adaptable

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