Card Meanings

The World Tarot Card in Love

The World Original Rider Waite Tarot

The World card is a card of transcendence which tells us that we have completed a cycle of learning and are ready to move on to the next one. There is a deep sense of fulfilment connected with this card and to the relationship, this card means that the best possible way of relating (relative to where we are on the path of personal development) is now opening up to us.

The naked Dancer of Life in this card will give you an idea of the feeling of this card. How comfortable in your skin would you have to be to dance naked in a sunny forest glen? How great would it feel to be in perfect harmony with the world around you, contentment radiating out from every pore? Yet, with each completed cycle comes an invitation to begin a new one. The dancer has mastered the choreography of one piece and moves on to learn the choreography of a more complex piece.

To a couple, The World card indicates that you have now reached a phase where you can trust each other completely. You have sense of belonging without codependence, a sense of peace without boredom and a sense of vitality because you keep sparking off each other. How is this possible? It’s possible because you have faced and transcended your deepest fears concerning intimacy.

Because of the connection with the planet Saturn (ruler of Capricorn), this card could signify long-term commitment and marriage, especially together with the Lovers, the 2 of Cups or the 4 of Wands. Together with the 6 of Cups, The World could signify a soulmate relationship where you have incarnated to just enjoy each other’s love and company this time around. That doesn’t mean that there will be no challenges but it does mean that the key note of the relationship is sheer and unadulterated pleasure… Enjoy!

It may all sound a bit too cheesy to some of you. Rest assured, no card is spared of Shadow aspects. In the case of the world, a reversal could indicate an inability to move forward; a refusal to integrate life’s lessons or face challenges. It can mean that you are stuck in materialistic thinking (especially together with The Devil), unable to see a higher meaning and purpose with life. This in turn will cause you to feel disconnected and in need of covering up your natural ‘naked’ state of being.

Can The World card signal the end of a relationship? It most certainly can. It does symbolise the ending of a phase and that phase could be the time you have spent in a relationship with someone. It means that you have learned all you can from each other and that staying in the relationship no longer promotes your soul’s growth. Look for combinations with The Tower, Death and the 10 of Swords.

To a single person, the upright World card is a very good sign – it basically promises contentment no matter what… And if it shows up with the Ace of Cups, the Knight of Cups, The Lovers, the 2 of Cups or the 6 of Cups, it could mean that you are about to meet the love of your life. In the case of combinations including The Lovers and the 6 of Cups, you are about to meet a soul mate (i.e. someone you have spent past lives with).

Sexually, The World is the ultimate tantra card. Sex becomes a tool for transcendence and bliss. The awareness of the balance between male and female energy is complete both within and as reflected in the relationship. During love-making you feel completely free to improvise and express your needs. Your trust in your partner is complete and the flow of giving and receiving is perfectly and naturally balanced. Essentially, this card is the polar opposite of the reversed Devil card, encompassing a sublime sense of freedom and belonging as opposed to bondage and separation.

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  1. Hi, when i did a reading for 2 people (1 is already in a marriage but unusally for an Aries man with Taurus venus, he has strayed), i had the lovers come up for his feelings, 5 swords come up for hers, 3 pentacles for near future, the star for the general outcome and the world, 2 cups and ace swords for the quality and length of any relationship. I felt there were a lot of positive cards there, despite the awkward circumstances of the situation. I think she is apprehensive because of the situation and he feels a choice needs to be made but he is very much attracted and theres quite a connection. I think it indicates their connection through work (true) and also his wife but the outcome cards indicate its not the right time yet, but they also suggest to me, especially from your post above that there is something quite special about their connection?? Is it worth pursuing? I was tempted to tell the female to steer clear but having seen these cards im not sure now! Would love your input folks!

  2. Hey Lisa! I love your site . I learn a lot from it and refer back to a lot as a reader. I’m a lil stumped on a reading. The question is what do i need to know about the connection between him and I. I am single. and have met someone who i seem to have a deep connection with and I’m trying to figure out what I need to know. By reading your definition. on the world All the cards you mentiohn are in this spread. I’m not sure how exactly to interupt this since I don’t know him well enough?? Any ideas??

      • In general, with these three cards, I would say that means this past love is a closed chapter and that it is time to look to the future. It is almost impossible to read on a reading though. I don’t know if this was the first time you pulled cards on this or if you have been doing multiple readings. I can’t get a visual image of the cards (yes, what is actually IN the cards makes a difference) etc etc… I always say that a reading is done in the synchronistic flow of the now and with synergy between the question, the cards, the reader and the seeker. Without that flow, three cards can be interpreted any number of ways.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, feedback and questions. Please note that, while I'm happy to answer questions about individual cards, I don't interpret spreads. I get several requests every day about interpreting DIY readings based on my spreads. Even if I had the time, I don’t think it would be a wise investment of my time to ‘read on readings’ – A reading is done in synergy between the cards, the question and the reader… in the MOMENT.

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