The World tarot card (XXII) is the 22nd and final Major Arcana card in the standard Rider-Waite Tarot deck. It generally means you’ve learned your lessons, completed your assignments, and are ready to graduate to the next level. When this card shows up, you should take the time to celebrate because you’ve come so far! But, as always, the meaning and symbolism of this card in your life depend heavily on your unique situation and the other cards surrounding it in your reading. Read on to dive deep into the meaning and symbolism of the World tarot card.
World Tarot Card Keywords
Upright: victory, achievement, advancement, accomplishment, learned lessons, graduation, travel, movement, wholeness, sense of belonging
Reversed: failure, unfinished products, missing pieces, feeling stuck, disappointment, being held back, failed missions, failed travel plans
Upright World Tarot Card Meanings
The World in an upright position symbolizes success, victory, and advancement.
This can be professional success, reaching a milestone, finishing a job or passing an exam.
You’ve learned your lessons well and are ready to take the next steps in your life.
There is nothing holding you back at this point so don’t hesitate – just go for it!
It can also mean that you have everything you need to make your dreams come true.
You may have many opportunities open to you and you’ll have your pick, now!
Another literal meaning of “The World” is that you will have the ability to travel, most likely overseas, maybe even for an extended period of time.
Regardless of the specifics, the universe is looking upon you with favor now, and you can manifest, achieve and receive anything you desire.
The only warning is that success can bring lots of responsibility.
While you may be happy, it’s easy to fall into the trap of panicking about all the increased pressure put upon you once you get to the next level.
Make sure you take the time out to destress and enjoy your newfound success, and put systems in place for dealing with any issues.
Upright World Meaning For Love
Upright World Card Meanings For Relationships
The World in an upright position in a love tarot reading is generally that you have reached or will soon reach a relationship goal.
It could be anything from having a baby and getting married, or if you’re dating but not serious, you might decide to deepen your commitment to each other.
This could even be a joint goal that doesn’t necessarily have to do with the relationship — such as traveling or starting a business idea together.
Either way, you are entering a good, solid phase of your relationship and should take the time to celebrate any major successes, or simply enjoy an easy pace of your relationship if not.
Upright World Card Meanings For Singles
The World card in an upright position in a single tarot reading is generally good news for you.
It can mean that you are on the verge of meeting someone new, or it could indicate that your relationships will be experiencing positive growth.
You may find yourself traveling to visit friends, family, or loved ones more frequently and it’s likely you may meet someone while traveling or out and about.
If you’ve been single for some time, The World is an indicator that your options are opening up.
You’ve been doing the work on healing your past and overcoming any issues that have kept you from manifesting love.
And now your new attitude and look on life, love, and yourself is contagious.
You may even find yourself becoming more popular and in high demand!
So, enjoy dating, have fun, and keep your options open.
When you are ready, the universe will conspire in your favor…and all you have to do is be willing to walk through the door to your future.
Upright World Meaning For Money & Career
When it comes to your money and your career, The World tarot card in an upright position signifies your success in meeting your goals.
If you’ve started a company, for example, though it’s been a long, hard road, you’ve finally reached a point where your customer base is growing and you might even be turning a profit!
It could also indicate that you have received a promotion at work, or if you’re looking to switch jobs or careers, it’s a sign that you’re on the right track and will find success.
The World can also signal traveling for work or business.
When it comes to your finances, maybe you’ve been working hard to meet a certain financial goal, such as saving up for a down payment on a house or car.
The World will come to show you that you’re nearing completion and will soon be able to make your purchase.
If you’ve been manifesting money, The World can also show that money is coming your way.
However, this is not a license or excuse to spend frivolously.
You can lose it just as quickly as you receive it if you’re not careful.
Reversed World Tarot Card Meanings
The World reversed in a tarot reading generally means disappointment, unfulfillment, and failure.
If you’ve put all of your eggs in one basket and thrown everything you have at one particular goal and it hasn’t worked out as expected, The World will confirm that it’s time to move on.
The World also shows reversed when you’ve tried to take shortcuts and hack your way to success — but it hasn’t worked in your favor.
You’ll either have to change your approach or abandon this project and start all over from scratch.
The World reversed can also indicate that you’re feeling stuck.
There may be no attractive options for what to do next, so you’ll just have to do the best you can with what you have.
Keep in mind that The World in reverse does not mean your entire life seems bad.
Instead, there’s one specific area of your life where you’ve put so much energy and things haven’t worked out the way you’d like.
You’re generally still in a good position overall.
You just have a little more work to do.
Reversed World Meaning For Love
Reversed World Card Meanings For Relationships
If you’re in a relationship and The World appears reversed in a love tarot reading, it means you’re feeling stagnant and stuck in your relationship.
If you’re ready for progression and your partner is not, you can grow frustrated and feel like they are wasting your time.
You may even begin to question your love for them, as you’re no longer feeling the same passion and desire that once drew you together.
However, it’s not all bad news!
Just because The World appears reversed doesn’t mean that your relationship isn’t worth fighting for.
You’ll need to be honest with yourself and your partner and maintain clear communication if you want things to work.
You can get back on track but both of you will need to compromise for the greater good.
If, over time, things don’t improve, however, you’ll need to reevaluate whether you want to stick around.
It’s possible that you will never get your needs met in this union and you might be better off with someone else.
Reversed World Card Meanings For Singles
If you’re single and The World appears reversed in your tarot reading, it means that although “the world” is open to you, you’re closing yourself off and avoiding putting yourself out there so that you can meet people.
You may be feeling shy or lacking confidence now, and that could be why you’re sitting at home and not making yourself available.
If you’re still dealing with emotional baggage or pain from a past failed relationship, The World reversed could be telling you that these issues are holding you back from being happy.
You have to address whatever is making you feel this way before you can move on and meet someone new.
The thing is, you may never find the closure you’re seeking.
You can’t wait for someone else to give you permission to move on with your life and find joy.
You have to make the choice to move forward on your own.
Reversed World Meaning For Money & Career
When it comes to your career, The World reversed shows up when your plans have fallen flat.
Despite all your efforts, you feel like you should be farther along by now, or like you should be much more successful.
Furthermore, you may be feeling like forces outside of your control are blocking you from your desires.
Now your job is to engage in deep self-evaluation, and ask yourself many questions.
Have you given it your all? Are you following a clear path? Are you taking any shortcuts? Are you waiting for somebody to give you something or are you going out to make a way for yourself?
Usually when The World shows up reversed it’s because of a blockage that comes from within — even if you can’t or aren’t ready to acknowledge that.
When it comes to your money and finances, The World reversed is a sign that you’re stuck.
Your money isn’t growing, but you’re not losing any either (which is good.) You’re just keeping what’s already there, but are you doing anything with it?
It feels like stagnation, and that can make you feel frustrated.
This is a sign for you to take stock of your money. Where are you putting it? Where are you spending it? Where do you want to put it?
Now is not the time for shady money schemes, but you might want to consider small ways to let the money you have generate more money for you.
Final Thoughts On The World Card
Congrats on taking the first step to working with the tarot and learning to read for yourself and those you love!
Just by interacting with different cards and learning more about their meanings, you are already on your way down your path to spiritual fulfillment and enlightenment.
The next natural step is to make sure you receive your free numerology reading.
Few things are as powerful as numerology for helping you improve your tarot readings.
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It’s better for you to get your reading and find that out for yourself.
That way, it’ll be a much more personal, special, and beautiful experience.