The World is the tarot card that symbolizes success and achievement. When we reach such a stage in life that all the pieces of the jigsaw fall into place, we are on such a high that we transcend material comforts. This does not mean the accomplishment happens by chance; on the contrary, we have consistently identified and moved towards our goals. It is also an indication that we can obtain what our heart desires, as long as we remember to pass on the favour. While we are often plagued by differences of opinion, we have learned to take them in our stride, and use them to our advantage. Sometimes diversity can yield new perspectives to an issue, so we are enlightened. In a reading, this card is highly auspicious, and a promise of success around the corner. We are in a state of contentment and fulfilment, and our heart is overflowing with gratitude, but we are not shouting from the rooftops. The World is a card of quiet and serene happiness and completeness.
The usage Arcana stems from the word Arcane. ‘Major Arcana’ means ‘the big secret’. The Major Arcana deck of Tarot comprises of the first 22 cards in the deck. These cards signify the major events in the journey of life of a person from birth to death, and rebirth. Each of these 22 cards has a particular meaning to convey, a definite significance. For instance, The Fool, the first of the Major Arcana cards, signifies the innocent baby embarking on the journey of life; The Lovers is the card of the heart and relationships; The Chariot signifies an ongoing journey; The Death is the card of eternal change, or rebirth; The Moon means the gaining of inner knowledge; and The World signifies the end of the cycle of birth and reincarnation.