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The World - tarot card
The World (XXI) is a trump or Major Arcana card in the tarot deck. It is usually the final card of the Major Arcana or tarot trump sequence.
In most cards it shows a naked woman who dances above the Earth holding a staff in each hand, surrounded by a green wreath, and in here we see the main symbolism of the card, as If you are given a wreath it is a symbol of having achieved your destiny. Furthermore the use of green is associated with Spring and new growth and as such be a symbol of the final stage on the spiritual path.
Around the edge of the pack are various creatures. In older decks, these are usually a lion and an ox, At the top is shown the eagle and a head, The four figures in the corners of the card are referenced in the Book of Revelation, 4:7: "And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle." .
In some decks the wreath is an ouroborous biting its own tail.
In the Thoth Tarot designed by Aleister Crowley, this card is called "The Universe." Most people are happy at this stage to know the world is their oyster, Crowley being a magician seeks the universe. This is the way with magicians.
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