21:   The World

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The World tarot card
Universal Waite
The World tarot card
BOTA (Builders of the Adytum)

1.   Completion (completeness) or integration.

2.   The conclusion of a long-term project.

3.   (Sometimes) relocation or a long trip.


In some decks, this card is "The Universe."

"The Dancer has one leg crossed over the other, just like the Hanged Man.   She is, in a sense, his opposite   —   the hanged man right-side-up.   As the Hanged Man saw infinitely inward, the Dancer sees infinitely outward."

If you look closely, you'll see that the four creatures in the corners of this card (the angel, the eagle, the ox, and the lion) are basically the same ones depicted on The Wheel of Fortune.

These animals are listed in Ezekiel 1:10 and Revelation 4:7.   They are also the traditional symbols of the Four Evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John)   —   Matthew is represented by a human or angel; Mark by a lion; Luke by an ox; and John by an eagle.

In some of the older decks, the figure in the center was Jesus Christ.

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