Aeclectic Tarot
Tarot Cards & Reviews          Tarot Forum               Free Tarot Readings           Tarot Card Meanings

World - Major #21

> Aeclectic Tarot Forum > Tarot Special Interest > Tarot Study Groups > Individual Deck Studies > Gay Tarot

tarotbear's Avatar
tarotbear  tarotbear is offline
One of the original 100 members
Join Date: 05 Aug 2001
Location: Under a pile of embroidery floss and perle cottons
Posts: 11,189
Cool World - Major #21

- now - if you had gotten him to look like Charles Atlas (or Jack Lalaine) - it might have been a great inside joke!

O.K. - I promise - I am not going to do a separate thread on all 78 cards! I am going to clump them by card number, except where separate cards have already been discussed by others...

Remember - this is why I came back to Aeclectic - to get into discussions about this wonderful and exciting deck ... so someone start discussing, already! LOL!
Top   #1
Lee's Avatar
Lee  Lee is offline
Join Date: 18 Oct 2001
Location: USA
Posts: 4,815

Well, here's just a little comment. The World has the only mythological reference in the entire deck, and thus might be seen as not fitting in. In fact, it and the Guides are the only cards which show the magical, the supernatural, or the mythic.

The reason I stuck with my original inspiration for this card is that I felt that the World card, by its very concept, transcends the other cards and takes a more cosmic viewpoint, as we can specifically see illustrated in many modern decks, where the dancing woman is placed in space, surrounded by stars. Thus, I felt it was appropriate to pan the camera back, as it were, from the mundane and the ordinary, so that we see a larger view.

I was also influenced by the Golden Dawn astrological attribution for this card, which is Saturn. Now, Saturn generally suggests limitations, structure, and discipline, which are not interpretations ordinarily applied nowadays to the World card. However, I was much taken with an interpretation for the World which I read in Mary Greer's Tarot for Your Self, which spoke of the card in terms of accepting and thus overcoming one's limitations, or, as I think she said, "dancing on one's limitations." The example would be a person who becomes disabled and thus unable to continue with their previous career, but who uses the situation to uncover other interests or talents which had previously lain fallow, and thus embarks on a new and even more satisfying career.

It seemed to me that the image of Atlas captures this meaning. He carries the Earth, or, one could say, his life, as a burden. Yet, he bears up under the burden and looks at us with an expression of resigned humor. To me this made a tremendously satisfying coda to the symphony of the Trumps.

-- Lee
Top   #2



Elsewhere on Aeclectic Tarot
· Tarot Cards & Reviews
· Free Tarot Readings
· What's New
· Tarot Card Meanings

Aeclectic Tarot Categories
· Angel Decks
· Dark & Gothic Decks
· Goddess Decks
· Fairy Decks
· Doreen Virtue Decks
· Beginner Decks
· Cat Decks
· Pagan & Wiccan Decks
· Ancient Egyptian Decks
· Celtic Decks
· Lenormand Decks
· Rider-Waite Decks
· Marseilles Decks
· Thoth Decks
· Oracle Decks
· List All Decks
· Popular Tarot Decks
· Available Decks
· What's New

Copyright © 1996 - 2020 Aeclectic Tarot. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy. Contact us.