Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The World in Our Hands

The appearance of the World in a spread speaks of renewal and suggests that it is time to get out into the world and take opportunities that present themselves. It is a time when we feel good about the world and experience some sense of harmony.

The Mythic Tarot (top left ) shows the serpent biting, devouring, eating its own tail, symbolizes the cyclic Nature of the Universe: creation out of destruction, Life out of Death. The ouroboros eats its own tail to sustain its life, in an eternal cycle of renewal.

The World represents an ending to a cycle of life, a pause in life and prepares us for the next big cycle beginning with the fool.
The narrative of the Tarot portrays our psychological condition, our story, with indelible accuracy, with more precision than any scientific method. It tells us the truth, not just of a single individuals life, but of the lives of entire cultures spread over centuries. The Tarot provides a universal thread, portrays a collective image, tells about things that are true for all people.
When we encounter the motif of the World we see what we know to be true. The life we have led is legitimized, but, perhaps more importantly, we come to understand that, in the next cycle, we can reach a new level.

The World offers us the opportunity to begin all over again; presents a way to participate in an age-old, ancient, mythic pattern. Knowingly engaging in this mythic pattern deepens our self understanding and enriches our knowing.

Take the World cards and examine them closely. Research using books of symbolism and readings provided by others and meditate upon endings and creative new beginnings. Consider ways to articulate yourself. For example, my drawings, in response to cards that guide me, guide this journey, will be appearing on magnets and hopefully become collectible items.

Cards: From Top Left to Bottom Right
The Tarot of Durer 
Mythic Tarot
Tarot of the Witches
Cosmic Tarot
The Tarot of Durer


  1. Wow, Heather, this is wonderful! I know this will be private soon, but I wondered if there was a way some of us could follow along. I am fascinated by the Tarot, but not very knowledgeable and would love to learn everything I can about it. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  2. You will be able to follow this blog throughout. I have decided to keep this open. Individual blogs of participants will be private, unless the individual chooses otherwise. Background work is happening in the Google Group I have created. So you will be able to glean quite a bit from this blog

  3. A great start, Heather. I can't wait to get my materials. Part of my order should arrive any day now and I just received notice that the back order has been shipped.

    You work with multiple this an advantage?


  4. I will try this meditation tomorrow. I tried pulling a random card and meditating on it but I did not glean much insight from it. I need objective outside directives with a definite focus.

  5. Pulling a random card only really works if you are thinking about a particular issue. You need to have a question relating to what is occupying your thoughts.

    We will be working with quite specific activities which will focus on the symbolism and take us to the work of Jung etc.