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
Tarot of the Witches
The Tarot of Durer