UPRIGHT: FULFILLMENT | COMPLETION | MASTERPIECE
REVERSE: INCOMPLETION | STAGNATION | DISPLEASURE
A pair of koi swim around a floating earth, their eyes looking both forwards and backwards, paying homage to the past while seeking out the future. In many cultures, koi and goldfish have symbolized prosperity and good fortune. The World reminds us that there is a natural order to the universe and that new beginnings are precipitated by successful completion of past challenges. Like the koi, it is best to keep the past in mind as we swim into the future. Only then can the cycle truly be complete.
When upright, the World usually symbolizes the completion of a grand leg in the journey of life. Perhaps a graduation, a promotion, a wedding, or the birth of a child. Something has occurred that has left you with a great sense of closure and accomplishment, and if not, then you are very, very close to crossing that finish line. Reflect on your journey thus far and to appreciate the steps you have taken to get to this point. Be sure to tie up any loose ends appropriately and fairly. There are many lessons you’ve learned along your path. Remember them well and apply them for the future.
When reversed, the World suggests the user is seeking closure in some aspect of their life. This may refer to a past relationship, an unsatisfying experience, or the realization that something has changed in you that cannot be undone, and you are struggling to come to terms with the reality of the situation. It’s not easy to make amends with the past, but finding closure will ultimately lead to a sense of clarity that is drastically escaping you in the present. This position can also imply that while you wish to fulfill a larger goal, you aren’t taking the necessary steps to make it happen. There are no shortcuts that you can take to get there, and the sooner you realize that, the sooner you’ll be able to move past this frustration and onto bigger and better things.