X of Wands/10 of Fire: The Cage

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The Ten of Wands shows a man walking with a whole bundle of wands.  He’s walking toward a house in the background.  The house is symbolic of protection and safety he’s achieved in building up his empire.  In many of the wand cards preceding the Ten of Wands, there were mountains in the landscape, representing challenges ahead.  In this card, however, there are no mountains.  The only ‘burden’ is of the man’s own design – the giant bundle of wands he’s carrying.  The plowed field represents the final stage of completion on this work journey – he’s reaped the harvest and now is struggling to bring those fruits to market. Continue reading

XXI: The World.

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The World!  The last card of the Major Arcana (sort of – it just cycles back to the Fool, so in that sense the Fool is both the beginning and the end).  Anywayyyy, I can’t believe we’ve already come this far.

The World card is a very positive card.  There’s been some kind of major attainment.  Like all the wreaths we’ve looked at, this is an indication of victory and celebration.  Liked the Hanged Man, the figure’s legs are crossed.  However instead of a focus inward, this energy is outward – looking out to the world.  The two batons in her hands represent evolution and balance.  The red ribbon is all about eternity – they’re in an infinity symbol representing the endless rewards that come from the effects of doing all that self work.  The four astrological signs in this card, Leo, Taurus, Aquarius, and Scorpio, are back again – the four fixed signs of the zodiac.  We’ve seen this evolution of the four beginning back in the Wheel of Fortune, and now those four are coming to a point of completion.

Upright meaning: there’s been some kind of achievement.  It’s also about self-actualization.  You’ve reached the end of a BIG journey and it’s time to celebrate that accomplishment.  This has been a very important cycle, whether or not it feels that way at the moment.  Don’t forget to look at how far you’ve come.  So much has come together and here you are at the right place at the right time on your journey.  Make sure you acknowledge and celebrate this landmark in your life.  Like all endings, this is also the time of a new beginning.  The World card is also highlighting where you fit in to the world or where you fit in from a more macro perspective.  You’re starting to understand what you bring to the table and how you can share your gifts with others.  From a more literal perspective, the World can represent a major trip that requires travel coming up.

Reversed: A reversal can indicate you feel like you’ve put in all the work but you’re not seeing the results you’d hoped for.  Don’t worry – you’re close.  There may be delays and some more grunt work may be required, but your patience and perseverance will pay off.  As with so many cards, this is a reminder to accept challenges along your journey as opportunities to learn.  The challenges are coming to a conclusion and you’ll find the completion of this cycle soon.  A reversal can also point to a feeling of a lack of closure that’s getting in the way of you starting the next phase of your journey.  What do the other cards say about areas of your life that need closure?

The World tells us that our whole world is in balance.  Your movements are in sync with the universe.  All your hard work has paid off.  As a result, you’ve successfully reached the end of this particular cycle.  Celebrate!

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