This card feels complicated today. The World is about completion, success, reaching the end of a journey, graduation. I usually think of this as a joyful card, but today I am feeling the bittersweet side of it.
And that is how fleeting The World is.
We are conditioned to believe certain things about success and completion. We are told that we live in a just world. That if we try hard, if we are good, we will be happy and content and secure, and that will be a lasting condition. If we save up a little money, we’ll always have our material needs met. If we go to therapy for long enough, we won’t have so many big messy feelings.
But none of those things are true. The world is not just. Trying hard and being good—our actions—matter much less than our positions within hierarchies, when it comes to the conditions of our lives. No savings account can ever give us security. And being full of big messy feelings is the goddamn human condition, at least for most of us.
The Major Arcana represents The Fool’s journey, and The World is the end of that journey: its purpose accomplished.
But it’s just a moment in time. The Fool is always on their endless spiral journey. The end of one thing is always the beginning of something else. We get a moment of sweetness and joy and accomplishment, and then it’s time to jump off the cliff again.
What this card is saying to me today is: soak it up. Take a breath. This moment in time is precious and unique and perishable. Slow down and experience it. The cliff isn’t going anywhere—your next leap is already inevitable.