Posted: May 15, 2010 in May

I just can’t believe I am about to graduate. It’s so…wow. I’ve lived in this little town my whole life always saying I want out. Now’s my time to leave. I still want to leave; it’s just so unbelievable that it’s all here and now. I am sad that I didn’t start acting the way I do until now. I’ve made friends with people I normal wouldn’t. I like a guy I normal shouldn’t. Well I still shouldn’t, but I guess that’s not stopping me. Maybe it’s just that disease everyone talks about “Senioritis”. I don’t know, I think it’s just reality hitting me in the head. I always thought I’d be stuck in this crappy little town and now I can leave.

I did a tarot reading for myself last night. I thought it was interesting. My last card, the card that suggests a course of action (I try to point out to people a lot that I don’t think a person should rely on tarot readings. Their just something fun and sometimes just something to think about…), my last card said for reversed, “Don’t be too trusting. Put your faith in Number One! Pamper yourself and the object of your affection. Seek intimacy and personal happiness in all you do. Resolutions come slowly but will be worthwhile when they arrive.” The card was XXI- The World. (If anyone else reads tarots please tell me if this is a good reading for this card. I really don’t trust Barns and Noble Tarot kits.) It makes me wonder what other decks say for this card…

This is a basic (at least I think it’s a basic) Tarot card meaning that I got off the internet.


Woman or hermaphrodite dancing, a wreath in the shape of a Yoni (almond shaped circle), two wands, a cherub, an eagle, a lion, a bull.

Basic Tarot Story

The Fool turns to take that final step along his final path, and finds, to his bemusement that he is right back where he started, at the edge of that very same cliff he almost stepped over when he was young and too foolish to look where he was going. But now he sees his position very differently. He thought he could separate body and mind, learn all about one, then leave it to learn about the other. But in the end, it is all about self, mind and body, past and future, the individual, and the world. All one. As above, so below, and all opposites are each other, including the Fool and the Mystic who are both doorways to the secrets of the universe. With a knowing smile, the Fool takes that final step right off the cliff…and soars. Higher and higher, until the whole of the world is his to see. And there he dances, surrounded by a yoni of stars, at one with the universe. Ending, in a sense, where he began, beginning again at the end. The world turns, and the Fool’s journey is complete.

Basic Tarot Meaning

The World card pictures a dancer in a Yoni (sometimes made of laurel leaves). The Yoni symbolizes the great Mother, the cervix through which everything is born, and also the doorway to the next life after death. It is indicative of a complete circle. The Dancer has one leg crossed over the other, just like the Hanged man. She is, in a sense, his opposite, the hanged man right-side-up. As the Hanged Man saw infinitely inward, the Dancer sees infinitely outward. Which brings us to the Lion, Bull, Cherub and Eagle standing for Leo, Taurus, Aquarius and Scorpio, the fixed signs of the Zodiac (these link the ever turning World card to the ever turning Wheel of Fortune). These are symbolic of the four elements, four compass points and the four corners of the universe. All within the Dancer’s sight and power.

Thus, the World card, very aptly, represents a successful conclusion, all aspects accounted for and taken in. Simply put, this card tells the Querent that the end to a long-term project is in sight, and that it will be accompanied by well-earned praise, celebration and success. With Saturn as its ruling planet, this card can also indicate that the Querent, now an expert in their subject, is likely to become a teacher or sought-after lecturer. And, finally, on a more mundane level, the World card indicates travel, not short business trips, but long, fantastic trips. Maybe a lecture tour, book signing, or just a trip around the world. This is a wonderful card of wholeness, perfection, satisfaction and happiness.

Thirteen’s Observations

There are three possible things I usually see in this card when it comes up, sometimes combined, sometimes not:

(1) Everything finally coming together, successfully and at last. The Querent will get that Ph.D. they’ve been working for years to complete, they’ll graduate at long last, marry after a long engagement, finish that huge project. This card is not for little ends, but for big ones, important ones, ones that come with well earned cheers and acknowledgements. The Querent’s hard work, knowledge, wisdom, patience, etc, will absolutely pay-off; they’ve done everything right.

(2) Maybe because of their success, the Querent is about to become a teacher, a Sensei, if you will. Revered for their expertise.

(3) And maybe, because of this, they’re going to be offered a job or trip to some amazing place. They’re asked to lecture in a remote city in India, spend a month at the North Pole, teach on board a boat sailing round the globe. No boring little trip for this person, no sir! Luckily for them, the World card indicates that they’ll feel comfortable and welcome no matter where they go. The World card indicates a person who owns nothing, because everything is theirs. No place is their home because every place is their home. It’s all one, all complete.


I am not sure what to think of this or if it’s really the same as the card I have…I suppose that if the card wasn’t reversed or if I was more awake I could tell easier. What do you think?

  1. joer223 says:

    Alice this is a very great post! You’re a pretty amazing young writer! I never dabbled in Tarot. I was always attracted to the ChineseBook of Changes known as the Yi Jing. I had a great fascination with it for years. I often consulted when trying to make a decision. It’s an ancient book dating back thousands of years. It takes a little study to use it correctly and to get an accurate reading from it. The Yi Jing really works, it was almost scary at times in giving me an answer to the question I posed to it. You can find a good one at Barnes, or Borders.
    You’re description on the Tarot cards is spot on!

  2. joer223 says:

    It’s a great and exciting time in your life. Graduation. It must be difficult thinking about leaving the comforts of your small town, but change is good. And getting a chance to live and study in a big city is going to be life changing for you, in a good way of course. It will give you a chance to grow and mature (not that you aren’t already matured) as a young woman, it will give you a chance to become independent. It will open many doors for you, that otherwise wouldn’t open from where you’re sitting now in your life. Look at as going on a life changing journey, Going to China really changed my life, and I was able to experience things I never thought I would. Living among a foreign people learning their culture and traditions. Waaaa! I miss it so much 😦
    I hope your journey will be a great one! Is that like “fatherly” advice…….HA!

    China Man

  3. alice says:

    That’s awesome! Makes me want to look into that.

  4. joer223 says:

    Alice if you like Tarot, you’ll definitely enjoy the Yi Jing. Do check it out, I think you’ll be surprised. It’s not too difficult to use, the hardest part is learning how to cast the lines, but you’re intelligent, you won’t have a problem with it. I could help you if you’d like. 🙂

    China Man

  5. alice says:

    I’ll have to look into it sometime.

  6. dievaiday says:

    That was a really interesting post, I enjoyed reading it. You are dead right!

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