|Cosmic Tarot, US Games 1988|
The World card is such a vibrant, positive card, it's hard to imagine it may have a shadow meaning. And yet, it does. I love what Biddy Tarot has to say about it:
Upright, the World represents completion. When reversed, however, the World suggests that you are trying to achieve completion in your life but you may not be taking all the steps necessary to achieve your goals. There is a tendency to take the easiest or quickest path to attain your goal but often this does not lead to the outcome you had originally intended. Instead, through facing up to the challenges along the way, you will learn and grow exponentially and will feel such an amazing sense of achievement when you finally make it to your goal. So, do not be afraid to set yourself ‘stretch’ goals, even if it means enduring hardships or challenges along the way. This will make victory even sweeter.
The reversed World can also indicate a time when you are close to reaching completion but for whatever reason, you lose focus and slack off right at the end. You only have a short way to go, so why lose focus now? Re-energise yourself and remind yourself how wonderful life will be when you have finally reached your goal. ~ Biddy Tarot
This really rings true for me in my financial planning. I do want to take the easiest path, and of course the easiest path of all is to just leave things as they are. 'You only have a short way to go, so why lose focus now?' True...I've done some research, I've taken some tentative steps, but this morning I really feel like not doing anything and just staying home all day playing around with tarot cards and doing laundry and what not. That would be doing as Biddy Tarot says, 'losing focus and slacking of right at the end', something which is a bad habit and pattern of mine in many areas. The message of the cards today is, don't do that! But darn, it's cold and windy outside and the thought of tramping around the town centre visiting banks and building societies makes me feel tired and cranky.
The outcome, though, is the Hierophant, the card that symbolizes authority and hierarchical systems--certainly sounds like a financial institution in this case, doesn't it? So the outcome of getting off my butt and carrying through on this, remembering not to be swayed emotionally by tempting offers, nor to ignore my intuitive responses to it all, will be to find the right financial institution for my investments.
I wonder if I can get by with doing online research, though, without having to go out into the cold today! I SOOOO don't want to.