As this final message of the Major Trumps is unchanged -- and indeed unchangeable -- in respect of its design, it has been partly described already regarding its deeper sense. It represents also the perfection and end of the Cosmos, the secret which is within it, the rapture of the universe when it understands itself in God. It is further the state of the soul in the consciousness of Divine Vision, reflected from the self-knowing spirit. But these meanings are without prejudice to that which I have said concerning it on the material side.  

It has more than one message on the macrocosmic side and is, for example, the state of the restored world when the law of manifestation shall have been carried to the highest degree of natural perfection. But it is perhaps more especially a story of the past, referring to that day when all was declared to be good, when the morning stars sang together and all the Sons of God shouted for joy. One of the worst explanations concerning it is that the figure symbolizes the Magus when he has reached the highest degree of initiation; another account says that it represents the absolute, which is ridiculous. The figure has been said to stand for Truth, which is, however , more properly allocated to the seventeenth card. Lastly it has been called the Crown of the Magi. --A.E. Waite

Thought cannot pierce the glory that defendeth her, for thought is smitten dead before her presence. Memory is blank, and in the most ancient books of Magick are neither words to conjure her, nor adorations to praise her. Will bends like a reed in the tempests that sweep the borders of her kingdom, and imagination cannot figure so much as one petal of the lilies whereon she standeth in the lake of crystal, in the sea of glass. --Aleister Crowley

For this moment, the World and and everything in it is yours.

A major element of happiness is wholeness - the sense that everything is working together in harmony. Not in a static way, but with dynamic balance. Involvement is also important. To be happy, we must feel connected - engaged with what is around us. There is also accomplishment - knowing that we have goals and are moving toward them successfully. When all these elements come together, we feel fulfilled and blessed. --Joan Bunning

This beginning was Nothing; the end must therefore be also Nothing, but Nothing in its complete expansion . . .

In her hands she manipulates the radiant spiral force, active and passive, each possessing its dual polarity. . . .. The Universe, so states the theme, is the Celebration of the Great Work.

All these symbols swim and dance in a complex but continuous ambience of loops and whorls. . . . This card is to-day as bright and glowing as any in the Pack. --Aleister Crowley

"Paul Foster Case refers to this card as the 'cosmic consciousness,' the state of being one with nature, achieving immortality. The World is the synthesis of all things, the completion of the work, the spiritual evolution, and the return home." --Susan Hansson

In her left hand is a wand, symbolic of the male, in her right a conch shell, of the female principle. --Joseph Campbell

Key 21, The World, is the mirror reflection of Key 12, in number as well as image....squaring of the circle, or the reconciliation of bound and Infinite, Below and Above --Richard Roberts

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