Interpretation of any Tarot card or spread must take into account the reader, the querent and the context. That said, here’s my general interpretation of The World from the Rider Waite Tarot deck and its meaning.
Reading The Card – Meaning
The World is the last Tarot card in the Major Arcana. As such it represents completion. It is one of the most positive cards in the Tarot deck.
This is a card of wholeness, the perfection of life and the cosmos. All that needs to be seen has been seen, all that needs to be done has been done. Obstacles have been overcome. The circle has been closed.
One does not conquer the world, one discovers it.
The Fool began his journey at the beginning of the Major Arcana and has now reached the end. Yet the end is also the beginning.
When this card appears in a Tarot spread it indicates success, attainment of goals and completion. Yet success is only one step on the path. If badly aspected this card – like the Wheel – can indicate a refusal to move on, a reluctance to change and the eventual stagnation that comes with such an attitude.
The journey is over – time to begin again.