I find that the World doesn’t “say” much but rather implies an emotion or state of being. I starting journaling about this card not knowing what to say, thinking that I didn’t have much to say, but as tarot and journaling go, once I got started, the associations were easy to make.
I’ve been playing around with a word for 2019 — flow — and I feel it in this card. I saw an image a while ago that was a venn diagram labeled discipline in one circle, surrender in another, and the overlapping bit read “flow.” It struck me how these concepts relate in that way. The graphic reminded me of the quotation, “Discipline is the cornerstone of freedom.” It’s a concept I struggle with, particularly in my creative life. I keep this fantastical idea that when creativity strikes, everything flows, and hard work becomes a pleasure, but in reality, creativity is work just like any other job or calling, and requires dedication. I heard a phrase on a podcast a couple weeks ago, “when discipline becomes devotion,” and that’s exactly this idea of flow in life, in creativity.
This is how I feel the World. There is a sense of surrender, the discipline that got us here, that still lingers, and the flowing sweetness that is the continuing journey.
We never fully reach an “end” or “completion” though. This Alan Watts speech came to mind:
The existence, the physical universe, is basically playful. There is no necessity for it whatsoever. It isn’t going anywhere. That is to say, it doesn’t have some destination that it ought to arrive at … We simply cheated ourselves a whole way down the line. We thought of life by analogy with a journey, with a pilgrimage, which had a serious purpose at the end, that the thing was to get to that end: success, or whatever it is or maybe heaven after you’re dead. But we missed the point, the whole way along, it was a musical thing and you were supposed to sing or to dance while the music was being played.
Life is the flow of play. The World reminds me of that state of being. The World asks me to drop in, to pay attention to the cycles, to let the feelings, experiences, this sense of being, flow through me.
I am blogging my experiences here with Beth Maiden’s Alternative Tarot Course which asks students to draw a card each day, reflect on it, complete weekly readings, and other assorted exercises.