Congratulations on your graduation.
The world is your oyster. You’ve completed a major cycle of your life, and you’re not looking back. This Major Arcana is a very big deal. This is the card of evolution on a grand scale. We can talk about the evolution of man all day long, but it’s very much an individual, deliberate, conscious process if it’s really gonna happen.
“Travel is the enemy of ignorance and prejudice” -Mark Twain
After graduation, you’ll want to see the world. They need you out there. Is it too early to congratulate graduates? So many young people into ecology, sustainability, homelessness.
Watch ’em go, I believe in them.
Below is a repost of the Dec 23 reading of The World card from the Yuri Sukov Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg. All I can add to this is that the Russian word for “World” and “Peace” are the same (yes, they do love their children too, thank you Sting) and the importance of the central figure who dances in space on the card – and on all versions of The World card that I know of – who is Shiva, the Hindu Dancing Goddess of Creation/Transformation/Destruction.
23 Dec 17
All I can say is, wow. What a card for the season – and then some. The World is the last of the Major Arcana, the completion of a cycle. A wholeness, a completion. It’s a mighty and humbling card, encompassing All. In the scene on the Russian card, XXI (21, 2 + 1 = 3, the number of tension and creation), we see the Earth as it appears in the NASA images. A beautiful luminous blue world floats in black space surrounded by stars, planets and the rest of the universe. The big picture. Like from a plane, we can see cloud formations swirl and wrap all around the Earth on this card. The first thing that struck me was the photo a friend of mine took out here in the desert last night. Strange, surreal lights and streaks and what with all this UFO talk, ma, who knows what’s out there! Turns out it was a rocket launched to the ocean, but it was really something.
A Goddess who may or may not be a hermaphrodite, crowned and glorious, presents herself surrounded by four mythological beasts. These images have morphed over time so much I’m not even going to get into the religious weeds with them, because it’s the perspective and a more ‘down to earth’ vibe I’m getting now from this deck..a more personal message.
The card and its meaning has been around long before it was known the world was round (I am of the segment of the population that does believe the world is round). The World was illustrated back then sometimes as a miniature village or town resting on a flat disc held up by a tree, or angels holding a round disc with various pictures depicting town and family life. One’s ‘world’ was no bigger than the hut they lived in and the piece of land it was on. In gypsy culture, the whole world is home.
The first man in space was a 27 year old Russian whose name was also Yuri, like the artist who illustrated this amazing deck, and who has quite an amazing story himself. Yuri Gargarin came to a mysterious, tragic end. His death is sort of the Russian version of the unsolved Kennedy assassination. Yuri Sukov paints this card as if rockets, contrails and satellites are all buzzing and streaking around this tranquil, peaceful Neptune-blue crystal-iced planet floating in space like a sprog in a womb. One of the streaks even looks exactly the same as in my friend’s shot of the trail last night.
I studied clay in a tiny village in Mexico which is very famous (Mata Ortiz). From being dirt poor, the villagers were all of a sudden dirt rich from their self-taught ceramic art valuable all over the world. I bought an amazing piece from an artist who I visited in her humble but beautiful home that was built for her by hand by her husband and brothers. She had an amazing large pot in progress, illustrated with simple scenes. I asked her what inspired her. “Mi casa” she’d said. Her house was her world.
“Nothing’s gonna change my world.” -John Lennon. Wrong on that one, John.
Build all the rockets you want. We have, or did have, the perfect world in the first place. It’s not out there, it’s here.
In Ben Elton’s 1989 novel “Stark” (absolutely hilarious) the richest people in the world end up building the rocket that will get them off the planet before it totally goes to shit in 10 years. They build it, and the world starts falling apart and they’re all finally ready and about to take off and the wife shows up with the horrible mother-in-law he can’t stand. They all hate each other, but off they go, to start their own planet.
Those moments where you just feel like everything is right in your world, study them, memorize them, and make it your job to create more of that here and now, on this planet, in your world, because there’s nothing better out there.