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The World- Illusion, Reality and Beyond
Bonnie Moss (c) 2007- 02
In the Arthurian Tarot, the World is represented by a dancer, celebrating life in a victory dance,  
feeling the ecstasy coming from within, when the conscious and the sub-conscious work in unison. 
The woman’s  dance represents embracing and enjoying life,living it to the utmost, unencumbered, 
free to dance to the rhythm of the universe. 

Ouspensky refers to the World as Nature, the world as it is, nature in its noumenal aspect, 
the esoteric side of nature, the inner reality of things, the human consciousness in the circle 
of time between the four elements of earth, water, fire and air.

Life is what we make it- a timeless adage that holds true through the ages.We can hold the 
world in our hands, even if only for a fleeting moment. Our perception of the world is one aspect 
when the focus is on illusions which becomes our reality. This limits the possibilities the world 
has to offer.
We live in a world of infinite possibilities, if only  we try to understand the essence of what life 
offers beyond illusions and the pursuit of material prosperity. We can look deeper and appreciate 
the beauty Nature offers, use it as a means to find inner peace, quiet and balance. 

There is a more meaningful reality when we look at the world beyond what the eyes can see; 
find depth in our lives beyond the demands of our physical needs. See the world in its 
beauty and bounty.

Nature is all around us, it is there to help us connect with the world .This is the vision of the 
world in the circle of time. Surely, it helps to have financial stability. It is very difficult to reach 
full potential amid the daily struggle of wondering where or when the next meal will come. It 
is disconcerting to live under the cloud of insecurity of losing the roof over our heads, our jobs 
and other concerns of human existence. These are basic needs of life.  

Conflict comes when man sees only the material needs that demand his attention; at times 
to the exclusion of the inner needs of the spirit. The necessities of Life goes beyond the 
fulfillment of material/physical needs.

The world offers the four elements of air, fire, water and earth to sustain us, to nurture us.
Man has to learn to draw upon  these elements as a guide to seek balance in life. Balance 
brings inner peace and harmony, clears the mind of needless chaos and confusion, resulting 
in errors of judgment, choices and ultimately wrong decisions. Apeaceful mind allows us to 
see things in a different light with more clarity.

Balance means moderation- too much of any of the elements is to flirt with disaster. We need 
rain but too much of it means disastrous flooding. Too much sun (fire)can leave the earth
parched and barren. We enjoy a gentle breeze, but high winds can rip structures apart. We 
need earth to build our homes and plant our food. Mudslides, earthquakes and the like can 
bury us alive.

It is in our human nature to wallow in times of success or failure. Many spend precious time 
going around in circles, scattering  their energy due to lack of focus or lack of understanding of 
the situation, or the inability to look deeper into the cause of the problem, much less 
acknowledge it. Problems can only be as overwhelming as we let them.

Remember that life goes in cycles, that nothing lasts forever. There would always be bumps on 
the road, which can pave the way to inner growth. This can help to direct us to find true meaning 
in life and appreciate what we have,apply the gifts, the skills and talent we are endowed with.
Look deep within, and sometimes you will find the answer, this is one message of the World- we
are endowed with the tools we need, the positive energy is within us, but we have to sit still 
and listen to our inner selves. 

This card brings with it a message to celebrate life. Dance to a distant drummer by listening 
intuitively to the pulse of universe. It helps to gain mastery or the ability to handle a 
new situation.

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