The symbolism in The World card by Tarot de St. Croix

ImageThe World is the final card of the archetypal journey of the soul. This card represents wholeness and as Jung said “…indissoluble communion with the world at large.” The self becomes numinous containing all the elements, all creation and the entire cosmos.

Plato said “… this world is indeed a living being endowed with a soul and intelligence … a single visible living entity containing all other living entities, which by their nature are all related.”

In painting The World; I was inspired by the 14th century alchemical engravings of Anima Mundi – the Soul of the World. The Alchemists saw the world as a loving, spiritual being. In this tarot card Anima Mundi is surrounded by the constellations of Leo, Aquila and Taurus. The angel represents the great mystery. Anima Mundi stands with one foot on earth, one on water with her head in the stars surrounded by the wreath of triumph. She is a woman who might come from any continent. She represents the origin of life with the sun radiating from her womb and her breasts are the full and new moon.

Tarot de St. Croix: Death and Ten of Swords

These are two of the most difficult cards in the tarot deck yet they also hold the unique position of something being totally and completely done, which is some-times a good thing.

Our fear of Death; both in the card and in life is our fear of the unknown. However hearing accounts of near-death experiences opens up a new vista of possibilities. In this Death card the skeleton travels through a vast cellular tunnel toward the light. In the skeleton’s hand is the key to unlocking the greatest of all mysteries. From all endings, there is the possibility of something new beginning. Death is necessary to make space for a new start, a fresh approach.

The Ten of Swords is the end of a tired, worn out way of thinking. The figure floating face-down is also a reflection of the figure rising up toward the new moon which promises a new cycle. We can rise above our old, unhealthy victim mentality, supported by the lessons learned.

 Lisa de St. Croix

Tarot Symbolism: The Fool in Tarot de St. Croix

This Fool is inspired by the sacred clown Koshare from the Pueblo Indians of the Southwest. He represents a playful way to look at a situation. He wears the mask of Coyote, a wild canine whose high pitched yipping sounds like laughter. Coyote carries the message of the trickster. In this card, The Fool makes a shadow puppet scene of danger. The message is to look beyond our fears to see what really lies behind it.

The Fool is both the beginning and the end of the major arcana in the archetypal journey of the tarot, represented by 0, which can also be seen as a circle. The path leads toward the full moon, which symbolizes the cyclical nature of life. The boat and the moon represents a journey into the mystery. The fools knapsack lies open in front of him, what will he take with him? The aspen stick with eyes symbolize the witness on his journey.

Whenever we begin a new endeavor or journey in life we have no idea of the actual outcome. The Fool is here to tell you to trust the journey. To realize our fears are fantasies. To enter the mystery with a playful sense of adventure.

by Lisa de St. Croix