The World, number 21
This is the end of the journey of considering all of the archetypes which inhabit the unconscious but by meditating on them we try to elicit their wisdom and energy. We come now to the culmination of the inner journey, because the World refers actually to the great Self that Jung discussed in the process of individuation, of becoming a whole human being. The World refers to whom humans are truly called to be fully developed, actually a living image of God. That is my interpretation, not Jung’s. But what else can it mean if it means to be fully developed; that is our highest calling.
The four figures at thecorner are the four figures representing the New Testament, the ox, the eagle, the lion and the human: they represent Divine Revelation in the scriptures. The central figure is a feminine figure in a mandorla which is an ellipse, the combination of two circles. This figure the alchemists used to represent the "anima mundi" a feminine figure representing the spirit of the world energy that filled all of creation. Jung comments about this,'The idea of anima mundi coincides with the collective unconscious whose center is the self. (Sallie Nichols, Jung and Tarot (1980.))
In the commentary on the central figure of the tarot card, The World, commentators generally state that although the central figure initially looks like a woman, the fact that the figure's sexual area is covered and that her legs are strong and masculine looking make the figure actually an androgyne (male-female] to signify fullness of what it means to be human. And the figure is dancing the dance of creation, she is a dynamic indication of the inner dynamos (energy) all humans have, to be fully alive.
In connecting to this image today participants are invited to connect to its Wisdom, to be guided, to become fully themselves, as well to be energized and become fully transformed, by being united to the Divine. Welcome to the dance of life.