In my beginning is my end.
In my end is my beginning.
~ T. S. Eliot
On this first day of December, which is also World AIDS Day, for better or worse, the end of the year is now in sight. And to underscore this, in the week of the final 2014 Full Moon’s illumination, The World comes dancing.
The World is, arguably, the most important card of the Tarot, since it is the triumphant finish of the Fool’s Journey in the Major Arcana. It is the summation of all, indicating that there is a great completion that is occurring, the ending of a huge cycle.
Here we see the evergreen wreath of the natural world, in an eternal circle, symbol of the Divine Feminine. It is wrapped at the top and bottom with root chakra red sashes tied in the cosmic lemniscate infinity symbol.
Could this be an acknowledgment of our Global Prayer Circle/Advent Sun Wreath? It would certainly be in perfect harmony with our ceremony and our intentions.
But even more, considering the timing of its visit on the first day of the final month of this year, I think it also indicates that a remarkable conclusion is now upon us. It is time to receive closure, if that means understanding why things have had to be as they have.
After trials, tribulations, and a profound period of initiation, The World urges us to embrace the truth of Life as a full circle of wholeness.
Here is the Creatrix, The Source, the Foundation from which we have come, to which we shall return and of which we have always been a part. This is the cosmic dance and the Dancer. This is Shiva/Pavarti – the life force celebrating itself in perfect balance and acceptance; nothing less than the Alpha and Omega of All.
She is the High Priestess and Magician combined. She is the Hanged Man now upright, and revealing a wand in each hand. She is male and female; she is art combined with magic.
The World is the recognition that we are the summation of our interconnected consciousness. What we believe affects the deepest definition of what is. Reality truly is consensual. This is what quantum physics seems to point to, and what swamis, adepts, and saints have preached for millennia.
She is the Tree of Life, surrounded by symbols of the Christian gospels: angel, eagle, bull and lion. The World is the potential, the physical manifestation, and the completion of all possibilities.
The Moon, The Sun, and the Square
For most of this week we are journeying together under the light of the waxing Moon, which reaches Her fullness in the sign of Gemini (with the Sun in Sagittarius) on Saturday.
Cafe Astrology’s Annie Heese and Adam Banks write, “The Gemini-Sagittarius polarity is a mental axis, where Gemini represents the ‘lower mind’ and Sagittarius represents the ‘higher mind.’ A Gemini Moon encourages us to think logically, while Sagittarius persuades us to think in a far broader manner.”
But the tension is also ratcheting up as the next Uranus-Pluto square tightens before it is exact on Dec. 14/15 (depending on your time zone). Lance Ferguson notes, “We are in the midst of one of the most difficult periods of time in astrology as rebellious Uranus lines up in a challenging square to destructive Pluto in the heavens… [with] more violence and destruction in the headlines as these two powerful planets unleash the dogs of war.”
Our card reminds us that we live in a global village. We are all intimately interconnected neighbors, no matter the geographical distance. No conflict is truly “foreign” anymore; the fruits of war or the blessings of peace ultimately are laid at each and every doorstep.
The World is in our care and we are not separate from Her.
The Circle is Open, But Unbroken
An ending is now at hand that may have eluded us for some time. What initiation have you been enduring? What chapter is now nearly complete?
In what ways do you need to see, not only the end of some vitally important soul story, but the “why” of it?
Entertain the possibility that nationality, race, politics, faith, and all the fascinating, interesting, sometimes painful systems in which humans arrange and ally themselves are disguises for our true nature.
Consider that each of us is an individual expression of the Great Divine experiencing Him/Herself. And this is also true of every other living being.
Once you begin to consider that your own hands are the living hands of the Creator, that within your heart beats the flaming wild life-desire of Deity Herself, and that in your blood flows all compassion and healing — how might your life change?
What if we all lived this with all our mind, body, and spirit?
Within the ending lies the perfect seed for your next beginning. But before you start the Next Big Thing, honor what has been achieved. Reveal without shame, but with joy, exactly who you are.
The final days of this pivotal year are here, its story is ending.
In perfect love and perfect trust, we are the living proof that The World is whole, and never broken.