Monday, May 27, 2013

Carpe Diem #207, The World (XXI) or The Universe (XXI) Tarot

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Here we are the last card of the Divine Tarot, The World (XXI), sometimes called The Universe, but on the RW-Tarot-deck this card is named The World (XXI) so this will I use. We started days ago with our journey and quest through the Divine Tarot and now we are at the end. We have reached our goal,we have made it. We were on a journey of Life and learned a lot. Now we are resurrected and inhabitants of a whole New World in which there is no pain, sadness, and so on, there is only joy and celebration. This card, The World (XXI) ... let us take a look at it.

... shows us: A naked woman hovering or dancing above the Earth holding a staff in each hand, surrounded by a green wreath, being watched by various creatures. In older decks, these are usually a human face or head, a lion, an ox, and an eagle, the symbols of the four Evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.. It also holds reference to the vision of Ezekiel of the "throne" or "chariot" of God in the Old Testament. The four figures in the corners of the card are also referenced in the Book of Revelation, 4:7, where the throne of God is described: "And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle."

What we see here we can read in Revelation 21 (no coincedence that The World is numbered XXI) in which is described The New World. I will share here a few parts of this chapter and a part of chapter 22 from the Book of Revelation (NIV):

21 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”  for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.

finally His Gift
granting The World to His children
paradise re-gained

22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

22 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign forever and ever.

land of milk and honey
completely new

As we see The World (XXI) after a long life, after our journey and quest for the Divine Tarot, the circle is full. God send us into the world when we were born to Shine His Light upon it and now ... we have overcome death, we are resurrected, we are totally new, reborn, pure and good like children and we may live again in the Garden of Eden. With The Fall we lost it and with our Resurrection we have found it again.

full circle
as we came as children on the earth
His Light upon us

His Light upon us
as a beacon for our journey
finally home

With this we are at the end of our journey through the Divine Tarot and we have learned a lot and we shared wonderful haiku with eachother. I hope that this last Tarot card The World (XXI) will inspire you all to compose wonderful haiku.

This prompt will stay on 'til May 29th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our next episode, our last Special haiku by Kyoshi Takahama, later on today around 10.00 PM (CET). I cannot share that special haiku right now, because I haven't decided yet which I am going to use. Sorry ...


  1. I can feel your happiness to have guided us this way...this group...

  2. Wonderful trip trough the cards. Paradise sounds great :-)

  3. Enlightening journey through the Tarot. Thank you, Kristjaan!

  4. Thank you for a wonderful trip Kristjaan. You've shared such a wealth of knowledge and wonderful Haiku :)

  5. WoW...I made it to the World card.
    Great episodes Kris, appreciate your hard work