As the last card of the Major Arcana Tarot deck, the World represents the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one. This represents the bittersweet feeling of accomplishment during the wrap-up for the last scene of a movie, made bitter only by the realization that the project has ended. The entire earth runs on a series of cycles—the end of one triggering the beginning of another, and so on. Through millions of years of adaptation, the world’s creatures have developed simultaneously and cooperatively— either into symbiotic relationships or as predator and prey. The complex and intricate system that organisms have weaved in order to survive is the greatest example of the divine balance in The World. 

#21 The World

Wild Grass

Grasses are the most ubiquitous and useful plants available on our planet. Many familiar plants appear in the graminoid category, such as bamboo, rice, and barley. Grasses, or graminoids, can be made into food, brewed into beverages, spun into thread and paper, and laid out on enviably lush lawns. Grass fields provide nourishment for grazing animal species like cows and horses, which are pivotal in sustaining our country’s farming and agriculture industries. Many types of graminoid plants have adapted to harsh conditions and now occupy almost very kind of climate on earth. Tall wheat or barley stalks can be bent into monumental designs without breaking and the smallest blades of common grass will bend under your feet and spring up following your step. Appropriately, grass symbolizes “submission” in floriography, representing the incredible resilience of the plant as it bends to the pressure and rises up again.