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The World
by firemaiden

Card Meaning
Artistic Media
Artist's Bio


Naissance du Jour - A 'star is born' as the World Dancer parts the curtains of night and emerges like a blossoming rose to shine her light on a new day.


The world wreath of the Marseille has become heavy blue curtains, meant to suggest the 'curtains of night', but these curtains are also theatrical reminding us that 'all the world’s a stage.' They have opened in the darkened theater, and the ballerina has come forth onto the stage with a gentle and almost demure, but at the same time powerful, radiance. The parting of the curtains is also a hats off to the 'Cosmic Vulva' depicted in Aleister Crowley’s version of the World Card – The Universe.

Here, the World dancer is not naked, but wears a tutu made of rose petals. Her legs are in passé – the turned out and crossed position, slightly reminiscent of the crossed legs in the Marseille World card, and recalling also, those of the Hanged Man. She dances with the red scarf, which symbolizes the snake, her partner, and father of creation.

Card Meaning

Success, coming into ones own, stepping into the limelight, breaking through to the other side, finally the door has opened and you have walked through, the fulfillment of one’s dreams, spiritual enlightenment.

Artistic Media

First I did a free-hand sketch with pencil on paper, vaguely inspired by an ancient photograph of myself as the Rose Queen, but in a completely different position. Then I traced with contours with watercolour pencils, and brushed the colours out with water. After that I filled in the bigger areas with gouache. When it was dry, I scanned it into photoshop, and played with layers of hues and shade and the eraser tool to create the lighting effects.

Artist's Bio

Firemaiden, 43, was kidnapped into the cyber world of tarot three years ago while residing in Berlin in pursuit of an opera career. She discovered the Book of Thoth online which led to the purchase of one innocent little pocket size copy of the Thoth deck with German keywords, and it has been a hopeless descent into tarot addiction ever since. Firemaiden loves to do readings for others, and particularly enjoys doing spoof readings. Originally trained as a ballet dancer and choreographer, she studied French literature in college, until finally turning to opera. Firemaiden now lives in Mendocino, California. Go back to the project index, read the traditional card meaning, or get a free tarot reading with this deck.

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