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Quantum Tarot: The World

This card is one of the attractive ones of the deck. A black sky is liberally speckled with tiny spiral galaxies, nebulae and gas clouds - an area of Dark Matter creates a black shape in a gas cloud at the bottom left. A large, backlit open-palmed hand has just tossed a World up, and waits to catch it, relaxed. A rainbow rises from that hand and another one is nearby, framing the World, which is a space-shot of Earth. Inside the world the silhouetted figure of a slender woman dancing appears, throw her arms up in pleasure. She looks almost like one of those dancers or runners who perform inside large free-rolling spherical cages. She is slightly out of proportion, her lower legs being a little too long.

Fittingly, this card, as a card of inclusions and completion, is linked to the idea of a Theory of Everything and the ongoing search for it that has lasted more than a century now. However, in my opinion, Kay has gotten too bogged down in the potential theories themselves in the accompanying book, and has lost sight of the spirit of the card, which is one of joyful celebration, graduation, advancement, happiness in something at last completed.

Isn't it enough to say that even though scientists don't yet know who everything all fits together in scientific terms, they have worked out that it in fact *does* fit together, and that their hunt for a Theory of Everything is empowered by this happy knowledge, and that the card dances through our lives as the dancer dances through the World, spreading its happiness wherever it goes?

The Three Cups is about pleasure and enjoying the company of others, but deep-down important celebration is all about the World and her dancer, who to me has always related to the Holy Dancer seen in the Hanged Man. (Yeah yeah, everyone else says the Hanged Man is more closely related to the Fool, but I find the Fool's pair in the Hermit, both of them excluded to some extent from society). The Holy Dancer or Hanged Man dances small, measured, fossilised steps proscribed by his bonds: the World Dancer strides across the stage and doesn't actually worry too much about looking graceful as song as she *feels* good.

I'm currently in the process of falling in love with the Cary-Yale Visconti, and I'm trying really, really hard not to allow it to contaminate my view of this deck - somebody help me! Keep me in the twenty-first century!
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