I want to start by just pointing out an interesting fact from the accompanying book to this deck. Barbara reminds us there are a few cards that hint or refer to completion. For example, all of the ten's, Tower & Death. This is also a card indicating completion, but the energy around this indicates success as being part and parcel of that ending. Nice eh
However, it is also one of those cards that does link strongly symbolically, and very few decks actually depict this card otherwise. The deck can be as down to earth and as modern as you like, but rarely does the World card actually have that vibe going on. You can encounter lots of interesting scenes which are immediately recognisable. Yet when you get to the World card, it is different. It is as if this idea of an end of a cycle cannot be easily demonstrated without falling back on either symbolism or the traditional RWS image. Hope that isn't coming across as a whinge because it isn't. More of an observation of mine, and I am more than happy to be proved wrong.
Anways, in this deck simplicity and symbolism seem to be the two over riding factors. We have a female dancing in the sky, clad in what could be described as belly-dancing attire. She has the brass looking cog behind her, with the symbols of the 4 elements placed 90 degrees apart from her, around the outside of the cog. Here we are reminded of Earth, Air, Water & Fire.
I guess this card is most definitely asking us to think of the keywords whe individually associate with the World card. I am sure they will be different, yet the same if that makes sense.
For me, the only thing I would perhaps use over and above is the presence of the cog. As it turns, it would have a knock on effect on the neighbouring cog, causing it to turn in the opposite direction. Therefore the issue of cause and effect could perhaps be bought into play in some way. If it turns the cog preceding, would it mean wanting to change the past so as to effect the future? If it were to change a cog to the right, could this show a knock on effect of what is to come? Just thoughts here. The other cogs are not present.
Nicely illustrated image, but I do hanker for a deck to just step outside the box a little with this card. I guess the danger of that is, it would be seen to no longer be RWS, and may take some out of a comfort zone they grown up with?