The World (old energy)

The World (old energy version) is an Old Energy Archetype from the Masonic Tarot Deck. In the Book of Slavery and Book of Power, the archetype is used to reinforce the idea that

World Tarot Card Freemason's Deck

List of Old Energy Archetypes from the Masonic Tarot

Chariot, Death (archetype), Hermit, Hierophant, High Priestess, Judgement, Justice, Star, Strength, Sun (archetype), Temperance, The Devil, The Emperor, The Empress, The Fool, The Hanged Man, The Lovers, The Magician, The Moon, The Tower, The Wheel of Fortune, The World (old energy)

Old Energy Archetype Constellations

Old Energy Archetype Constellations > Binary Gender, Excuse and Justification, Fool in School, Good versus Evil, Judge and Punish/Reward, Only the Chosen, Secrets, Submission

Related Terms

Old Energy Archetypes > Book of Power, Book of Slavery, Creation Template


Book of Power

In this BOS, this archetype signifies "completion," graduation, completion of the work of inserting yourself into hierarchies of power and privilege.

"(The World; complete Initiation.) The Temple is constructed, it is complete and nothing is missing. The building is perfect in its design and in its execution. The ideal is attained, the Great Work accomplished, the Divine rule of Love and intelligence is established in the regenerated World."[1] Brainwashing complete. Initiate fully formed and compliant. Successful graduation to the next level. Note the idea of regeneration after a fall applied to the world.

Papus uses the card to add authority to the tarot itself. [2]

Book of Slavery

Also "completion, integration, accomplishment."

The culmination of the Fool's journey. "The World card represents the final state of cosmic consciousness, the supreme balance between good and evil, a complete reconciliation of the universe’s dichotomy and duality..."[3]

In the BOS, the work is never complete. You've had some success, you've been rewarded, but keep grinding it out at the wheel. "The wreath is circular, symbolising a continual cycle of successful completion and new beginnings because, as the woman steps through the wreath, she is completing one phase but beginning another one almost straight away."[4]

Fool in School. "And so we return to the Fool. Innocence and emptiness, united with wisdom. "[5]


"To greater or lesser degree it indicates a unification of the person's inner sense of being with his or her outer activities. "[6]


  1. Wirth, Oswald. Tarot of the Magicians: The Occult Symbols of the Major Arcana That Inspired Modern Tarot. San Francisco. CA: Weiser Books, 1990. p. 172.
  2. Papus, The Tarot of the Bohemians (Wilshire Book Co, 1978),
  3. Wen, Benebell. Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2015.
  4. Biddy, Bridget. “World Tarot Card Meanings.” Biddy Tarot (blog), 2020.
  5. Pollack, Rachel. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom. Harper Collins, 1980. p. 139.
  6. Pollack, Rachel. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom. Harper Collins, 1980. p. 141.

Fool in School