Sources of the Waite/Smith Tarot Symbols by Robert V. O'Neill The World

The World

Four beastsWestcottT de Marseille
Only HeadsWirthMinchiate
No WingsFalconnier
Lower animals face viewerWirthT de Marseille
Upper animals face each otherEtteilla IIIVieville
CloudsT de MarseilleCharles VI
WreatheWirthT de MarseilleRothschild
OvalWirthT de Marseille
RibbonsWirthT de MarseilleRothschild
Two RibbonsWirthT de Marseille
Red RibbonsT de Marseille
LemniscusWirthT de MarseilleRothschild
FemaleWirthT de MarseilleCharles VI
MatureWirthT de MarseilleCharles VI
Purple DrapeEtteillaPiedmontese
DancingWirthT de Marseille
On Right FootWirthT de Marseille
Left Foot BehindWirthT de Marseille
Two WandsWestcott


  1. The wreath forms the number “0,” thus balancing the Fool “0” at the beginning of the trumps. The shape also may refer to the Tattwa for Spirit. On the other hand, the cross made with the legs and the triangle made with the arms inverts the image on the Hanged Man, symbolizing that the mystical journey is completed.

  2. Purple drape - This card is assigned to Saturn in the Golden Dawn system, and the color of Saturn is indigo (Regardie, p 241).

  3. The figure’s arms form a triangle, and the legs form a cross. The triangle and cross combine to make an important symbol in the GD initiation rituals. The triangle and cross also form a septernary and the World card completes the third septernary of the Trumps.

Based on original research by Robert V. O'Neill. To add to this collection of information, please email Robert V. O'Neill.

The Fool
The Magician
The High Priestess
The Empress
The Emperor
The Hierophant
The Lovers
The Chariot
The Hermit
Wheel of Fortune
The Hanged Man
The Devil
The Tower
The Star
The Moon
The Sun
The World
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