The World

Crowley / Harris Thoth Tarot: The Universe

The World:  The Ash This is considered to be the most positive card in the pack, representing completion of a cycle the start of another. All of your efforts have come to fruition. It indicates success in everything you have undertaken. Your battling is over. If there is any negativity in the spread, at the worst it indicates that success has not yet been won and there is more work to do but the prognosis is good. The card is ruled by Saturn, the god of fertility, and representative of the completion of a cycle and the start of another. It is represented in this deck by the Hebrew letter Reish (R).

Borrowing on Norse mythology, I've used the Ash to represent the World. The Ash held great significance as the World tree. In Norse mythology. Odin and his brothers thrust Ymir into the Yawning Void and made the world from his body. They set the sea around the world and planted the Ash Yggdrasil to hold it in place. One of its roots extended into Niflheim, the underworld; another into Jötunheim, land of the giants; and the third into Asgard, home of the gods. At its base were three wells: Urdarbrunnr (Well of Fate), from which the tree was watered by the Norns (the Fates); Hvergelmir (Roaring Kettle), in which dwelt Nidhogg, the monster that gnawed at the tree’s roots; and Mímisbrunnr (Mimir’s Well), source of wisdom, for the waters of which Odin sacrificed an eye. After Ragnarök (Doomsday), the world tree, though badly shaken, was to be the source of new life.

I've used an image of the Talley Abbey Ash as a fine representative of the species. The Woodland Trust's Tree 3548, The Talley Abbey Ash in Carmarthen is one of the largest ash trees in the whole of the UK. The fact that the site itself has been recorded as far back as the 12th century gives an idea of how old the tree may be.

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