Poetry of the Tarot: The World

The World

The poet finishes her Fool’s Journey
by penning liberated love to Sophia,
she who holds the shape of the Soul.
At last she greets the Great Goddess,
Ancient Mother embodied in matter.
May Her spirit always shepherd us,
may we ever move in Her direction,
find Her arms and peaceful embrace.

Help us to show up, be who we are,
to discover this is our gift for others.
Guide our light to the anima mundi,
let our legacy be every life we touch.
As Persephone returns, so must we,
yet never will we forget the journey.
She who holds the staff of true light.
She who sees how to direct her soul.

Reversed, there is no happy ending,
no golden flowing moment or relief
as she defeats herself on her last lap.
More delay and frustration abounds
as she starts running the wrong way.
Crushed and with things left unsaid,
she feels small, stifled and far away.
How can she love if she’s not there?

Resting at the peak of the mountain,
she scans the scene to see life below
shaped by highlands and waterfalls.
Everything has unified, in her hand
the unending red ribbon of eternity.
The poet greets the Fool in her heart
and leaps out into timeless stardust,
awakening the dream of the cosmos.

Copyright © Deborah Gregory 2016


Dear Poets and Dreamers,

Thank you all so much for your wonderful friendship and inspiration throughout my Tarot Fool’s (Poet’s) Journey these past six months. Please know that I’m deeply thankful for all the kindness, generosity and numinous insights you’ve so willingly shared with me along the way. It’s been an extraordinary time and a sacred journey I couldn’t have made without you. Here at journey’s end (the beginning!) I sense it’s time to return to the Natural World, take a break from poetry to dance in the beauty and splendour of Summer. I will miss you all, each and every one and miss writing too no doubt. Please accept my deepest gratitude for joining me on this incredible journey.

Blessings always, Deborah

12 thoughts on “Poetry of the Tarot: The World

    1. Thank you so much HF for your wonderful gift of words and lovely review of my work. Please note my entire Tarot Fool’s (Poet’s) Journey is not included in my first book, “A Liberated Sheep in a Post Shepherd World” the one you’ve ordered but will be published separately as, “Poetry of the Tarot” later this year. Hope this is okay? Warm wishes, Deborah.

        1. Aww, thank you so much! Here’s to another successful day of “foraging” for your art (and heart!). Keep in touch.

  1. Dear Deborah, thank you for sharing your poet’s journey these last several months – each and every time a quiet and powerful voice in the wilderness, which has always brought balm to this person’s soul. I’ve enjoyed all the comments and your responses back – always a widening and a narrowing of the lens –

    Enjoy your bright summer in the beauty of Mother Nature! Here in the southern hemisphere it is cold. I’m thinking of the solstice and the longest night of the year next week – a time when the earth, always turning, stays still for just a moment –

    Thank you again for everything … and I look forward to ‘seeing’ you again soon. Sending love, Susan

    1. Thank you so much Susan for your faithful company and whole-hearted encouragement throughout my remarkable Tarot journey. It’s been truly awesome! A journey of angels and demons, upright and reversed. A quest to read, and experience the “two-eyed story” one inner, one outer … as above, so below. One of darkness, the other light, and so much more! Oh my goddess, I’m already running into the Great Mother’s loving arms!

      It’s amazing how the opposites abound, and always will! With both winter and summer solstices being celebrated in the world on the very same day … here again we learn to hold the tension between them. Let us not also forget the rich, reflective lessons and wisdom that the Tarot itself, so generously, and willingly offers us students of the Soul. Blessings always, Deborah.

  2. Hi Deborah,

    Thank you so much for your vision on the tarot card of The World. It is here that we find the philosopher’s stone, the elixir of life. This brings back fertility to the king.
    If ever we detect our red ribbon of eternity, may we follow it, no even pull on it to awaken the cosmos within.


    1. Thank you so much Susanne for sharing your rich insights on The World and for your friendship and inspiration on my Tarot Journey. It’s been an incredible journey that I couldn’t have taken without the love and light of the poets and dreamers. Yes, may we all follow Her bliss and Her eternal red ribbon through the labyrinth of our lives. Blessings always, Deborah.

  3. Deborah, where can I buy this book? Please tell me your tarot journey is going to be published. Your final verse is a-m-a-z-I-n-g!!! Everything I hoped for and more – tis a huge feather for your poet’s cap!! Your journey’s end and return to the world is perfectly timed for the summer solstice.

    1. Thank you so much Anna for everything, most especially for being such a wonderful companion throughout my Fool’s (Poet’s) Journey! Yes, the “Poetry of the Tarot” will be self-published later this year via Blurb again. I’ll post something on my blog when it’s ready.

      Here at Midsummer we’re having the most glorious weather and its set to continue for the next week. I’ve spent the afternoon beneath the shade of trees, surrounded by various birds, butterflies and bees. The garden is alive, vibrant and full of mixed colour. Blessings always, Deborah.

        1. In the words of T. S. Eliot, as we (all) return to the Fool, let us “arrive where we started / And know the place for the first time.” It’s been an incredible journey, thank you Anna!

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