What Does The Judgement Tarot Card Mean?

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What Does The Judgement Tarot Card Mean?
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There is something rather vague about the Judgement Tarot card, because when it shows up in a reading, we are left to our own devices to figure who is being judged and who is doing the judging.

Is this judgement a verdict of guilt? Or, is it a nudge, letting us know we need to make better decisions? Are we to blame, or is there something deeper?

This Tarot card puts our minds to work when we interpret why or when we get the Judgement card in a reading.

Judgement Tarot Card Meanings

Upright meaning keywords: Self-evaluation, awareness, decision-making, integrity; forgiveness, being forgiven, new beginnings created as a result of closure

Reversed meaning keywords: Indecision, self-doubt, self-hate; gossip and ignorance; inability to face facts; false accusations and the tendency to blame others

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The Judgement Tarot Card Description

The 20th card in the Major Arcana, the image of Judgement is resplendent and joyous.

We see a winged angel trumpeting from his place in the sky, floating on a bed of clouds. His golden trumpet is adorned with a flag that displays a red unilateral cross on a white background.

It appears that beneath him are many naked, gray people, all standing in planters, which are more than likely graves.

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They have risen from the dead to honor the angel that bestows Judgement upon them. The risen dead open their arms to the angel — perhaps their sentence on Earth is finally over, and they can ascend to the skies where they will live in heavenly peace.

The dead are made up of people of all ages, children included. This card shows that there is life after death, and if you have done the right thing in your life, you will be judged accordingly after your death.

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Upright Judgement Meaning

Generally, when upright Judgement is drawn, it is an indicator that you might be judging people harshly, and that it might be a good idea for you to step back and reflect on your judgement.

It is also a card that jump-starts your judgement, meaning you might need to weigh a situation before you become involved. Clear your mind so you can assess what is going on before you take that leap.

Judgement is also a card that works on past guilt.

You may have done someone wrong, and time has not been able to get rid of that nagging feeling of guilt. It may mean that your consciousness is telling you that you need closure in order to live freely.

It is also a very important card to get when you are asking a question about money, as it point-blank tells you to investigate before investing. Same goes for large purchases. The Judgement card asks you if this this really what you want.

Judgement is also a card of healing, and if you are in poor health and receive this card, it is a good sign that you are on the mend.

Reversed Judgement Meaning

If you have wanted to advance forward in life, yet you do not seem to be getting anywhere, the Judgement card stimulates your sense of momentum.

You may have made a few mistakes, and somehow you got locked into those mistakes and all that came with them. You are in a rut, and it is imperative for you to hoist ourself out of it.

The Judgement card says to learn from your mistakes and stop feeling sorry for yourself. There is no pity in the Judgement card; it posits your world and actions as right or wrong.

Reversed, it also hints that you might have become a follower; you let the wrong people influence you to the point of no return. Judgement says there is a return, but you have to open your eyes and find it.

In health, this is an especially wise card that means you need to let go of bad habits, or else. If you want to move forward, you have to let go.

In finances, the Judgement card tells you to be frugal and careful with your money. Spend within your means, and do not get yourself caught in a trap of debt.

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The Judgement Tarot Card's Meaning in Love and Relationships

Love and Relationships: Upright Judgement Meaning

There is not a relationship on Earth that does not require a certain degree of judgement, simply so that it can thrive.

When we fall in love, we tend to idolize our person... at first. They cannot go wrong, and if they go down with the ship because they thought it was a good idea, down we go with them.

This card is representative of blind faith, and the need for discretion and intelligence.

Judgement appears to let us know that we are damaging our relationships by blaming and accusing. It is simultaneously telling you to stop judging your mate based upon your experience with ex-partners.

This is one of the worst things we can do to a person: make them live up to some idealistic standard — or, worse, try to make them into a clone of someone else we once loved.

Love and Relationships: Reversed Judgement Meaning

This is the card we see if we are thinking of cheating on our partner, within a monogamous relationship.

If you are partnered and thinking about cheating with someone else, this card tells you to weight the odds: Is this what you really want? Is it worth it? Are you aware of the pain you might cause?

Reversed Judgement is the one that slaps you upside the head and tries to talk some sense into you. It is a warning card that always says to think before you act.

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Ruby Miranda is a New Yorker who learned astrology, I Ching and all types of cartomancy and numerology from her crazy, gypsy mother. She currently writes for a wide range of esoteric publications.