The Judgement tarot card is the number twenty of the Major Arcana cards. The card appearing in a reading tells you that it’s time for some reflection and evaluation of yourself and your actions. This self-reflection will help you to have a clearer and better understanding of where you are in life, and which steps you need to take in order to move forward in a positive direction. Here you can find a detailed description of the Judgement including keywords, upright, and reversed tarot card meanings.
Judgement Key Words
- Upright: reflection, inner calling, reckoning, awakening, rebirth, absolution
- Reversed: feeling down, self-doubt, missing the call
Judgement Tarot Card Description
The Judgement card depicts a scene that is very similar to the famous last judgement – a chapter from the Book of Revelation. The card shows archangel Gabriel – the Messenger of God and a representation of authority – blowing his trumpet. Naked women, men, and children rise from their graves to respond to his call. They have their arms outspread and looking up into the sky, showing that they’re ready to be judged for their actions and will accept their fate. They want to know where they will spend the remainder of eternity: either in heaven or in hell.
The extensive mountain range covered in snow in the background indicates that judgement is unavoidable and no one can escape it.
Upright Judgement Tarot Card Meaning
An upright Judgement card in a reading often suggests introspection and self-assessment of your past and current behavior. Now is the perfect time to weigh your actions and see to it that they are attuned with yourself. The things that you are doing today or in the past – do they reflect your core values and belief? Do they direct you to your goals and purpose? Without the clarity of truly who you are, you cannot answer these questions. Take time to ponder on things going on with your life and in the end, it will be worth it.
An upright Judgement card in a reading often suggests introspection and self-assessment of your past and current behavior.
Through this self-reflection, this could also be a call for enlightenment and self-awareness. After you have evaluated yourself, you will now get a clearer picture of who you are and what else you need to do in order to better yourself to a greater level of consciousness. Because of this growth, this can also cultivate your spiritual strength. Once you achieve such process of realizing who you really are, you can take little steps to become the person you want and need to be. You can also let go of your past actions and just focus on improving your current state.
Another possible indication is to remind you that there may be choices and vital changes that you will face and you cannot avoid them. If you have made some in the past, there will be an effect on where you are right now. Moreover, you should face the consequences with an open mind. You cannot do anything about the past – of what is done – and moving forward is your best bet.
Reversed Judgement Tarot Card Meaning
A reversed Judgement card in a reading can mean that you doubt yourself too much and this makes you feel down lately. Because of this weight that you carry on your shoulder, you cannot seem to pull yourself high and you are missing out on opportunities that can take you to a better life. As a result, you do not achieve your goals according to your plan and things are not being favorable to you. What is worse, you are stuck in a rut and you are staying in a position where cannot make your next move. Your strength is needed and there is a great need of confidence in times like these.
A reversed Judgement card in a reading can mean that you doubt yourself too much and this makes you feel down lately.
It may also indicate that you are being too harsh and critical to yourself. You cannot move on from your past mistakes and you see them as your weakness. Furthermore, you are making yourself down and you are forgetting that mistakes can be seen as lessons instead. Stop beating yourself because it will only cause you unnecessary pain. Rather than holding on to what is done, allow yourself to have a fresh start and a clean slate, without forgetting the lessons that you learned the hard way.
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