Judgment – Keywords
Awakening, renewal, self-evaluation
Self-doubt, unfair blame, false accusations
If the Judgment Card in the Major Arcana falls face up it indicates a time of great rejoicing.
This is a huge weighty card. All of the Major Arcana cards weigh heavily in any reading but this one comes near the end of our fools journey and it has a sense of being long overdue.
In the Rider Waite deck, it shows the souls of the righteous dead in their graves rising at the blast of Gideon’s horn on “Judgment day,” and going on to paradise.
It is a terrible justice that would make you wait until after you were in the grave and beyond to bring resolution. But it is a metaphor of what it feels like to finally have justice after so long a wait.
This is Supreme Court level judgment after things have finally wended their way through all the appeals and negotiations and this is not just life-changing for you but a culturally shifting judgment that makes things better.
It speaks to a justice coming to the collective consciousness.
It speaks of freedoms expanded and the ability to rise and follow your highest calling.
It can also speak of loved ones being reunited after a momentous separation.
It is a card of the case closed; let the healing begin.
It is no accident that this card is followed by the world card in the Rider Waite deck. Because it brings word of a final and ultimate conclusion and you can step into a whole new paradigm once this is resolved.
It is also a card indicating that you will be rewarded for ‘keeping the faith.’
Judgment – Reversed Meaning
This is a message that the journey is not over yet and you have not yet created your final masterpiece.
There is still work to be done and you have to have faith in the overall plan.
It also may be a message that you have judged yourself unworthy and cut yourself off from your highest calling and the blessing it brings
This is a reminder to find a way to love yourself more and believe in your ability to overcome and endure.
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