The Judgment card has a big message for you. You can no longer hide or ignore the truths of your life. It’s not possible to pretend any more. You see clearly.
You know exactly what your passions, desires, and values are. You know your place in the world and how you can best serve. And with this information, you can’t stay stuck. You have no choice but to remove everything that no longer fits with who you are and move into living the life you were meant to live.
This card is a huge wakeup call for renewal and transformation. In traditional RW-based tarot decks, the Judgment tarot card shows the archangel Gabriel blowing on his horn, calling the dead out of their coffins. They rise up to him with their arms outstretched.
It’s kind of creepy to see all the dead people, but this card isn’t about “The Judgment” or “The Rapture” in the traditional religious sense. In fact, the message of this card is completely universal. You see the greater purpose in your life and have learned through all the mistakes you’ve made. It’s time to move on and move forward. You are being called toward something bigger.
In The Fool’s journey through the Major Arcana, this card begins to outline the lessons for your next cycle. Life is a constant cycle of learning and transformation. You’ve completely learned the previous lessons you needed to learn. Now it is about stepping up to live as a wiser, more powerful, and more whole version of yourself.
Keywords for the Judgment Tarot Card
- A big wakeup call
- Take action on your truth
- A new day starts
- A final decision or sentencing
Keywords for the Judgment Card Reversed
- Denial or ignorance
- An error in judgment
- Being judged unfairly
Patterns and Correspondences of the Judgment Card
- Major Arcana = your life’s journey of growth and transformation
- Zodiac sign = Scorpio
- Planet = Pluto
- Element = Fire
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The Judgment Tarot Card Meanings for Love
Something isn’t working and you can’t pretend anymore.
If you are looking for new love, your tactics and efforts have been weak and ineffective. You can do better. Toot your own horn and get out there!
If you are in a relationship, you need to do an internal review and assess whether you are working together as partners or are on different paths.
Anticipate a wakeup call and a fresh start. There is no room for the same-old-thing anymore. And frankly, you don’t want it anyway. You’ve grown and aren’t willing to put up with a partner who isn’t growing as well.
The Judgment Tarot Card Meanings for Work
You are being called to something bigger. You have a bigger purpose in life than what you have been doing.
Dig deep to find your true passions, desires, values, and talents. Once you know your truth, you can no longer live any other way.
This card can indicate a change in position or a new start.
You may be promoted, let go, or fired from your current position. If that happens, it’s definitely for the best.
Consider this situation a wake-up call to take charge of your career. You don’t need another just-paying-the-bills job. It’s time to devote yourself to the work you are being called to do.
The Judgment Tarot Card Meanings for Health
If you’ve been lying to yourself (or others) about your health situation, come clean and get honest.
You are done with shame, embarrassment, and fear. You don’t have time for them anymore. You’re too focused on healing yourself with compassion, integrity, and faith.
You know things will change for the better, but only when you change.
Every bit of extra time, focus, and energy is now devoted to healing your body, your mind, and your soul. It’s the only thing that matters.
The Judgment Tarot Card Meanings for Money and Finances
The Judgment card sometimes anticipates a loss through a lawsuit, or a final decision or sentencing. Do an internal audit of your finances to see if you are in danger of losing money through bad investments, debts, or past mistakes.
Come clean and clear up your mess before it catches up with you. Take control, be humble, and do the work to regain the trust you’ve lost.
If you’ve been spending more than you’d like, the pattern can’t continue. There is only one way to get out of debt and it requires you to stop spending more than you are earning. You need to face this fact and align your choices with reality.
Pretending things will work out somehow isn’t a plan. Neither is avoidance, denial, or blame. Take charge of your own mess and clean it up yourself. No one can do this for you.
The Judgment Tarot Card Meanings for Spiritual Guidance
You are being called to something bigger. Much, much, much bigger.
The Judgment card, at least in the traditional RW-based tarot deck, has strong religious vibes, but it doesn’t mean you are being called to a specific religion. It doesn’t mean you are going to be “judged” or “condemned” because of your beliefs (or lack of them), either.
Instead, it’s about being called to step up into your own power. You know your deepest truth and you must follow it.
In the past, you could have ignored this calling. Not any more. It isn’t possible for you to pretend, hide, or live in denial any longer.
Now, you are completely unwilling to live your life as a lie. It just isn’t possible. The only option for you is to live your life aligned with your truth, damn the consequences.
You aren’t afraid (much) and you are 100% willing to take responsibility for this decision. It’s full-speed-ahead into your new life!
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