Card by Card – Judgement

Radiant Rider-Waite Judgement

If you missed the last Card by Card post on the Ace of Swords, you can read about it here.

Once again, I’ll be taking a look at several variations from different decks and gathering that particular Author and/or Artists thoughts and perspectives.

Judgement is the randomly drawn COTW-card of the week.   What does it mean when you receive this card in a one card daily drawing or it turns up in a spread?

The first Judgement card we will be looking at is from the Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 2003.

“The Last Judgement”  Let the card continue to depict, for those who can see no further, the Last Judgment and the resurrection in the natural body; but let those who have inward eyes look and discover therewith.  They will understand that it has been called truly in the past a card of eternal life, and for this reason it may be compared with that which passes under the name of Temperance.  ~Arthur Edward Waite – The Pictorial Key to the Tarot.

As you read through this posting and you will notice that there are two spellings (Judgment & Judgement) that are widely accepted for Card XX – both are correct.  The card Judgement is sometimes referred to as Awakening, Aeon, and Rebirth, depending on the deck you are using it may even have another name.  Keywords usually associated with the Judgement card:  Inspiration of one’s highest self.  Re-awakening.   An awakening to something you had not seen before.  A sense of new life.  Coming to a crossroads concerning a higher purpose beyond yourself.  Repentance, apology, a rite of passage.  Resurrection, self evaluation.  Answer the call.  Guilt and forgiveness.

Tarot, Your Everyday Guide author Janina Renee describes the Judgment card:

     “Judgment is a card about awakening to a Higher Consciousness, a state of awareness that allows us to recognize that we are truly spiritual beings within interpenetrating worlds of spirit.  It is also about the states of grace and evolution for which humans may strive.  Its illustration depicts people arising from the dead at the trumpet call of an angel.  The angel is often identified with the individual’s Higher Self, indicating the need for us as individuals to bring ourselves in line with higher purposes in order to achieve profound personal transformation.”

This first pair are titled Rebirth.  On the left is The Druid Craft Tarot by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gromm and Will Worthington (St. Martin’s Press 2004) & The Sacred Circle Tarot by Anna Franklin & Paul Mason (Llewellyn Publications 2003)

Judgement - Rebirth Sacred Circle Tarot and The Druid Craft Tarot.

The Druid Craft:  Following a call; New direction; Renewal; Transformation; Decision-making.  You hear the call and awaken to the new light of day.  The Power of the Call.  Finding this card in a reading might suggest that you have heard the call of your vocation, your mission in life, the spiritual path you are seeking, or simply the call of a new direction you need to take.  You have entered the darkness and drunk of the cup of silence.  You have chosen life and emerge reborn.

Sacred Circle Tarot:  At this point in time, your past actions are shaping your present and you will be rewarded or punished accordingly.  When this card appears, it indicates that some experience will impel you to review your past in an attempt to discern the pattern of your life and the choices you made to bring you to your present point.   On a spiritual level, this card heralds a profound change in your consciousness.  Your insight reveals that the person you are now is the result of past actions and choices.

The next pair are from the Old English Tarot by Maggie Kneen (U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 1997) & The Bohemian Gothic Tarot second edition by Karen Mahoney and Alex Ukolov  (Magic Realist Press, 2010)

Judgement - Old English Tarot & The Bohemian Gothic Tarot

Old English Tarot:  Now is the moment to atone and account for the manner in which we have used our opportunities.  Examine behavior; is it fair and kind?  Ask for forgiveness from both yourself and others.  Legal matters and jusgements are also at issue.

The Bohemian Gothic Tarot:  A fresh beginning.  A sense of rebirth and new promise.  Leaving past mistakes behind, having a second change.  Starting a whole new way of life.

The last set to compare are from the Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti (Llewellyn Publications 2009) & the Pearls of Wisdom Tarot-second edition- by Roxi Sim (7th House Publishing 2008)

Judgement - Legacy of the Divine Tarot & Pearls of Wisdom Tarot

Legacy of the Divine:  The journey is nearing its end.  The Sun’s light literally reveals the last steps to be taken.  The Fool has faced challenges at various states along the way, and he overcame them, demons and fears alike.  His wounds are healing.  But out of sight isn’t always out of mind.  For the final closure, sometimes the past must be not just hidden or forgotten, bur resurrected and faced once more.  It must be confronted and judged before finally being defeated.  This will bring final closure and allow for a true rebirth.

Pearls of Wisdom Tarot:  Judgement speaks to a new beginning once the past is identified, confronted, and owned (thoroughly integrated into the personality).  Awaken to higher consciousness by facing past conditioning and transcending it.  Wake up!  The situation speaks to a fiery initiation and period of growth if you are willing and able to identify and release the psychological toxins associated with your conditioning.

Author Anna Burroughs Cook - Tarot Dynamics Unleashed – describes the Major Arcana as Spiritual Karma.  All Major Arcana cards test, reward, and replenish your strength of character.  On the subject of Card 20 – Judgment:

      “Judgment leads us to question the wisdom of continuing or beginning a certain course of action or behavior.  Certain issues that you thought you’d resolved, as well as some you’ve been avoiding, will be resurfacing.  With Card 20m the more you think you know what you’re going to do and where you’re going to go, the more likely you’ll soon change your mind and direction.” 

     “At your best, the more in tune you are with yourself the easier you can rely on your own logic and rationality to arrive at the best decisions, despite outside pressure from others’ opinions and suggestions.  Your “patience” is about to be tested.”

Please join me over the next week as I’ll be looking at Judgement more in depth and combined with a new COTD each day.  Stop over to the New Paths Tarot -Facebook page and get in the discussion!

I hope this has shed some new light and understanding on XX Judgement!

Until next time, Happy Tarot’ing and May Your Journey be an Enchanted one.

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