Judgment: acceptance, maturity, rite of passage, transitions, reviewing
Key Words: Faith, Honesty, Judgment, Resurrection, Transformation, Heeding a Call

For many, the word “judgment” evokes some very unsavory thoughts and images. It’s no wonder the term makes some people cringe. For eons this term has been associated with religious misunderstanding and intolerance. Wars are waged in the name of religion, and Judgement is the battlefield.

Judgement is a card of drastic change, review and release.  With a particular phase in your life coming to an end, now is the time to look objectively at your life and the circumstances surrounding it.  It which ways did you find success? Where was it that your failed or dropped the ball?  What lessons did you learn because of it?  Life does not stand still. Change is the only constant in life.  How are you ready for it?  Pay attention to your big ideas. These are NOT impossible dreams!

The Judg(e)ment card comes up in a reading when it is time to heed our highest calling. When we are at a crossroads, and it is time to lift ourselves us and transform our lives. It comes at a pivotal time when we must be honest with ourselves, judge what best action should be taken and rise up to the challenges to embrace our best life. This is an inspiring card. It indicates that higher energies are in motion to assist us in living a new, fresh, wonderful life. Just as the Christ was resurrected to a new phase of life, so too can we transform ourselves and move into a new way of living. (1), (2), (4)

Key Symbols:

Angel: represents our guardian and guide. They represent divine messages. They may come in dreams, as another person or in symbols. Angels guide and care for us. Their message is for our highest good.

Cloud: represent thoughts. If the clouds are white, they symbolize clear thought or a sudden realization. Grey clouds represent confusion or that emotions are getting in the way of you thinking clearly.

Cross: The ancient Greeks created this symbol with all legs of equal length and size. One of the simplest symbols, and used since ancient times, it represents several things to different cultures. In ancient Greece it is an emblem of the four elements. In the ancient Middle East, the symbol represents the four directions (north, south, east, west) and the four winds. Even the ancient Aztecs used this symbol to represent the meeting place of god (at the cross-section). The cross in this card indicates that an even-mind (sound judgment) is of foremost importance in our personal development.

Flag: represent the arrival or the announcement of something non-material.

Mountains: as well as hills, represent challenges that will lead us to growth, once we over come that mountain (or mole hill). The steepness and size of the mountain indicates the challenge or degree of risk involved.

Nudity: is a symbol of being open or exposed. It also represents your degree of receptiveness. It can also represent sexuality.

Trumpet: The horn is the symbol of the angel Gabriel. It is an audible calling to us to rise out of our complacency and heed the call to live profound, invigorating lives. The horn is also a symbol of clarity and divine intervention. The horn sounds from God and our own higher selves. When we hear the horn blow it is time to make a better change in our lives. The horn is also a symbol of our inner calling. When we’ve been stuck in a situation that does not serve us we hear the horn of our inner voice urging us to move in a direction more fulfilling to our soul purpose.

 Key Questions:
When the Star Tarot comes up:

What is my highest calling?
Is it time for a transformation in my life
Am I judging others or myself too harshly?
How can I raise myself out of a gloomy situation?
Am I being honest about the way I’m living my life?
Am I listening to to my higher self and my higher power?
Am I making sound judgment in this a situation that’s been on my mind lately?

Major Arcana
Chakra: Third Eye Chakra, Crown Chakra
I Ching: Fu
Runes: Fehu, Raido, Sowilo
Number 20 (see number 2)
Element: Fire
Planet: Pluto
Rules: Pisces
Colors: Blue, Grey
Crystal: Fluorite, Malachite

Characteristics: Powerful, changeable, compulsive, ruthless. Renewal, awakening, better health and life, healthy mind. Judgment is the call for truth and a promise to yourself to maintain a born again consciousness. It is a card of awakening and self-realization.


1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbol
2. https://www.whats-your-sign.com
4. Rider Waite Centennial Edition

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