Sunday, May 26, 2024

Judgement – Meanings & Interpretation – Major Arcana

Judgement Meaning In A Tarot Reading

You have gone through all your trials and had your moment in the sun. At this point, it is time for the final judgement. Your conviction is solidified, and you know what you believe.

There are no hard questions anymore, just simple assessments and complete answers. When you’ve found your heart’s philosophy and truth, this is when Judgment will enter your life. At this point, the future is built on the absolutes of your truth.

Read on to know more about what this Judgement tarot card of the Rider Waite deck means in both the upright and reversed positions.


Judgement Tarot Card Meanings – Upright


There is little as affirming as knowing yourself and knowing the truths your soul lives by. It allows you to stand in a place of making decisions from the point of absolute conviction. This represents not a conviction of ‘I think’ but a well-reasoned origin of ‘I know.

judgement uprightPast Events:

You were in a scary place for a while, not knowing exactly what it was you believed or what was true, but you came through that, and now you have no questions. The past isn’t a strange country anymore, but a place you can see clearly in the light of day. The situation called for you to call your horn to challenge those who would dismiss you, and sound you did!


Present Events:

Ambiguity is gone, fear is gone, and uncertainty is gone. At this moment, you stand high upon the pedestal of absolute knowledge of your truth. It is time to sound it, loud and clear, and to do so without fear. Those who have stood against you no longer matter; all that matters is your newfound knowledge of who you are.

Future Events:

Coming down the path is a day where you will find it necessary to sound your truth. If you are not certain what that is yet, it will come soon. In the meantime, prepare to stand up for who you are and what you believe. When this time comes, you will survive under this certainty, don’t flinch!


Judgement Tarot Card Meanings – Reversed


There is a dark side to absolute certainty, to a belief that we know our inner truth, know THE truth. And that dark side is where we are blinded to the truth of a situation by our conviction. These are the circumstances that this tarot card indicates, that you are blinded by your own ‘truth’ to what the actual truth is.

judgement reversedPast Events:

You encountered a situation in the recent past that placed you in a most unenviable situation. This card appearing is either a notification that you were wrong or that your current position has you eating a fair amount of crow. Be prepared to revisit the situation and clarify your vision of it.


Present Events:

You’re certain, but you’re certainly mistaken. Your position on the situation you are currently embroiled in has left you entrenched in an immovable position. It’s time to start listening to those around you. You have blinded yourself to a truth that is evident even to you—time to accept that fact.

Future Events:

Coming down the path ahead of you is a time when you will be faced with someone who has absolute certainty in their beliefs. It won’t be easy to persuade them to open their eyes, to be amicable and willing to work. When they arrive, they will be inflexible, and they will be an obstacle you have to surmount. Be warned.

Associated Colors:

Black for healthy pride and grounding in your truth

Meditation For Judgment – Upright

This tarot meditation on the upright Judgement card will focus on inner truth, our absolute pure self, and conviction. We often pass through times in our lives when we find ourselves questioning our inner truth. This card represents the moment when that passes. We have finally gotten to where we can stand on our beliefs and ourselves, knowing who and what we are.

As you lay out the meditation area, allow this feeling of conviction to fill you, and immerse yourself in it. There is no need for aggression, no need for anger. Your truth is your truth and no longer needs defending. You ‘are.’

As you slip into the meditation, you find yourself in a room, black except for a single TV currently tuned to static.

The static clarifies into a series of commercials, each of them, in turn, telling you who you are, what you need, and what you need to be happy. You sit smiling, laughing at them as they go by.

You used to believe these things that yogurt would make you content and happy. A type of cigarette makes you cool. They spoke to you every day, saying what you needed to be whole, what would make you a complete person.

How you ever believed them is beyond you. You turn off the TV and pick up a book on religion. Not spirituality, but religion. You smile on the days before you knew the difference when you felt that someone else had to dictate to you a moral standard of right and wrong.

Tarot Meditation Techniques For Judgement Upright Card

What your soul needed to be whole, complete, and in the ‘right’ with the universal powers. Now you know that it is your connection with the Universe that matters, your place, and your truth.

The stories were valid, but so many wanted to use them to control. Entire industries were built on the back of making others believe that their leaders knew their hearts and souls better than themselves. You’re free of that now. You know that your truth is the one you’ve found. No questions, no uncertainty. Your truth is your own.

You stand from your chair and through the darkroom, leaving the TV behind to whisper its poison to those who still need that support, still need that teat.

You’re free of it and all other propaganda now, and what a relief to have that burden off your back. You throw open the door to the sun, and the world outside, and with the sword of your conviction in hand, step out to face it, at last, whole, and you.

Associated Colors:

Black for the blinding of dark, the wool over your eyes

Meditation For The Judgement – Reversed

Sometimes we get a stick up our respective backsides. We are so absolutely convinced of what we believe to be true that we cannot see any other way. This is the ugly side of conviction, the loss of the ability to see the world through any lens but our own shown by the tarot meditation on the reversed Judgement card. Often this is entered into as a form of self-defense, especially if we have been gaslighted by someone before.


There is a subtle difference between not needing anyone else to validate our beliefs, to absolute knowledge of our inner-self, and not being able to hear anyone else speak a truth that doesn’t match ours and the immediate assumption that they are both wrong and the enemy.

Within our meditation today, we will take with us feelings of fear, anger, and conviction that the world is out to get you and that it is only possible for your truth to be the truth.

As you slip into this meditation, you will find yourself standing on a street corner proselytizing your truth. The world must know, and you alone can save them!

The ugly side of conviction, the loss of the ability to see the world through any lens but our own is shown by the tarot meditation on the reversed Judgement card.After all, you know the ultimate truth, it has been revealed to you, and the rest of these people are poor lost fools. But that is why you’re here, to help them. After all, with all your years of experience, you know the truth much better than these young folks.

Occasionally you’ll get one that will stop to try to talk with you, talking to you and listening to your responses. Many of them take your hand thank you enthusiastically, and go on to do what you suggested.

Tarot Meditation Techniques For Judgement Reversed Card

Wise children those, respectful of your greater knowledge and experience. Those who come back saying that what you told them didn’t work are either lying or misunderstood your message. After all! It worked for you!

Then there are the others, the ones who will stop and talk to you, listening carefully to what you have to say and responding in thoughtful, reasoning tones. You appreciate these as they give you someone to sharpen your foil against.

They are so often convinced that your ways are wrong, and their arguments are often quite persuasive. Sometimes you even start to question yourself.

Tarot Meditation

But then your absolute knowledge kicks in, and you know that you can’t let in those who would mislead you or those who think they know the way, why your way has worked for you for years! I kept you safe, kept you protected! You can’t possibly try anything else, not when you know what works.

Let us fade back from this one, watching them from above and seeing the well-created around them. They have driven away all those who know them, leaving only sycophants and the occasional person who wanders within reach, not knowing that they will soon have this person’s convictions foisted upon them.

Coming out of the meditation, ask yourself. What do you think of this person, are they familiar, do you know others like them, or recognize them in yourself? Think carefully about the lessons inherent in this tarot meditation, and record them in your journal for later consideration.

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