Card Meaning: XX  JUDGEMENT

the Judgement
Element: Fire
Planet: Pluto
Hebrew letter: Shin, ש


  All the cards until this point are describing our individual path and aspects of our personal growth. This card transcedents individuality and puts in  perspective us as a conscious collective. This is the first card where we can see a group of people united in the same action. What does it mean in this context? The Judgement is showing us that our individual path has symbolically ended with The Sun, and now, all human souls, together, are making this last step towards The World. This is not the uncommon concept in many world religions and spiritual teachings. To be more specific, this scene is clearly from Christian Ressurection, The Last judgement. In modern days old teachings and modern quantum physics are in solid agreement about us flowing in the vast sea of consciousness. Is it only by chance that there is a vast body of water on this card? The usual motif that is coming together with this card is a motif of death and ressurection, showing us that as soon as we start to approach The Infinity, individual boundries start to break, bringing to ego momentary sense of death, just to be followed by sense of the new, broader sense of reality, ressurection. On more subconscious level it is about integration of all facets of ourselves. We must integrate our past and present, our dark side and our good side in one whole, our goal here is to be One and see that all our experiences are within our grasp, they live inside us, not outside. This is another card of transition, in some aspects very similar to The Tower, but the main difference is its destructionless transformational nature, this transformation is through transmutation and integration.


   In the Jean Noblet Tarot there are only three persons on the card, a man, a woman and a child. The child is in the coffin alike box while the man and the woman are standing beside, praying. Above in the cloud there is an angel blowing the trumphet. There are sparks falling down from the sky. Other decks have the similar motifs.


    This card is trying to tell us that we are about to live through some serious change in our lives, that we must make some serious decisions, usually kind of change and decisions that we fear the most. If we embrace the change with the courage and vision we will profit, if we procrastinate and fear the change we may even be ok, but only for a while beacuse that path will lead us again at some other time on that same place, usually in even worse company. We must understand that the fear is the greatest enemy of the change. 

angel, divine law, ressurection

   In the forefront of the picture we see a man, a woman and a child. They represent consciousness, subconsciousness and their child, personality. They are standing in the coffins. Coffins closed are full of darkness, symbolizing lack of knowledge, but opened they are filled with light, thus showing us that  ressurection brings understanding about one's deeds. The adults are in rectangular coffins but the child is in the square coffin, square is a symbol of justice and order. But coffins here also symbolizes the limitation of the material world that is now being desintegrated by the power of the ressurection. They seem to be on a sea or some other body of water, it is reminiscence of the river that begins from the dress of The High Priestess and now finally ends here. Also, the mountains in the distance seems to be the same mountains as in The Fool card. Up in the sky there is an angel, probably Gabriel blowing in the trumphet. This we can connect with the importance of the esoteric Life Breath to ressurect the dead. There is a cross on the flag that represents measurement and reason. Correct judgement depends upon the reason and measure. The angel is in the cloud, the cloud symbolizes material illusion that surrounds The True Self - the angel. We can also notice that people are of grayish complexion indicating that they overcame the opposites.

I have said that this symbol is essentially invariable in all Tarot sets, or at least the variations do not alter its character. The great angel is here encompassed by clouds, but he blows his bannered trumpet, and the cross as usual is displayed on the banner. The dead are rising from their tombs--a woman on the right, a man on the left hand, and between them their child, whose back is turned. But in this card there are more than three who are restored, and it has been thought worth while to make this variation as illustrating the insufficiency of current explanations. It should be noted that all the figures are as one in the wonder, adoration and ecstacy expressed by their attitudes. It is the card which registers the accomplishment of the great work of transformation in answer to the summons of the Supernal--which summons is heard and answered from within.

Herein is the intimation of a significance which cannot well be carried further in the present place. What is that within us which does sound a trumpet and all that is lower in our nature rises in response--almost in a moment, almost in the twinkling of an eye? 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.

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, by A.E. Waite

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