In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about Judgement Tarot Archetype.

Judgement Tarot Card Meaning

Part of the tarot archetypes, Judgement is the twentieth trump, or Major Arcana, card in most Tarot decks.

Checkout this detailed breakdown of the meaning of the Judgement tarot card.

Upright Meanings

The Judgement Tarot card indicates unfair judgement by others of the recipient or someone they love, or that the recipient is doing the unfair judging.

Judgement also indicated achievement of the ability to calmly evaluate oneself and one’s life choices in order to inform positive decision making.

Past karmic lessons have improved self-awareness and created healing, allowing the recipient to move forward.

Judgement upright can signify a legal matter or court case coming to resolution in the recipient’s favour if their actions have been honest and honourable or the opposite if not, in which case they need to make amends.

Judgement can also signify being separated from a loved one by water e.g. ocean, with reunion imminent, and homesickness.

Judgement signifies spiritual awakening, with past karmic lessons learned and a good understanding of how the universe is guiding you making you ready for a more enlightened spiritual path.

The recipient’s spiritual calling has been found or spiritual renewal is imminent.

​Judgement indicates partners judging each other too harshly and caution is needed in apportioning blame when arguing as this can damage the relationship. An open and honest discussion and forgiveness of past mistakes is needed to move forward.

The card also suggests others are judging the relationship and the need to rise above this. Judgement can signify living in separate countries from a partner for a while.

If single, judgement warns not to judge potential partners hastily, and to be mindful of the first impression you create with others.

​Judgement can indicate career assessment or evaluation by others, e.g. being up for promotion and unaware of it. Be careful about how you present yourself and don’t let your work slack as you may be being watched.

Financially, be cautious and make informed decisions about big purchases or investments. Judgement can indicate a loss in a lawsuit so make sure any insurance is up to date and don’t be negligent in your actions.

​Judgement signifies recovery from illness and learning from past health related mistakes.

Reversed Meanings

The Judgement Tarot card reversed can signify fear and self-doubt preventing you from moving forward by making positive decisions. Take action now rather than risk losing opportunities.

It can also be a sign of refusal to learn the karmic lessons of the past or self-rapprochement for mistakes preventing this from happening.

Judgement reversed also suggests being overly critical of others in order to deflect focus from oneself – put the focus back on yourself rather than judging others.

Others may also be overly judgemental of you or incorrectly place blame on you, but focus on yourself and rise above this. Judgement reversed may indicate unjust resolution of a legal matter.

Judgement reversed indicates avoidance of decision making about a relationship due to self-doubt but the decision must be made.

Problems may exist in the relationship because of a failure to learn from the past – make sure if you go through a rough patch you learn all it’s lessons.

Also indicative of malicious gossip or false accusations, don’t rush to judgement if you hear these about your partner – ensure you establish the facts first.

If single, Judgement reversed indicates shyness or embarrassment may be stopping you from meeting potential partners but you should not let this hold you back.​

​Judgement reversed indicates a make or break career turning point but indecisiveness created by self-doubt. The recipient may regret not seizing the opportunities given to them.

Financially it is important not to be too cautious as long as one is financially responsible – allow yourself to enjoy your wealth!

​Judgement indicates long-term health problems may be helped by letting go of old negativity, especially if it relates to a person who caused the injury or illness. Negativity will hinder recovery.

Judgement Keywords

  • Judgement
  • Self-evaluation
  • Awakening
  • Renewal
  • Composure
  • Decisiveness
  • Homesickness
  • Snap judgements
  • Apportioning blame
  • Forgiveness
  • Indecisiveness,
  • Self-doubt
  • Malicious gossip
  • Lack of self-awareness
  • Unwillingness to learn karmic lessons
  • Unfair blame
  • False accusations

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