A description and interpretation of the role of Judgment in the Tarot
In a nutshell...
Judgment, the 20th major arcana in the Tarot, is one of those cards that is particularly difficult to analyze individually, its message being likely to change according to the other cards in the draw.
The card features an angel in the sky who is using a trumpet to communicate with 3 terrestrial beings. Which, of course, immediately brings to mind the image of the angel of the Last Judgment. This transmission of the celestial word is about the emergence of a new cycle or, more colorfully, about leaving the tomb to experience spiritual resurrection. The choice of the instrument is not accidental: the trumpet is particularly loud, so it's difficult to ignore its message!
All 3 of the terrestrial beings seem receptive to the angel's communication. And for this reason they are represented totally naked, a sign of their purity and their desire for rebirth. Their blue hair is further confirmation of their openness to this divine message.
You should also note the swirls of cloud surrounding the angel, which reflect how suddenly it appeared and how completely unexpected it was. The red and yellow rays surrounding the angel refer to its spirituality and dynamism. Buoyed by the wind, the flag symbolizes the spirit. It is also an emblem of belonging and a rallying point.
After sound judgment, the rarest things in the world are diamonds and pearls.
from an emotional viewpoint
In the romantic sphere, Judgment often announces a favorable period, which may be concretized by a shocking and unexpected meeting, but also by the healing of old emotional scars. The arcana can also sometimes be associated with the return of a loved one. In any case, Judgment often goes hand in hand with a questioning of the seeker's emotional patterns and they can, therefore, expect the unexpected.
from a career viewpoint
The same logic of upheaval will apply in the seeker's professional world. In fact, Judgment can be favorable for professional retraining, job changes and new departures. The period is therefore ideal for anyone who wants to extricate themselves from their existing work routine and take advantage of new career opportunities. New initiatives are also particularly highlighted.
from a life path viewpoint
The arcana of Judgment invites you to open your arms to changes of all kinds and to embrace their consequences. Although the unexpected can sometimes be scary, it is also often good news. Life being cyclical by nature, you'll need to adapt to these new situations and recognize the fundamentally positive character of these transformations. They could reveal facets of your personality that you didn't know you had! And to your great pleasure, as well!
In the short term, Judgment shows your need to change direction. You will need to become aware of the imperfect nature of your current situation and define new priorities. Some self-examination will ensure that they are consistent with the value system in which you would like to continue to develop.
In the long term, Judgment invites you to take a step back and teaches you to appreciate the benefits of the unexpected. Upheavals are inevitably part of your life path. It is therefore a question of not being afraid of them and of being active when you are faced with them. Instead of simply suffering through them, why not take advantage of them?
Interpretation of Judgment upright
In the traditional analysis, when Judgment is drawn upright it is most often associated with the idea of change and upheaval, but in a much gentler and more peaceful way than the transformations induced by The Devil, for example. In fact, you should look at this card as a great tool for helping you to question things. With this card, there's no longer any question of just letting things be and wallowing in a daily life that is definitely reassuring but also completely predictable. Instead, Judgment encourages you to take time to think deeply and look at your situation as it really is. This internal examination is beneficial in the short term as well as in the long term. It will enable the seeker to get a better understanding of how they think, to spotlight the values they want to uphold, and to set new goals, perhaps more in keeping with their current vision of life.
More concretely, Judgment promotes decision-making and reminds you of the necessity of changing course when the need arises. The frantic pace imposed by society often forces people to lock themselves into a predefined life pattern. So, it will be necessary to ask the right questions and to determine if your life pattern is really meaningful today. If this is not the case, you will need to take note and accept change.
Interpretation of Judgment reversed
When Judgment is drawn upside down, the card indicates some form of stubbornness on the part of the seeker, which may prove to be particularly harmful if no awareness of it follows. Fortunately, there are solutions so that such a situation doesn't last too long.
From a general point of view, Judgment reversed manifests a deep fear of change, often inherent to the seeker's difficulties with self-examination. The seeker then often suffers in silence, without being able to determine the causes of their problem. So it will be essential to take the time they need to understand these difficulties. The blockage may come from past wounds that haven't healed properly, values that no longer hold true or an almost panic-stricken fear of failure. In any case, remember that self-examination is often the first step towards well-being.