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Judgement Meaning - Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

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Judgement Keywords

Upright Keywords Reversed Keywords
self-evaluation, awakening, renewal, purpose, reflection, reckoning self-doubt, lack of self-awareness, failure to learn lessons, self-loathing
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Judgement Meaning - Original Rider Waite Tarot Depiction

Judgement Tarot Card Description

This card depicts what one would imagine the last judgment would be, in the various forms that takes in many mythologies. The image in the Judgement card shows women, men, and children who are rising from the grave to respond to Gabriel’s trumpet call. Their outstretched arms symbolize that they are ready to be judged by the universe. They are about to meet their creator, their actions weighed, and find out where they will spend the remainder of eternity: in heaven or in hell. The massive tidal wave in the background signify that judgement is unavoidable, and that this judgement will be final.


Judgement is ruled by Pluto, who is the underworld’s ruler. There are echoes of this card in Death, for they both remind us that everything comes to an end and that a new beginning is coming.

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Upright Judgement Meaning

The traditional Judgement meaning focuses on the moment when we reflect and evaluate ourselves and our actions. It is through self-reflection that we can have a clearer and objective understanding about where we are now, and what we need to do in order to grow as humans. The Judgement card appearing in a reading signifies that you are coming close to this significant point in your life where you must start to evaluate yourself. 

To see this card can also indicate that you are in a period of awakening, brought on by the act of self-reflection. You now have a clearer idea of what you need to change and how you need to be true yourself and your needs. This can mean making small changes to your daily life or making huge changes that not only affect you but the people close to you.

To see this card can also indicate that you are in a period of awakening, brought on by the act of self-reflection. 

The Judgement card reminds us that we all will be faced with choices that will have an astounding effect for your entire life. The card brings to mind moments where actions you have taken have changed the course of your path for good. There may have been a moment where there is no looking back. The consequences of those actions eventually will catch up to you, and this card seems to indicate that this is the time. You may have to let go of the past, so you can move forward with your plans to have a new life. 

Upright Love Meaning Upright Career Meaning Upright Finances Meaning
renewal of love, making adjustments in relationship finding career purpose, accountability at work reflecting on financial habits, reflecting on your values

Upright Judgement Tarot Love Meaning

Now is the time to take a closer look at your love life and figure out what needs to be changed. The Judgement tarot love meaning indicates a time of self-reflection and analysis initiated by an awakening. Issues in your love life that you once ignored may be seen clearly now, and you have the chance to make adjustments. Keep communication with your partner open, and make sure both of you are aware of each other’s needs. Small changes that the two of you make together can have a great effect on your relationship. Your past actions and their consequences, whether good or bad, are catching up with you now. If you’ve made mistakes in the past, use the lessons you’ve learned to make changes for your future.

Career Meaning - Upright Judgement

You may be going through a period of awakening when it comes to your career path. Perhaps you have found a new purpose or a calling that cannot be ignored. This can sometimes come with adjustments needing to be made at your workplace or your position. While this can be stressful, these changes can bring you a sense of feeling revitalized when it comes to your work. If your workplace has been tense, the Judgement card also signals that you may need to be more aware about how your actions at your workplace are affecting others. Take some time to evaluate how your behavior has been, and what can be improved. Take responsibility for your actions and your part in any conflicts that have been brewing. 

Finances Meaning - Upright Judgement

You may have to go through a period of self-reflection when it comes to your relationship with money. Sometimes this means evaluating whether your financial habits have been hindering your material situation, as well as making the changes necessary to do better. Are you someone that consistently purchases things they can’t afford? Or do you always feel lacking, even as your financial situation improves? New ways of thinking about your resources can come now, that give you the chance to make positive improvements.

Reversed Judgement Meaning

The reversed Judgement card can mean that you doubt and judge yourself too harshly. This could be causing you to miss opportunities that were awaiting you. The lost momentum causes you to fall behind in your plans, which can make it difficult to move forward. This means that you should not be cautious, but you should be moving forward with pride and confidence.

Another reading of the Judgement reversal card can be a push to take time out of your busy routine to reflect upon your life to this point, and what you have learned so far. You are most likely not giving yourself the time or space to fully think about the matter and learn the lessons you need to to be able to progress with awareness. You could also be too critical of your past actions, so you are not giving yourself the forgiveness to move forward. The mistakes that we have made in the past are learning tools, so they help us move though life. Focusing too hard on these mistakes can cause us to trip and fall.

Reversed Love Meaning Reversed Career Meaning Reversed Finances Meaning
blaming your partner, denial about love life self-doubt at work, failure to take responsibility for mistakes failure to learn financial lessons, too self-denying

Reversed Judgement Tarot Love Meaning

Ensure that your criticisms about your partner right now are fair before you make them. There is likely something that you are unhappy about, but the reversed Judgement tarot love meaning can signal that some compromise and moderation is needed.

On the other hand, this card can also signal that you need to open your eyes to your romantic situation and see it more clearly. Have you been in denial about something? Are you happy in your relationship? Is there something missing? Are there attitudes you have to love that you have been blind to but are deeply affecting your approach to dating? This card is asking you to see yourself and your relationships with honesty. Facing the truth can also free you.

Career Meaning - Reversed Judgement

Perhaps you have been too harsh on yourself lately. If you’ve made mistakes at work, you may find that it is hard to let those feelings of disappointment with yourself go, instead of making amends and moving on. You may be left with a lingering sense of doubt about your own abilities. Alternatively, this card can signal that you are unable to take responsibility for your own actions, and not learning the lessons you need to in order to take the next steps in your career. Your lack of awareness when it comes to handling yourself may be grating on colleagues. Have you been doing all that you can when it comes to your work projects? Have you communicated well? Or do you always shift the blame to others? 

Finances Meaning - Reversed Judgement

If you’ve gone through a financial setback lately, you may be rather harsh on yourself right now. It is important to learn your lessons when it comes to making responsible choices, but it is also helpful for you to be kind to yourself, so that you can remain motivated. On the other hand, the reversed Judgement card suggests that you may find yourself falling into the same patterns when it comes to financial decisions. Be aware of which side of the spectrum you’re falling on.

Judgement Meaning Tarot Cheat Sheet

Judgement Meaning - Tarot Card Meanings Cheat Sheet

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