Description: With his trumpet, the Archangel has resurrected the dead and freed man from its limitations. In this way man is able to see and judge clearly. They are able to observe themselves and the various situations in which they are reasonably and objectively involved. The card shows the angel hovering in the clouds and people are seen standing naked in their chests with outstretched or praying hands.
They seem to be happy about their liberation – The gray open graves of men refer to a life without meaning and understanding. The coffins are in a bluish landscape, and you can see snow-capped mountains in the distance. The cross in the flag symbolizes the unification of what was previously separated, and the center point of the flag indicates that the path to spiritual growth goes through the unification of opposites. The Archangel has both been identified with Gabriel and Michael.
Interpretation: The Judgment symbolizes rebirth and the resurrection of a new life. You will find that you need to assess past events. Take time to summarize and conclude on actions you have done or situations you have been involved in. An old life is consummated, a new one awaits. This life can be both a physical life eg. after a divorce, but it can also be a mental life, for example, you have completely changed your mind in a deeper case.
You will probably have to receive rewards for something and pay a fine for something else. Depending on how you acted or acted, there are consequences to your choices and actions. All your actions have a price and Judgment symbolizes the due date. Such an evaluation indicates the end of a period and the beginning of a new one. So you can either enjoy great achievements or regret passing chances or both. Therefore, the card can be associated with the law of karma and the completion of a karmic cycle.
Keywords: Other words describing the Judgment are: Rebirth, important decisions, memories, openness to criticism, ability to evaluate, critical self-examination, forgotten goals that are reappeared, to reap the fruit or past actions.
Prediction: Renewal, result, spiritual awakening. Changing the social position. Change in personal consciousness.
Number: The card has number twenty, consisting of two and zero, which together gives two, the number representing opposites, in this case life and death.
Astrology: The card has no immediate connection to characters or planets.
Affirmation: I observe people and situations reasonably and objectively.
The Universal Principle: The Judgment represents the principle of good judgment, as expressed in both private and professional matters. The ability to distinguish clearly.
Above are four very different versions of The Judgment. Cary-Yale Visconti tarot cards from around the 1420s are mainly designed to be beautiful and shows friends and family. The beautiful old Italian tarot set also has its emphasis on the artistic expression. Marseille tarot cards are simple as they were made so they are suitable for wood printing. Oswald Wirth diminishes the Christian symbols and instead draws inspiration from the occult, through writings especially by Éliphas Lévi. The occult came from here on to influence how tarot cards were illustrated. Most famous is the Rider-Waite tarot card with lots of symbolism from Egypt, the Jewish Kabbalah, astrology, alchemy and Freemasonry. When you thus interpret The Judgment you have different options. It is advisable to start with the illustrations we have from Rider-Waite as they contain a lot of information in their imagery.