Judgement Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
XX Judgement Correspondences:
Keywords & Phrases:
Resurrection and revival, roots in the past.
Judgement Tarot Card Meanings
The Judgement card brings a past situation back into being and breathes new life into it, so something is revived and resurrected. The image in the card is often likened to Judgement Day but the theme is not one of being judged, it’s more in keeping with an awakening of the soul released from the past and born anew. There can also be a sense of karma, in reaping what you have previously sown.
In relationships, this is the main card I look for with regard to reconciliation or revival of a relationship from the past, a frequently asked question by clients from the Tarot. (An article covering more about relationship reconciliation can be found here.)
When Judgement appears there’s always a past connection to the matter in question in some way, as revival would suggest. In career matters it could indicate somewhere you’ve previously worked or a past association that will be relevant in some way, connected to house moves it could suggest an old stomping ground you previously called home. As always, surrounding cards would provide the context but with Judgement it is something resurrected and coming back round, (death and rebirth) re-doing, rather than something completely new.
Aside from resurrection and revival, words with the re- prefix (means again, or to go back, return) helps to remember the concept too, such as: reawaken, rekindle, regenerate, renew, restore, redo… lots of re-‘s!
If reversed it can indicate procrastinating in moving forward, postponements or delays, being stuck in the past and refusing to see facts or what is creating a holding pattern, going back around in a circle with the same result.
Similar or supporting cards: Six of Cups (past aspects) Temperance (renewal)
Opposing or contradictory cards: The Fool (new and unknown) The Aces (new beginnings)
Judgement Tarot Card Combinations:
Judgement is generally quite easy in combination situations, as before a card is shows a past connection that leads to… or following a card may resurrect it, so either can work. As mentioned above, if any of the opposing cards are paired with Judgement it can amplify something from the past that leads to a new beginning (if it comes before) or a new beginning that resurrects something as a result (when following). For me, Judgement almost always takes you back to something. Aside from this…
Wheel of Fortune > Judgement: Karmic cycle, going round in a circle.
Eight of Pentacles > Judgement: may be redoing or re-sitting an exam.
> Ten of Cups: a past relationship revived that leads to permanency, whereas in reverse order (Ten of Cups > Judgement) could be marriage reconciliation.
> The Lovers: Resurrection of an old love relationship/interest.
Death > Judgement: boomerang effect, Lazarus, this one bounces back into life.
When paired with alternating cards, such as: Three of Swords > Temperance > Five of Cups > Judgement: can show an on-off type relationship (I’ve seen this in numerous readings).
Six of Cups > Ten of Pentacles > Judgement: returning to childhood home, or
Knight of Wands > Judgement > Ten of Pentacles: Moving to somewhere you’ve previously lived or have a strong past connection with.
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