What does the judgement tarot card mean?

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The judgement is part of the Major Arcana deck of tarot cards.

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Judgement features the Archangel Gabriel, a messenger from God, calling the people below to come and be judged for their actions. This judgement is essential because it decides if they will be accepted into the spiritual world. Behind the angel is a mountain range, signifying how hard it is to escape judgement.


Drawing Judgement in a reading suggests that you are going through, or will soon go through, a huge spiritual awakening. Your eyes and mind have been opened and you are more connected to your inner self than you ever have been before. Often, this card signifies that you are on the brink of huge change, and for this change to happen, you must make a life-altering decision. To make this choice, you must draw upon all of your knowledge and experience, and decide on the best path given all of the information you have available to you.

Reverse Meaning

In reverse, the Judgement card is a message that you need to take some time out of your life to reconnect with your inner self and practice some reflection. You have been running away from mistakes and feelings of regret and keeping them hidden for fear of others judging you too harshly. However, now is the time to clean your slate and start anew, and sometimes that means revealing the truth and taking full responsibility for your actions. Often this card is a sign from the universe that you need to make a big change, but you are simply ignoring those signs because you’re scared of what this change will mean for your life. It’s time to trust the universe and simply let go and see what happens; you will more than likely be pleasantly surprised.

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