Judgement – Tarot card meaning

Judgement is the twentieth Major Arcana card. We are nearing the end of the cycle, and before a new one begins we must hold our impurities to account, lest we fail to learn from our errors and repeat the same mistakes.

Judgement is a well known concept in the world, and hopefully one we see exercised fairly. As a tarot card, Judgement represents our choices and decisions backed by morals, evidence and intuition.

Card meanings


Judgement may refer to the last major decision you made in life. How is it affecting you now. Upon reflection, do you think it was the correct decision? If it wasn’t then you should look to how you can set things right now, rather than wait for the situation to get worse.

Are you someone who jumps to conclusions quickly? This can be an easy trap to fall into, especially when we have prejudices. An exercise in mindfulness, thinking about our past can help unravel the thread of our personality.

Why do we believe what we believe? Why do we like some things and dislike others? Are we being influenced by someone with another motive, or are we making our own decisions?


Judgement in the present position can put you in place of either the judge or accused, and sometimes both. Have your actions been called into question recently?

Expect to answer up to them, even if you haven’t done anything wrong. Taking responsibility of our actions is one of then most adult things we can do. A child hides from the world, but an adult should seek to master it.

Be wary of people keeping information from you. They may think this is a good idea but you should know as much as possible about the situation if you’re going to make an informed choice.


Choices you’ve made now can affect the future, sometimes in ways we did not intend. The best we can do is to make the best possible decision at the time.

As long as our hearts and morals are in place, then we do not need to worry. Judgement in regards to the future highlights these facts. A big decision may be lying in wait for you. Approach it free of guilt and burden.

Work, careers and education

You may have to make a decision regarding your future. Look to choose the option which is better suited for you, not one which you think will improve your image.

Rule from the head, not the heart, when it comes to making decisions about your professional life. If you have an examination or deadline coming up,then double check your submission. There should be no gaps in your arguments.

Love and Relationships

Expect to make a serious choice regarding your relationship if you have a partner. This can include potentially splitting up; but also moving in together, a big holiday away, or having a shared responsibility like a pet.

Secrets will come to light sooner or later. You can’t keep every detail of your life hidden from your partner, but neither can they. Expect revelations as your relationship deepens.


Judgement is a good sign when it comes to money. It can highlight some silly purchases you’ve been making which you should be aware of.

Are you fully in control of your money? Check your statements regularly. Keep records. Especially look to see if you are getting the best value for things you need; housing, clothing, food. Something may be amiss, somebody may be taking more than their fair share.

Health and well-being

Judge yourself. Are you a good human being? Are you treating your body and mind right? We exist in the present, and as such you shouldn’t be defined by your far past. Work to tackle mental blocks if they are holding you back.

Physically you should be doing well, but if you are slacking, take charge of your life! You can greatly improve your health by exerting your willpower into exercising regularly, eating well and being around good, happy people.

Other associations

Element: Fire

Astrology: Pluto

As a Yes or No question: Yes. But make no immediate decision if you can.

Crystal: Amethyst


Choice, decision, ruling, regrets, redemption

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