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Judgement tarot card meanings

Judgement: Inner Calling

Judgement Tarot Card
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Judgement tarot card meanings in traditional tarot stem from its connection to both Astrology and Numerology. Judgment tarot card can mean:


Being a good judge of character.

Change and transformation that we are ready for.

Taking responsibility for your life.

Stepping up to the task. Taking a stand.

Being the person you were always meant to be.

Recognising your true vocation.

Hearing a call and answering a need.

Unburdening yourself.


A burden.

Poor judgement.

Repeating the same mistake. 

Symbolism in Judgement tarot card

In the Golden Dawn, this card represented the Higher Genius, a symbol of the divine self. The angel is Archangel Gabriel. Gabriel is the angel for messages. Gabriel’s trumpet symbolises the afterlife’s triumph over death, denoting endings followed by positive new beginnings. The white banner with the orange cross is a standard Christian symbol derived from the victory banner of Constantine, the first Christian Emperor. When held by Gabriel it symbolises victory over death. A man, a woman and a child are being called from the tomb of ego consciousness. The three people are reflected on the other side of the river, another symbol of the soul’s victory over death. The three people are also a symbol of the three pillars of the tree of life. The ocean represents the end of the river, symbolising individuals coming together for a greater good. The mountains represent the structure that surrounds us all.

Judgement tarot card and Astrology

Judgement tarot card is ruled by Pluto, the planet of transformation, and its element is fire. Pluto represents the subconscious forces and rules everything hidden in the depth of our minds. It represents endings and new beginnings. The position of Pluto shows where people search for truth and deeper meaning. There might be issues with power struggles and control. It is important to feel we are in control of our lives and that we are living our highest calling in life. When Judgement tarot card shows up we search for change and transformation, and we are encouraged to accept our deepest need. If we choose to ignore our dark side, destructiveness might soon follow.

Judgement tarot card meanings upright

Judgement in a general reading

Judgement tarot card meanings indicate taking responsibility for your actions and your life, being a good judge of character, seeing the truth and knowing what you want. Judgement card often shows up when you need to step up and be a leader, speaking the truth and being more assertive. This tarot card also shows up around endings and new beginnings. It differs from the Death card in the sense that with the Death card you might feel that you have little choices, and the transformation is happening against your will. Judgement tarot card signifies changes that you have manifested more consciously by stepping up and becoming more of the person you were always meant to be.

Tips when Judgement tarot card shows up in your reading: Judgement often shows up in a reading when the seeker has made an important decision. Judgement is telling the seeker to trust in their decisions and to have faith in their abilities. 

Judgement in a love reading

In a love reading, Judgement tarot card describes a relationship that nearly ended, only to be revived in the last minute. Judgement can mean the couple needs to appreciate each other more. If the Seeker is single Judgement speaks of finding love through fulfilling your calling in life. Someone will fall in love with your leadership qualities.

Judgement in a career reading

In a career reading, Judgement tarot card signifies careers in recruitment, politics, and management. Judgement shows up when the Seeker will turn their highest calling in life into a profession.

Judgement as Feelings

Judgement speaks of healing emotionally after disappointments and setbacks. There are emotional triggers that have bun buried deep since childhood, and old wounds are often re-opened again. The Seeker will have an opportunity to heal old wounds and have a new beginning where they will be able to love again.

If you are asking what someone is feeling about you, Judgement can mean the person is very afraid to open up to love, and it will take time to get close to the person. You could feel the person is judging you unfairly, and they are often testing your boundaries.

Learn what Judgement tarot card means in the Grand Tableau. 

Personality type in Judgement tarot card

Judgement tarot card is someone who is very assertive and who enjoys being the one in charge. They know what they want and how to get it and they are excellent judgement of characters. If something is out of their control they feel quite uneasy about it. Judgement is someone concerned with the long-term future of the human existence. They are great leaders and full of courage. Judgement people are quite good at getting what they want, even if some manipulation is needed. Deep down they have a calling, but they are not always listening to it. As soon as they accept their life purpose, they blossom into someone with great clarity. They often start a completely new direction later in life. Their challenge is to break free from recurring patterns and behaviours holding them back.

Judgement tarot card meanings

Judgement: Inner Calling

Judgement tarot card meanings reversed

Judgement tarot card reversed indicates taken on burdens, digging oneself deeper into the old life, being haunted by the past and unable to let go. There is something blocking the Seeker from renewing themselves. There seem to be no escape from the mistakes of the past and little hope for a better future. The Seeker’s judge of characters is often incorrect when this card shows up reversed. They should be calling the shots in their own lives, but are instead being controlled and suppressed by outside influences.

If Judgement is showing up reversed when asking about a house or a property it can indicate that the place is haunted.

Personality type in reversed Judgement tarot card

Judgement tarot card reversed can indicate someone operating on a negative vibration. They cannot be trusted and have issues with trusting themselves. This is someone who is a poor judge of character, who believes in the liars and distrusts the honest ones. They often repeat the same patterns in their lives over and over, even if it is hurting them. Judgement reversed is someone who feels a lot like a zombie, who due to their programming and circumstances are stuck in an unhealthy situation and they often feel life is passing them by. They are tired and worn out, wishing for a new life, but often lack the energy to make it happen.

Judgement Tarot Card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including the Judgement tarot card.

Judgement + Fool: This is the most powerful tarot card combination. The reason you were born will be revealed. 

Judgement + Emperor: Questioning authority. The Authority of authority. 

Judgement + Hierophant: Old traditions needing to renew. 

Judgement + Hermit: An old friend coming back into your life. 

Judgement + Ace of wands: Competition. 

Judgement + Three of wands: Journalism. Changing the world through writing. 

Judgement + Eight of wands: Impatience. Moving forward before you are reading. 

Judgement + Ace of cups: The art world. 

Judgement + Seven of cups: Finding your spiritual path. 

Judgement + Page of cups: Discovering creative talents. 

Judgement + Five of pentacles: Helping someone in need. 

Judgement + Eight of pentacles: A supervisor. 

Judgement + King of pentacles: A politician. 

Judgement + Five of swords: Wanting revenge.

Judgment + Nine of swords: Judging oneself for past mistakes. 

Judgement + King of swords: A police, judge, or lawyer. 

Judgement tarot card meanings summary

Judgement tarot card signifies your calling in life. Judgement can mean you are stepping out of main stream consciousness to live a life more meaningful. Other people might seek you out for guidance so they also can get more out of life. Judgement means being a good judge of character. If reversed Judgement signifies believing in false idols, and distrusting those who could actually help.

Learn what Judgement tarot card means as a final card in a love reading.  


  1. Mary Gomez November 11, 2015 at 2:49 am

    Inger Brathen’s interpretations are always so intelligent and insightful. She isca very talented tarot reader. Please continue the great work!

  2. Inger Bråthen November 12, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Thank you so much! 🙂

  3. Liza October 17, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Dear Inger,

    I’d like to ask you about a career spread.

    I asked my cards,
    What will happened, if:
    A.) I stay where I work, and wait (the shop is in trouble because of the low profit and )
    I got the Ace of Cups reversed

    B) I’m looking for another job again
    I got the Hierophant reversed

    C) I learn something brand new for a brand new career
    I got the Five of Cups reversed

    (All reversed! :O)

    And I asked the cards for a career adwice ,and I got the Judgment upright.

    Thanks in advance!


  4. Inger Bråthen October 18, 2016 at 5:05 am

    Judgement is about your highest and best path in life, the reason you were born you might say. So it could be that you are meant to focus on that at the moment. Maybe your career and your path are different….Or it could mean you are meant to reinvent where you are currently (which I feel is more right). Sometimes with reversed cards, look at the card before, so Ace of cups reversed is king of cups, hierophant reversed is Emperor, Five of cups reversed is four of cups. King of cups and Emperor are energies that rise to the challenge of any situation and turn them around to be successful…I think you are meant to turn around where you are now and make it successful…that could be part of your life purpose…

  5. LAURENCE November 21, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Hello Inger,
    I asked “will I get pregnant in 2017?” using the universal tarot, no reversed, no positional meaning.
    I usually do not ask yes/no question but I could not help.

    Judgement – page of Swords – 8 of wands
    base card: 2 of cups.
    So judgement here indicates the decision that will turn my world around. The page of Swords can show the child to come and the 8 of wands might mean that things will occur rather quickly. The 2 of cups as the base possibly indicate the connection with my Partner that will lead to the creation of the baby.
    I am not unbiased so can you tell me what you think of this spread, please?

    Thank you!

  6. Inger Bråthen November 21, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Hi, I believe this is a yes, because all the elemental dignities in Judgement, page of swords, and 8 of wands are friendly, which in yes/no questions often mean a yes. 🙂

  7. LAURENCE November 21, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Thanks for your answer. Never thought before about using elemental dignities for yes/no but It makes great sense when not using any positional meaning. In this case fire and Air are friendly so It looks promising. Thanks Inger!

  8. Stephanie November 26, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Hi Inger,

    Thank you for your awesome interpretation! Your page is such a great source for us tarot enthusiast! 🙂

    I asked the card about signs and warning about this new guy I started “talking to” this past month. It was a three cards spread with two clarification cards.

    My three card were: the Lover, three of cups and the Magician and my two clarification card were: Judgement and kinh of cups.

    I take this as a really good signs, but of course I am biased! Please tell me what you think of this spread 🙂

    Thank you so much!

  9. Inger Bråthen November 27, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Hi, Stephanie. The cards you are getting are great. The Magician speaks of you having a soulmate connection, and this is clarified by the Lovers card as well. 🙂

  10. Nini December 11, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    I have been married for 9 years, i asked if i should stay and try to make it work. I got judgment with death crossing, #3 wheel of fortune, #4 temperance, #5 ace of cups reversed #6 queen of cups #7 emperor, #8 ten of wands reversed, #9 five of swords and the outcome ten of pentacels reversed. Thanks for any insight you can give me. And i am sorry it is so many cards

  11. Inger Bråthen December 12, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    I can tell by the cards that you are ready to move on, however, the opportunity to do so has not yet presented itself. I think it will though, a door will open, and you will be able to move forward soon…..

  12. Tracy January 13, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Hi I had the judgement card then the sun then the moon, seeking advice on my relationship, can u tell me if this is good plz x

  13. Inger Bråthen January 13, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Hi, this card combination indicates the relationship will be rekindled and renewed as there seem to be strong and deep feelings within the relationship.

  14. Jen June 30, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Inger, I asked if me and my boyfriend will be together in the future. I did a past present and future reading and got the cards Judgement as past, Death as present and Ace of Wands in the future. Can you interpret this for me. Thanks for your time.

  15. Inger Bråthen July 1, 2017 at 8:09 am

    When Judgement and Death show up together in a reading, it could be a ‘near death’ experience of your relationship, however, ace of wands indicates a new beginning for you.

  16. Ana August 7, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Hi! I asked whether I will be in a relationship by the end of the year. I got Judgment as the main card and as clarifiers I got : 4 of pentacle, 4 of swords and 5 of wands.
    What does that mean? Can you please help me read this spread? Thank you so much!

  17. Inger Bråthen August 12, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Double 4 in a reading always speak of a commitment. 5 of Wands speaks of someone you share very similar weaknesses and strengths as, and you have similar personality traits. You could have some clashes as a result.

  18. Erin June 3, 2018 at 4:10 am

    Hi Inger,

    Your site is SO helpful and I love how concise your interpretations are. Also thank you for posting combined card meanings!
    I keep getting Judgement and the Hierophant together about a relationship, or I’ll just get the Hierophant. I get it when looking about the connection/outlook but also his feelings for me. I use Doreen Virtue’s Angel Tarot so technically they’re called “Renewal” and “Unity.” Usually surrounded by positive cards– a happy cup card or two, ace of wands, king of pentacles, eight of wands, and the like. I’m really struggling to understand the meaning and if it’s positive (meant-to-be kind of relationship) or negative (I don’t live up to his traditional judgements)…. He is someone from my past but we’ve never dated. Any ideas?

    Thank you <3

  19. Ingie from TW June 7, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Hi, Erin. This card combination can mean there is a past life connection between you. He could have been a spouse in your recent past lives. Judgement often speaks of something being renewed, and it can mean past life connections as well.

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