Judgment is the 20th card in the Major Arcana. Like all of the Major Arcana, there’s some powerful imagery here! If Judgment has shown up for you, there is a loud and clear message that you need to hear right now. What is the universe trying to show you? Are you following your calling?
Often times we are sent divine messages that cause us to re-evaluate where we are going. Sometimes we ignore them, even when they are BIG, because we don’t want to move outside of our comfort zone. Judgement invites us to be open to receiving these messages, even when they feel uncomfortable. Your Higher Self is demanding your attention – listen well! Your intuition will show you how to proceed.
An example of a BIG message might be an unexpected job lay-off, or a friend you’ve always relied on moving away. The universe will find ways to show you that you are ready for MORE (maybe a new career direction / maybe you need to connect to different people) – if you take the message now, Spirit might not have to be as loud the next time 😉
A good indicator when your higher self is leading is a kind of scary, tingly excitement. It might feel uncomfortable and frightening, but there’s an urgency to proceed. Sometimes grief and sadness can be present, but amidst it may be a new clarity. If something feels yucky & aversive, even if it seems like a “good” opportunity – listen to that too. That is not spirit calling!
The meaning of this card can also be quite literal. Now may be the time that karma comes to you, either with the rewards for your good work, or the sticky consequences for a decision that was not your best one. If you find yourself in a bit of a karmic mess, consider what brought you there, and take the message to heart. Everyone makes choices that may have bitter consequences – the important part is to learn and grow from them.
However, it may be that you are or will be receiving the beautiful gifts in return, that you yourself have offered the universe. You are likely at a time where big change is at hand. Even if change comes fiercely, it’s time to embrace it now as a gift – whether it feels that way initially or not.
In reverse, Judgment may indicate that you are being overly critical in a situation, and trying to impose your will and control instead of allowing things to flow as they should. Take a look to see where you may be making judgments that do not serve yourself and others. It can also mean that you have missed a message. Do some reflection, and possibly some journaling to uncover the information that may have slipped through your fingers ❤️