Interpretation of any Tarot card or spread must take into account the reader, the querent and the context. That said, here’s my general interpretation of the Judgement card from the Rider Waite Tarot deck and its meaning.
Reading The Card – Meaning
In Biblical terms Judgement clearly relates to the final day of judgement where the dead will rise and their souls be judged.
It is not necessary to take a religious view of this card. The fundamental interpretation is of a true and fair assessment of oneself. Look deep into yourself and see your faults. Just as importantly, see everything that is good about you – something many people in the West have trouble doing.
Judgement is not just criticism, it is also praise. We need both in order to truly assess ourselves and plot our future.
Judgement isn’t the end, just a temporary pause to assess and regroup before we continue on our lives.
When this card appears in a Tarot spread it indicates decisions, changes, endings and beginnings. It indicates a need for honest self-assessment. Are we really travelling the best route? If well aspected, we can be honest with ourselves and go on to live our lives the way we truly want. If badly aspected, our self-deceit can lead us to a personal armageddon.
The whirlwind is in the thorn tree.