Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you can rise above doubt and judgment. And you can see forever.
One of the most pivotal cards of the Tarot comes visiting this week. Could it be that our parade of Majors is resuming? Let us welcome the Judgement card.
I know this can be a puzzling, even disagreeable card for many new practitioners of the Tarot.
For instance, my students sometimes choose it as one of their least favorite cards. They feel that Judgement is a rather negative, “judgmental” card.
And whoa! There are all those dead people coming out of their graves! Zombie apocalypse?
Indeed, the Judgement card (I am using the British spelling, in keeping with the origins of the Waite-Smith deck) can be off-putting to those who don’t look beyond the word itself, or who don’t resonate with the Christian world view.
But this vitally important card is fraught with meaning, as it comes second to last in the Major Arcana sequence. If we think of the Majors as the mythic “Hero’s Journey,” or perhaps the psychological process of self-actualization, we know that Judgement comes just before the grand finale of The World.
Judgement is the summation of the moral of our story. We have learned from the Fool, through the Lovers, Death, the Devil, Moon and Sun, and all the others. It is no coincidence that the Wheel of Fortune, half way to Judgement, shows our destiny still up for grabs. But upon the threshold of the journey’s end, we are now are called by card XX to choose our fate.
Most older decks, including the R-W-S deck, as well as the early Swiss, Italian, and French decks, depict it with the classical judgment day motif of Christian art and theology.
Traditionally in those religious works, the angel of the Lord calls the living and the dead to God’s final judgment, sending the few souls of the righteous to eternity in heaven, while throngs of the damned head for the fiery pits of hell.
Certainly, here we see the angel (most scholars identify him as Gabriel) calling the dead from their graves.
But in the Tarot, even in the oldest decks, the theme of punishment and damnation is pointedly absent.
No one is being judged here.
In fact, this is where the chains of judging, guilt, blame, and shame fall away once and for all.
The figures are rising up in adoration and celebration. Arthur Waite writes, “It is the card which registers the accomplishment of the great work of transformation in answer to the summons of the Supernal.. heard and answered from within.”
So instead of being at the mercy of some great, grim disciplinarian who threatens to permanently cast us out, the message here is the triumph of our awareness, free will, and liberation.
We say what is our heaven, and what is our hell. We are the judges; we decide what we deserve. It’s our choice.
The Current Astrology
Rather than examining the many details currently influencing us (hello, last quarter Moon and Happy Birthday, Virgo – all on Friday the 23rd), one of my favorite astrologers, Ralfee Finn, wrote about last week’s stationing of Jupiter, and how it will continue to impact us in the days to come.
Jupiter Direct fuels the action. It just started moving forward Sunday [last week, the 11th] —yes, it was a very big day for the planets—and although Jupiter takes a while to build forward momentum, we’re still likely to feel the effect of its forward motion this week and next.
Jupiter won’t hit its new stride until the beginning of September, but that won’t diminish its presence or its power. Jupiter can be used to organize all sorts of plans and projects, and from August 18–25, when it trines Mercury, its organizational skills are smokin’. Consider these next two weeks prime time for organizing demonstrations, even if those calls to action are scheduled to take place in September or October.
The most important goal during the coming weeks and months is to keep your energy uplifted—Trump and his Gang of Hungry Ghosts are counting on their opposition to become even more discouraged and we can’t let that happen.
It’s important to marshal the combined armies of consciousness, concern, and compassion so that we can continue to help each other, especially those who can’t take a stand and need our support—like all those traumatized children who need help not just reuniting with their families but also recovering over time from the trauma they were subjected to.
As spiritual warriors we know that thoughts and prayers matter to an extent, but that actions speak far louder than words or wishes.
Our collective fate does not rest in the hands of the government. It rests in our hands and in our ability to create a new reality from inside-out and from the ground up.
There are local elections to win and there are elections to take back the Senate. Get to work, sky-watchers! Any of us could be the 100th monkey, so let’s reach critical mass and turn the tide toward creating the loving and peaceful world we know is possible.
Once again, the weekly Tarot and the astrology of the moment align in harmony. The fierce trumpet of eternity now calls us forth; our hearts are uplifted by divine decree. Critical mass is upon us, and there is no substitute for what you and only you can contribute.
Heed the Call
This beautiful, powerful message from the Tarot is an invitation to your own resurrection. Turns out that your life’s lessons are not for nothing, nor have they occurred in a vacuum.
The treasure of Judgement is the revelation that now is the time to use all we have been learning throughout our many lifetimes, in order to act on behalf of the great awakening.
Everything is connected – you to All That Is, and you to All That Has Been in your own life.
You may be on the verge of an important completion, in your job, your relationships, or even your intimate journey of self-discovery. This is your chance to see how the puzzle of synchronicities, random-seeming meetings, and tumultuous change begin to make sense if you will allow the calling of your soul to awaken you.
Come alive! Come alive! Burst out of the too-small life you have believed yourself to be. Dance forth from the grave where your dreams and tremendous soul-self have perhaps been made dormant by distractions or even despair.
In spite of everything, and simultaneously because of everything, you can now realize that the vision and music of paradise is ringing in your every cell. The dream that won’t die is calling your name.
Answer, and you will find you can see forever.