More about the Judgement card – Forgiveness
After reading the responses to my recent post on the Judgement card I decided that more needs to be said about it. (Of course, there is always more that can be said about any Tarot card.) My intention with that article was to discuss the Judgement card in the context of rebirth and awakening, since I posted it on Easter. However, I think it’s important to see this card in terms of forgiveness also, so I delved into the Tarot and Spirituality book that I’m working on to pull out the following excerpted material on that aspect of this card.
Through the years I have come to see that one of the highest meaning for this card is that of forgiveness, so I have read many articles on that topic and found some wonderful quotes about it. For example, there is a saying in Sikhism: “Where there is forgiveness, there is God himself.” I find this quote to be quite powerful in its simplicity and brevity. It also helps relate the divine image on this card to this meaning.
Eckhart Tolle says, “Forgiveness happens naturally when you see that [a grievance] has no purpose other than to … keep the ego in place.” It can be very hard for us to forgive, even when we realize that forgiveness has a great healing power, but the insightful recommendation in this quote can help us do so. A similar, albeit humorous approach to this topic is another quote that I found (source unknown): “Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”
Finally, here is one last quote about forgiveness that I feel work well with this card.
“When we forgive ourselves or someone else, we are choosing to release our judgments and in so doing we are choosing to feel good rather than bad, positive rather than negative, free rather than imprisoned.”— Margaret McCraw, author of the book, Tune into Love.