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What does the Judgment card mean?

August 22, 2016

Judgment -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Judgment card:
We can find peace and enlightenment through forgiveness.

This bit of pithy Tarot advice may need a little more explanation and a little help, so here goes:

Although we know that we should love one another, we tenaciously cling to our right to judge other people.  Why do we do that? Why don’t we forgive?  And how can we move beyond the mistake of holding onto a grudge? I have written many posts about how the Judgment card relates to forgiveness and how forgiveness is essential to our spiritual progress. For example, here is one in which I conclude:

Forgiveness … is the balm that heals our wounds. In fact, it is the balm that heals the world.

Regardless of how valuable forgiveness is, we often find it so very hard to forgive, so here are some things we need to know so that we can learn to forgive.

Forgiveness comes when we realize that love and forgiveness are the same thing.
Forgiveness comes when we realize that we all have wounds that cause us to make mistakes.
Forgiveness comes when we release the label “evil” and replace it with “mistaken.
Forgiveness comes when we realize that “Many of the faults you see in others are your own nature reflected in them” (to quote Rumi).
Forgiveness comes when we realize that we are all One in Spirit.

And so, again, we need to know that one of the steps along the path to peace and enlightenment is forgiveness.

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Note: Each of these pithy Tarot meanings is just one facet of its card. Find more of them on my Card Meanings page.  Also, get my Pithy Tarot eBook and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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