Judgement Tarot Card Meaning 

On the Judgement Tarot Card on the Egyptian-inspired Nefertiti deck, a priestess in white is standing behind a pharao in black in front of a cliff. Above, there are two gold wings and a red circle. 

From my perspective, it looks like the priestess is preparing the pharaoh for his burial to stand the last judgement before the gods. 

The question is, will the pharao own up or blame everyone else for any bad outcomes during his life? Will you?

At many stages in life, we will have to take responsibility for our choices, whether we like them or not. More often than not, our choices will have an outcome that we will have very little control over. 

Accepting responsibility to have our choices balanced in front of the last judgement is the archetypal meaning of the Judgement Tarot Card. 

This can lead to rebirth, revival, and change into a new person – a greater sense of enlightenment. We will only experience awakening if we are accountable and take responsibility for who and what we are. Even though we have a spiritual lesson to complete, we still have some free will to make choices for ourselves.

These are some of the energetic forces which exist within the Judgement Tarot Card. 

There are, of course, many more and below, we have outlined some of the other meanings of The Judgement Tarot Card. 

As always, you have to familiarise yourself with the cards to see your interpretation – what you glean from the card might be very different from ours.

The Judgement Tarot Card Meaning

The Judgement Tarot Card will have more than one meaning, and here we outline what we think are the most prominent energies that come from this card.


For better or worse, all of our choices have consequences, and one day we will have to own up to them. 

When Judgement Tarot Card shows up in your spread, this could mean that the consequences of a significant choice you made previously will finally unfold. 

The card does not imply whether it will be positive or negative, only that it is coming, and you have to take responsibility for your actions. 

Ask yourself, are you someone who takes responsibility for your choices, or do you blame others? In this instance, this may be what The Tarot is asking you to be honest about. 

The end of a journey

The Judgement Tarot Card can imply that you are at the end of a journey and will finally see the results of a thread of energy that has been in your life for a while. 

How will you be judged for the choices you have been making? Who will be judging you? Often we are our own worst critics.

Are you being too harsh or the other way around? 

Are you listening too much to the critics of others and should really be listening to yourself instead? 

Ask yourself these questions as this card shows ups. 

The end of a journey is often a sign of rebirth. Prepare yourself for large changes in your life.


In some cases, the Judgement Tarot Card shows up as a sign for a trial. You are about to be put through a test that will challenge you. 

Throughout our life, there will be many trials, and you have to decide whether you will work to build your inner strength.

The question is, are you prepared? Will you prevail, or will you falter? 

That is all up to you and your resolve. 

The Judgement Tarot Card shows that it is up to us to act with integrity and have a practice which builds our inner strength.

Letting go 

Sometimes, our past haunts us to the extent that it feels like we relieve the memory daily. The thing is, our memory is inaccurate, and we must not judge ourselves for our past actions.

What matters is what we do today and moving forward. 

Are you judging yourself for actions you did in the past? This might be the time to let them go. 

The Judgement Tarot Card might suggest that you need to forgive yourself for past deeds and move on because they do not serve you any longer.


For our sense of wellbeing, authenticity is crucial. The Judgement Tarot Card might ask you to stand up for yourself and be authentic in how you are showing up in life. 

Authenticity is challenging in a world that constantly bombards us with messages about how to be. 

The thing is, you only have this life, and there is no point in being anyone but yourself. 

Conclusion for Judgement Tarot Card Meaning

These are some of the energetic meanings we glean from The Judgement Tarot Card. As a Tarot Card Reader, you need to familiarise yourself with the card in your own time and articulate your personal meaning for the card. 

As you work with the deck, you will notice that the meaning of the card changes with each person you work with and the spread that it shows up within. 

I notice this myself in each Psychic Tarot Reading I do; the card’s meaning constantly changes depending on the context and person I am working with. 

Suppose you are a beginner with the Tarot. In that case, you should do a short meditation before delivering a Tarot Reading, and always remember to ground and cleanse yourself after the Tarot Reading. Also, remember to close; you will not want to stay wide open after the reading. 

If you remain open, this can lead to feelings of ungroundedness, which can lead to a lack of energy, dizziness, lack of focus and many more negative outcomes. 

If you are serious about becoming a Tarot Reader, looking after your health is instrumental because you constantly give your energy to another person. 

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