10/02/13: Instant Judgment?

judgement legacy of the divine tarot10/02/13: Instant Judgment? 110/02/13: Instant Judgment? 2This version of Judgment seems a fitting prelude to the upcoming Libra New Moon, even though Justice is the card officially associated with Libra. This angel is Plutonian energy, thank you very much!

I’ve been reading one of those books I voraciously devour on all topics magical and metaphysical, and there was a meditation involving the Angel of Judgment that struck me the instant I saw it as potentially being very, very powerful and very, very serious.

And it also struck me, were someone to opt in, the New Moon might be a very good choice.

The meditation involved appearing before the Angel of Judgment and asking for your fate to be balanced in this lifetime, clearing the “karma” slate and rebalancing the scales, as part of a life of service.

It’s a very interesting notion, and not in the artificially polarized “Good versus Evil” way. I suspect there is not a single one of us who would not be surprised by the outcome, if were were truly to rebalance the scales in the course of a single lifetime.

My advice for the day is to live as if the “Karma”is instant—whatever that notion means to you without the moralistic reward/punish baggage attached.

What would true “judgment” feel like, you think?

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Legacy of the Divine Tarot
by Ciro Marchetti

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02/26/13: Pushing the Fire Button? /Judgment

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I swear, I wasn’t just trying to soften y’all up yesterday with the birthday party! You know how the cards are. They say what they want to say, when they want to say it. Who are we mere mortals to argue?

It’s Judgment. Now, I don’t inherently see judgment as a difficult card, but it CAN be. It’s kind of like a Saturn transit—how easy or hard this energy goes down depends a lot on you. Associated with Pluto, Judgment can hand out a bitch slap or two if you’ve got one coming. But it’s not universally bad news. Judgment can also hand out prizes, or at least just desserts.

It’s just that this energy is…without sentimentality, you know? Uncompromising. Unmovable. There’s no plea-bargaining on Judgment Day. The accounts have been taken and the scores tallied.

The Zombie Tarot shows us the fellow that actually pushes the button, very far removed from the bomb that he drops, and hence removed from the fallout said bomb will create. And this is what you can expect with judgment: a dispassionate weighing of evidence, final outcomes based on the deep, dark truths and not a glossy, stylized version of the facts.

The other side of the story here is that Mr. Button-Pusher will also have to live with his decision. He won’t be able to take it back. Let’s hope he put some solid evaluation into his choice.

The appearance of Judgment urges us to be completely even-handed in both making big decisions and assigning responsibility after the fact. Make sure you can comfortably defend your choice as righteous before you push that button. It’s not the time to be impulsive. And if the bomb has already dropped, don’t underplay or overplay your own role in the situation, as it will not serve you. Either before or after the fact, the job here is to come to terms with what the entire situations means. The only way to complete a lesson  and move past it in your life curriculum is to learn it.

You feeling this?

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The Zombie Tarot: An Oracle of the Undead

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02/19/12: Bad News, Good News? | Judgment

judgment-new-visions-tarotTime and again, I’ve seen “worst-case scenarios” play out to be tremendous blessings in ugly wrapping paper, long haul. The problem is seeing the upsides. Sometimes, it can take years.  Sometimes not. But either way, without full knowledge of individual life paths or what someone will do with their experiences, who’s to say what’s bad?

Today’s Tarot is Judgment reversed (Pluto) from the New Visions Tarot, which takes the RWS image as base but imagines it from the other side. I commonly see this card as heralding karma rebounds—judgment day is coming!—or admonition to take full responsibility for yourself, but no less or more. Inverted, I may see a suggestion to suspend judgment, expect a delay in judgment, or as indication responsibility hasn’t been fairly attributed.

What looks so bad right now in your scope of vision? Maybe so. But maybe not. Omnipotence notwithstanding, how is it for us to say?

You ever had bad news that you later realized was good news?

02/19/12: Bad News, Good News? | Judgment 4 Tarot of the New Vision (English/Spanish)
by Lo Scarabeo

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01/26/12: Accessing Truth | Judgment

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“Say not, ‘I have found the truth,’ but rather, ‘I have found a truth.’ ” Khalil Gibran

Tarot_20_JudgmentToday’s Tarot is “Truth” of the Psychic Tarot Oracle, better known as Judgment (Pluto), number 20 of the Major Arcana. As is this deck’s style, the image is quite a bit softer than the traditional, RWS version of Judgment, which I’ve nicknamed the Zombie parade! But the idea itself remains powerful.

It’s relevant to note that as one of the Tarot twos, there is an emphasis on duality, polarity. There are two sides to this story! Associated with Pluto, the truth here is deep, perhaps dark, but definitely meaningful.

Accessing the truth behind Judgment can be a bit of an ironic exercise, however, because it often entails suspending judgment—the attachment to one side of a story, determinations of good and bad, picking winners and losers all get in the way. A healthy level of detachment is required to see clearly. Facts are much less in question than interpretation.

As an outcome, Judgment tells us what goes around comes around. Everyone will get their just desserts. As advice, Judgment suggest an even-handed accounting of responsibility, making sure not to exclude yourself, but if possible from a once-removed perspective. You may be too close to the issue.

But regardless, Judgment reminds us the truth will surface. All things will happen as they should, and there’s pretty much nothing that can be done to change that. I find the concept oddly reassuring, you know? Karma is on the job!

Do you see this energy at play?

01/26/12: Accessing Truth | Judgment 5 The Psychic Tarot Oracle Cards: a 65-Card Deck, plus booklet!
by John Holland

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11/03/11: Karma with a Side of Humble Pie? | Reversed Judgment

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“What goes around comes around,” people will sometimes say. I’m one of those people. That’s the phrase that leaps to mind whenever I see Tarot’s Judgment card. Not the clean-cut swiftness that Justice intends, but more results eventually taking shape as a result of long-standing patterns and repeated choices.

“Don’t wait for the last judgment – it takes place every day.” –Albert Camus

It’s an appealing concept many levels—getting what one deserves, right? The hateful thief dies alone. The good Samaritan is rewarded. Karma cleans it all up. Except when it’s your questionable choices up for review, the thought isn’t quite so nice.  Oh…

Today’s Tarot is Judgment reversed, associated with Pluto. Within it lies the key to transformation–an accurate accounting of the facts, fairly weighing (without rancor) both your contributions and those of others. Choices come home/dixiblog/domains/afoolsjourney.com/public_html to roost. Reversed, I may look to an uneven weighting of facts, delays in consequence, or perhaps an admonition to stop assigning blame.

Tarot_20_JudgmentPeople are often afraid of this card—not the Tarot Nova positive-spin-sanitized butterfly so much, but the RWS Zombie parade, yes! At it’s heart, Judgment is not about Zombies. The angel’s trumpet, however, does announce the day of reckoning. Situations current or long gone, doesn’t matter. Judgment shines light on circumstance we may have thought long dead and buried.

We may get angry at others’ faults, even angrier at our own. We see the shortcomings, but miss the strengths. Or we may see only the strengths, and miss the flaws. It doesn’t’ matter, really. When you see Judgment appear, the die has been cast. Truth will out. Truth always outs, and you’ll get an early notification, if you’re willing to keep your eyes open.

I find Judgment oddly dispassionate, not so much a moral imperative or Tarot lecture, but a heads up. Reminder that what you sow leads to what you reap. While it may feel like punishment at times, this fact is quite frankly a gift. It puts YOU in the driver’s seat. If you’re not happy about the crop you’ve got ripening, time to review what you’re planting…

Are you seeing the impact of Judgment’s energy?

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by Dennis Fairchild

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Everyday Tarot, 07/12/11: Reserved Judgment | Key to Inner Peace

tarot-forecast-judement-invertedSometimes, the “who” and “what” and “how” doesn’t make much difference. Details can morph into a tempestuous storm, raining down a thousand tiny, upsetting pricks of pain that accomplish nothing, but disrupt our harmony. The best approach depends on your objective, you know?

maj20sToday’s Tarot forecast is Judgment reversed, or “The Spirit of the Primal Fire”—that sounds serious!  Number XX of the Major Arcana, Judgment is modernly associated with Pluto. So the duality—guilty and innocent, dead and alive, real and unreal—all reside within.

This version from Shadowscapes is a lot prettier than the RWS, which I call the “Zombie Parade.” But whatever package Judgment arrives in, it’s always a powerful energy.

I do like the secondary title here. Fire is primal, and cleansing. While Water is Pluto’s element, I can certainly see a fire elemental affinity with the concept of judgment day, as in trial by fire, burning  down the house and reemerging from the ashes. Inverted, look to what’s being held back, not said, or not acknowledged—that’s just as important or more so than what is.

Withhold judgment for now. Even if you have a list in your head, like I have.

“I need to feel safe—not criticized. I’m not going to apologize for doing my best… I’m on a no-drama diet. And I don’t want to feel like I have to watch my back.” On and on it goes. But even as I list it out, I know how ridiculous it is.

poison-appleDo people go into situations with plans of spreading drama, pain and betrayal? Well, maybe some, but if they do, it’s not like they’ll own up to it before the fact. Or have a change of heart ’cause you say it’s not cool, you know? So what is the point, Dixie? (I don’t want to feel like a dumbass for believing.)

But the swishing around all the injuries in my head? It’s like nibbling repeatedly on a poisoned apple. It’s not going to cure the feelings of being sick. The reversed Judgment card would have us either forgive, or amputate—either way, releasing the poison. But realize amputation isn’t a cure if you continue to nurse the hurt feelings—nobody’s really gone, who lives in your head.

The idea is to get to the place where you can let go lovingly, never with ill-intent. Even if it’s just a “Thanks for providing an instructive example” or “I learned a lot about myself through this.” I sure do, even (sigh) those times I learn something I’d have preferred to avoid.  Damn universe, turning on the lights again, just when my eyes were all comfortable in the dark.

The Judgment card reminds me, the choice of emotional experience is all mine and only mine. Will I withhold judgment on history, to make a future possible? It’s a risk, even trusting those who’ve never hurt us. Risk is inherent. But there’s so much we stand to gain from trust, it’s risk worthy of consideration. Letting go of judgment is the prescription for peace, however you accomplish it.

You have judgments in process now, too?

Everyday Tarot, 07/12/11: Reserved Judgment | Key to Inner Peace 7 Shadowscapes Tarot
by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

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