The Judgement Tarot Card

Traditional Meaning

The Judgement card represents understanding

The following positive keywords are associated with this card:

  • Absolution
  • New potential
  • Rebirth
  • Rejoicing
  • Rewards for past efforts

It can also be associated with the following negative keywords:

  • Delays
  • Fears
  • Guilt
  • Loss
  • Obstinacy
  • Self-reproach


If the Judgement card is in an upright position, it is a sign that the client will be experiencing success as well as reap the rewards for their past efforts. It also represents the coming of an opportunity that should not be ignored once it does, as this decision or project could change their life significantly. If ill health is an issue, this card is also a sign that recovery will come.
However, the card can also be attributed to stubbornness. If the client continues to refuse in adapting change, it will only cause delays. It also warns the person of self-doubt as well as guilt of the mistakes committed in the past. The card may also be a sign that fear (of almost everything) will be experienced.


When this card appears in reverse, the client often feels a sense of sadness and possibly even physical manifestations of depression. Any lack of progress seems very personal and painful. The individual may feel stuck and unable to create a realistic impression of their circumstances because their fears and insecurities make obstacles seem worse than they are. Often, they are clinging so desperately to life as they know it that the better life they could have had is passing them by.

A Deeper Look:

The client should evaluate the parts of life that work and the parts that do not and make changes accordingly. A particular time of life is ending and the correct action at this time is to
look back, fondly wave good-bye, and move forward to embrace the new life that waits.

The nude figures on the card show the innocence of rebirth and their upraised arms open them to the divine intention of the next phase of life. The figures are in gray, but the angel above
them is in color, which shows that they are moving to a brighter, more vibrant future.

The Wheel of Fortune shows us the influence of the hand of Fate while Justice implements the big teeth of Karma. Judgement shows us the rewards of a job well done and the blessings of life
coming back three-fold with a release from karmic obligations and debts of the past. This card is about second chances, new beginnings built upon the foundation of previous successes, and
letting go of old obligations to embrace the next chapter of life.


image of The Judgement Tarot CardQuick Reference for the Judgement Tarot Card

Association: Associated with Fire & Spirit.

Keyword: Accountability

General Meanings: Weighing things out. The ending of things. Learning from the past. Preparation for the future.

Love: Problems coming out.

Health: Surgery – healing.

Money: Make sure you are right.

Spirit: Facing God.


The World Tarot Card

Traditional Meaning

The World card signifies over corning challenges..

Some of the positive associations with this card are as follows:

  • Completion
  • Fulfillment
  • Joy
  • Satisfaction
  • Success
  • Wholeness

It can also be associated with the following negative keywords:

  • Delays
  • Impatience
  • Lack of will
  • Stagnation


The World card is a sign that whatever it is that the client desires will be coming to them. This is also a time for experiencing success and be recognized with what they have given. Its appearance in a spread also represents a time for holidays, enjoyment, travel, having time with their loved ones, having an opportunity to indulge in the material things that they desire, and being in a rewarding
relationship. Generally, this card could also indicate the end of one stage and the beginning of another.
However, this card could also mean that some delays will be experienced, and that the client still has to overcome some difficulties before success comes. This is a sign that they should not give up, now that they’re very close to achieving what they want.


When The World is reversed, the client probably feels exactly that: as though the world is turned upside down. A common feeling is that everyone is “getting theirs” while the
querent is still stuck in a rut. The more the client spins his wheels, the deeper into the quagmire he or she sinks. The client may be waiting for someone else to dig them out and help
them resolve the situation, but no one else can free them from their dilemma. They must force their own way out of the current predicament.

A Deeper Look:

Just like climbing to the top of a mountain, The World represents a time when the client has reached a new level in life and now can look back to the work it took to get there and feel pleased and proud of their accomplishments. The individual is now free to start any new ventures or undertakings, confident that the experience gained from the previous tasks have laid a sturdy foundation upon which to build. They applied the gifts of Heaven, Earth, and Self in the most productive and commendable ways and as this cycle of life completes and a new one begins, the client should undertake it with confidence.

The nudity from the Judgement card continues here and reflects purity and innocence. The figure dances carefree in the center of the card, surrounded by the blessings of wisdom (the
human), strength (the ox), courage (the lion), and clear vision (the eagle). The infinity sign is above and below the figure, showing the ongoing cycle of the Major Arcana as The World card
takes us to a new chapter where we are once again The Fool, starting another adventure of learning and growing.

image of The World Tarot CardQuick Reference for The World Tarot Card

Association: Associated with Saturn & Earth.

Keyword: The end.

General Meanings: The final end before returning to the beginning. Patience. The completion of things. The end of cycle.

Love: Creating perfection or parting ways.

Health: The end of illness.

Money: Balanced

Spirit: Eden


Further Resources

1. The Judgement Tarot card at Biddy Tarot

2. The World Tarot Card at Wikipedia