Each week for the month of April, I’ll pull a card from the Fountain Tarot deck with the intention to understand what messages are important for us the week ahead. I’ll encourage you to reflect on how the card connects with you — feel free to share your thoughts on my Instagram, where I’ll also post the card and my interpretation. For more background info on Tarot and how I read cards, check out this previous post: a bit about Tarot.
April 16: JUDGMENT (XX)
Okay, team... this is getting serious. We have another Major Arcana card for this week: Judgment. (Apparently, you can spell that with the ‘e,’ but it means you’re not American. Guess I’ve been British for my whole life.)
In the chronicle of the Fool’s Journey through the Major Arcana cards, Judgment follows The Sun — it asks you to be reflective and self-aware, looking back on what you’ve learned with an observant eye. The Fountain Tarot describes this card as a “reconciliation,” or an uncovering of the past to live a brighter truth.
We tend to think of judgment as having a negative connotation and use it as a way to measure others and ourselves against an expectation or standard. That kind of judgment keeps us boxed in to our “shoulds.” It reminds me of a line from the book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: “Sometimes, I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.” That, to me, is judgment — it’s the heavy weight of everything we aren’t.
The Judgment card, however, asks us to consider a different definition. What if judgment were simply a tool to examine, to witness, and to explore with a critical eye toward what is best for us? What if we used judgment to get to the honest truth about ourselves? When you sit in front of the mirror with nothing to hide behind, all that’s left is you — the REAL you. In those moments, it’s easy for us to defend and create stories, to justify our behavior or to try to convince ourselves that things are a certain way. Judgment asks us to look deeper, to be honest and true with what we want and need so that we can show up as the people we really are.
And with this Judgment, there is actually NO “judgment.” We’re not here to berate ourselves, to value or measure ourselves against that heavy weight, but to acknowledge that what we’re carrying might not be ours and to let it go. It absolves us of the past, reconciles us with the present, and allows us to step forward as lighter and brighter beings.
It can also indicate that we’re on the edge of a decision, where we need to balance our intuition and intellect and “judge” what is right for us. We already know the right answer, and we might have to be courageous to trust our own best judgment and follow our gut, even if it means stepping away from the norm or breaking up with an expectation.
Here’s your own inquiry for the week: How does judgment look in your life right now? Where can you drop the habit of judging yourself and others?
Conversely, where can you be a little more self-reflective and discerning about the truth of a situation? Where are your own negative judgments clouding your intuition and adding more weight? What judgments about yourself can you reconcile and let go of to live a little lighter?
Reply with your thoughts or share them on this week's #TarotTuesday Instagram post. I'd love to know what connects for you!