Inverted Judgement


Inverted JudgementThis might be interpretted, “as below, make it so above.” If we interpret this as opposite of its upright meaning, it is the anti-Rapture. This is the time we reject new bodies, hide our eyes from new vistas, disregard the new order. Transformation is more work than we care to take on. When you mess with things, you make a mess of things. Or so we believe…

It’s time to evaluate how you are limiting yourself. Are you trying to cram the Universe into your small view of what it should be? Did you asked for answers that you received and then rejected? Did you received a call to do something and chose not to act on it?

If you feel authentically called to change, allow yourself to let that change happen.


In a spread, Judgement can interact with a few cards. Judgement’s influence is weakened by the presence of the Magician (called the Cobbler or Magus in some decks), Wheel, or Devil. It’s influence is strengthened in combination with the cards below.

Major Arcana

Chariot: If Judgement comes before the Chariot, it indicates fame or triumph. If the Chariot is inverted, this will be short-lived, as there is a good chance this will weaken your character.
Hermit: If Judgement comes before the Hermit, there will be a triumph on the spiritual level, or one that happens following death. If the Hermit is inverted in this same position, it indicates there will be a public discovery that will be of tremendous benefit.

The Major Arcana

The twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana tend to hold the big lessons. These cards carry powerful messages. If you are reading a spread of cards, watch for the Major Arcana. If your spread contains more than 30% Major Arcana, you are in the midst of something big, or beyond your control. If most of the cards in the spread are from the Major Arcana, you might be trying to exert too much control. You might have trouble expressing your feelings, or you might be near your breaking point. A spread without any Major Arcana cards could indicate you are hiding from the truth of the issue, or are in some deep distress. If this is the case, it is important to find someone you can trust to guide you through this period of time. In a spread, focus most of your attention on the Major Arcana. The other cards will be useful for clarifying the situation.

Number — 20, which translates to 2

Two is a number of duality, balance, and choices.

The Inversion

There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous

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