"I am the grammarian about whom your mother warned you."
I thought it was time to bring my beloved vampires out to chat. I use this deck more for readings that I don’t blog about, but it seemed like the right deck to use this week. I really love this deck, and the companion book is probably the best Tarot book I own. Besides, I bought a new Halloween decoration today and I’m feeling the call of the season. Vampires fit right in.
So here we have Judgement. Traditionally this is a card of being judged for our actions, awakening to a new life or new reality based on our actions. Kind of bleak, really. Who among us doesn’t sort of cringe at the idea of being judged? Even if we’re not criminals or evildoers of any sort, we all have instances in our lives when we could have behaved better, been less selfish, been more willing to help someone, etc. Perhaps we judge ourselves more harshly than anyone else might.
I like the interpretations this deck gives. Judgement is associated with the element Fire, and connects Hod to Malkuth on the Tree of Life. It can be about being judged, but it can also be a sign of making your own judgement, taking a stand, making a decision and take action accordingly. It’s a chance to reassess things and move forward, freeing ourselves from something that may have been holding us back. Like a judge, it’s necessary to weigh evidence and facts before making a decision, but it must be done in a rational, clear-headed manner.
The Vampyre in the Judgement card has burst forth from his grave, renewed and powerful.
In a reading, the card commands us to follow our personal calling. We are urged to ignite our personal drive and unique quality of spirit to determine our path. With this comes salvation and a rebirth of our power. The past and its mistakes are behind us, and we are ready to begin fresh with a newfound vision.
Acknowledge your power, put the lessons of the past to use.