The Tarot Nook
Professional Tarot Readings by Kelsey Lynore
The Tarot Nook
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The card of redemption, resurrection, and forgiveness, The Judgment marks the fulfillment of destiny and the resolution of Karma within the Tarot.  “Karma” is here understood as the “law” of cause and effect, with “law” in scare quotes due to the implied will or purpose innate to most Western notions of “law.”  The Judgment does not indicate that one will judge or be judged (look to VIII Justice for that), but rather that one will suddenly overcome the myopia of one’s past judgments and certainties, and thereby be freed of one’s self-limiting projections and delusions.
Astrologically, most modern Tarotists identify The Judgment with Pluto (Hades), the god of the underworld.  But this is by no means a traditional interpretation.  Plutowasn’t discovered until February 18, 1930, and just like Uranus and Neptune, traditional Astrologers consider this planetoid to have been discovered too late to be recognized as a significant celestial body.  As Tarot was first organized in accordance with the myths of ancient Astrology, The Judgment card has alternately been linked to Elemental Fire and to the interplay of Jupiter and Saturn.
Elemental Fire, as the most traditional affiliation of this card, makes intuitive sense.  Fire purifies, eliminates, and sanitizes.  And it is also the Element that is most often associated with the notion of the “soul,” its constitutive energy, heat, and insubstantiality making it the perfect physical metaphor.  We see this, too, in the symbolism of the Suit of Wands.
However, the Pre-Socratic Greeks had an even more totalizing and mystical view of Fire, wherein Fire functioned as an Elemental Master Signifier (like the symbol that “is” money) which could mutate and morph into anything.

All things are an interchange for fire, and fire for all things, just like goods for gold and gold for goods. – Heraclitus,Ancilla to the Pre-Socratic Philosophers, 45

This innate capacity for fluxing states was seen as eternally rhythmic, measuring — at the moment(s) it incarnates — the world and everything in it so that it might be perpetuated without end.  Heraclitus continues:

This world, which is the same for all, no one of gods or men has made. But it always was and will be: an ever-living fire, with measures of it kindling, and measures going out. (40)

Life, the World, and Elemental Fire are here seen as one and the same.  A dance of constant exchange.  Some readers might think to more Taoist principles (a big front has a big back) or even Phenomenology (there is no inside without an outside/there is only interface), and they’d be right when considering this specific card.  I see it as both.  The Judgment is unique in its many Elemental and Astrological affiliations, as if at once all and nothing.
We can see this mutability evidenced further in its other traditional affiliation as the interplay between Jupiter (X Wheel of Fortune) and Saturn (XXI The World), which I would translate as the interplay between contingency (infinite chance) and necessity(finite matter), respectively.  Consider this Merleau-Ponty quote, wherein I have inserted the esoteric archetypes between brackets:

Man is a historical idea and not a natural species.  In other words, there is in human existence no unconditioned possession, and yet no fortuitous attribute.  Human existence will force us to revise our usual notion of necessity [XXI The World / Saturn] and contingency [X The Wheel of Fortune / Jupiter], because it is the transformation of contingency [X The Wheel of Fortune / Jupiter] into necessity [XXI The World / Saturn] by the act of taking in hand.  All that we are, we are on the basis of a de facto situation which we appropriate to ourselves and which we ceaselessly transform by a sort of escape which is never an unconditioned freedom. (Phenomenology of Perception, Tr. Colin Smith, 198)

What Merleau-Ponty is here suggesting, is that “mankind” is an abstract idea and nota natural species.  No attribute is given or innate to “man,” but neither is any attribute pure chance or heaven sent.  In observing ourselves we must reconsider what we think of as necessary (or even Karmic) and what appears from out of nowhere as if by a miracle or fluke, because it is the transformation of chance or fluke into Karma (a cycle of cause and effect which perpetuates itself like a feedback loop) by the act of grasping, manipulating, and mastering – both manually and perceptively.
The suggestion here is that we create new, self-repeating cycles for ourselves by embracing and extrapolating off of flukes and aberrations — a bit like free jazz or open source operating systems.  We aren’t ever stuck.  We might always latch on to that which does not fit into our current pattern so as to create a new pattern off the old but.  And when you pull The Judgment, that is the counsel and apparent miracle with which you are being blessed – what might look like failure has the potential to yield an entirely new and revolutionized life, albeit in a different direction and with a new destination.  You simply have to transform chance into necessity to reveal it to yourself.
Returning to the traditional Astrological affiliation of The Judgment as the relationship between Jupiter and Saturn, the most bare-bones interpretation might be the back-and-forth between the forces of expansion and the forces of contraction, respectively – almost like a beating heart.
This thought of an eternally beating heart dovetails nicely with the Pre-Socratic notion of Elemental Fire, and the two unite in the much more modern image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, without which I doubt we’d have modern valentines and the like (<3).
However, Dali chose to utilize an image of Christ arising from a golden crypt as if in rapture.  Butterflies cover his body.  An angel peaks out of a periwinkle sky, blowing a trumpet to herald his resurrection and the consequent transformation of the world.  A black, crudely painted angel crowns his head, and two profiles on either side of him bear silent witness.
This rendition, although unique, is in keeping with traditional thematic representations of The Judgment the dawn of a new era.  The traditional Rider-Waite shows grey zombie-corpses arising from their coffins  and prostrating themselves before a large angel, an image of the prophesied Christian Resurrection wherein the “saved” will be brought to heaven before the Final Judgment.  And the Thoth deck pictures the coming Aeon, represented as a toddler-aged Horus, with the latter Aeon, Osiris, in the far background, all in accordance with Aleister Crowley’s own Thelemite prophecies.
The Judgment is thus a card of conditioned freedom.  It heralds the completion of one specific chain of events, the conclusion and transcendence of one dominating narrative, story line, or identity within the querent’s life.  The querent is liberated from who they once were, as if by circumstance.  But in truth, this was a revolution of the heart.  It is, as the saying goes, a whole new ballgame; previous rules and regulations no longer apply.  And that is a very good thing.
Numerological Affiliations: 10 of Wands, 10 of Swords, 10 of Pentacles
Astrological Affiliations: XIII. Death
Next in Suit: XXI. The World
The Pages: Page of Wands,  Page of Cups, Page of Swords
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"My message is to defend any human who is deprived or oppressed.
.رسالتي الدفاع عن الانسان المحروم والمظلوم"
Sayed Musa Al-Sadr (via maysaa90)
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Manly P. Hall. Collection of Alchemical Manuscripts. Box 17. 1600.
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Manly P. Hall. Collection of Alchemical Manuscripts. Box 17. 1600.
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Manly P. Hall. Collection of Alchemical Manuscripts. Box 17. 1600.
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Manly P. Hall. Collection of Alchemical Manuscripts. Box 17. 1600.
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Manly P. Hall. Collection of Alchemical Manuscripts. Box 17. 1600.
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Manly P. Hall. Collection of Alchemical Manuscripts. Box 17. 1600.
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Manly P. Hall. Collection of Alchemical Manuscripts. Box 17. 1600.
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Manly P. Hall. Collection of Alchemical Manuscripts. Box 17. 1600.
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Manly P. Hall. Collection of Alchemical Manuscripts. Box 17. 1600.
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"From the Chaos of the normal is woven apparent simplicity. All the secrets of magic are on open display. That which is truly hidden is our own resistance to this realization."
Phil Hine (via quatrocento)
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The Signs
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"I think therefore I flee"
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Julia Margaret Cameron, Daughters
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The rebirth of the sun, from the Book of the Day, as seen in the tomb of Ramesses VI.
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"To practice black magic you have to violate every principle of science, decency, and intelligence. You must be obsessed with an insane idea of the importance of the petty object of your wretched and selfish desires."
Aleister Crowley, Black Magic is Not a Myth (via rabbitinthemoon)