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Term: judgement

DEFINITIONS

Judgment: One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered XX. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Resh. In the system of the Golden Dawn, Judgment corresponds to the Hebrew letter Shin and the element of Fire.

Judgment:

Also spelled "Judgement" and sometimes called "The Last Judgment, it's the 20th Major Arcanum of the Tarot.

Image: resurrection day with an angel blowing a trumpet as the dead arise from their graves

Hebrew letter: Shin

Divinatory meaning: renewal, rebirth, the final outcome

Path on the Tree of Life: The 31st path connecting Malkuth to Hod.

Qabalistic Description. The 20th Key, the 31 Path. The Spirit of Primal Fire. This path connects Hod and Malkuth, and is the first path undertaken for conscious growth and psychic development. Shin means tooth, providing the physical energy needed for conscious development. It is judgment that enables conscious and willed action.

Card Description.  The three trumps attributed to the Elemental Paths are perhaps the most difficult to understand. They represent the action of forces exterior to the experience of humanity, not the influence of environment but the impact of the Supernals (Kether, Chokmah, and Binah) upon the sublunary (below Yesod).

In the Air we have pure spirit holding in leash the lust of the flesh. In water, the sublimating power of sacrifice. Here in Fire, we are shown the cosmic forces concentrating on the pilgrim from all sides. Judgment is pronounced upon him. He is not the judge nor does decision rest in his hands. Lazarus cannot emerge from the Sepulcher until the voice cries out, "Come forth!" Nor can he cast aside the conflicting grave-clothes until the command, "Loose him!" is given. Man of himself is helpless. The impulse to ascend must come from above, but by its power he may transcend the sepulcher of environment and cast aside the trammels of desire. Here once more, the fiery energy of red burns through the planes. Fiery scarlet, glowing crimson, burning red are emphasized by the passive greens.

Interpretation. Final decision. Judgment. Sentence. Determination of a matter without appeal on its plane.

Psychological Value: This Arcanum allows you to contact an upper reality located above the limitations of your reasoning mind. It helps you to develop your intuitive faculties during relaxation and sleep. You may also use this Arcanum if you want to enhance your ability to listen to others, as well as achieving a form of receptivity that is open onto every dimension of reality. It also allows you to develop your decisiveness and will power. (According to the Divine Arcana of the Aurum Solis—Divinity: Aphrodite (2nd Aspect);  Greek Letter: Zeta.)


source: Llewellyn's Complete Book of Psychic Empowerment,by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke & Joe H. Slate (Llewellyn Publications) - Carl Llewellyn Weschcke

Also See: Le JugementThe Last JudgmentJudgementThe Last Judgement

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