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How to Read the Judgment Tarot Card

Learn how to read the Judgment tarot card from expert Ellen Goldberg, M.A. in this Howcast video.


Hello, I'm Ellen Goldberg, and I welcome you to this Tarot moment with this School of Oracles. In this segment we're going to take a look at the judgement card. This card is the card of the sixth stage of spiritual evolution and it is called realization. Now it is the first stage of being an adept and one's sense of individual personality is dropping away.

It's Hebrew letter is one of the three mother letters of the Hebrew alphabet, meaning one of the three most powerful building blocks with which God created the Universe. It is Shin, often called the Holy Letter. In fact Shin, which means "a serpents tooth," is the tooth of the poison that kills or redeems. It's the tooth you must be bitten with in order to drop the personality and let it die in order to grow into a solar unified consciousness with the all with Cosmic Consciousness. In this card we see people rising from their coffins, the sea is the sea of the unconscious. In the Rider-Waite deck these people are drawn grey, not because they're dead and their bodies have become grey, but because they have achieved wisdom and they're rising to a more meaningful existence. We break out of our coffins of limitation on a daily basis.

And we can rise when we hear the call of the inner self. The angel on this card is Gabriel, Archangel of water, and Gabriel has his trumpet. Sound is an important consideration in this card and it intimates that sound is one of the most important tools we have in the liberation and raising of consciousness. Every Chakra has a tone that goes along with it and it's very wonderful to learn to intone these notes as we meditate on Chakra's, or to use mantra, which is Holy Sound. After all, it was said in the [Thates], thousands of years ago, some of our oldest scriptures on earth, "through sound the world stands." Sound, behind sound is vibration, and we know that vibration is really the basis of existence. Everything that is in our world vibrates. We see that it is the wisdom child in the center that is receiving the main vibration and that's us, the regenerated child within us growing.

This is the perpetual intelligence, meaning eternity. We're coming in to an eternal place. I've always found it interesting that in Hebrew every letter has a number and sometimes more than one number, if it's used at the beginning or at the end. But Shin has a very special number because the circle has 360 degrees and the circle has always been used as the symbol of eternity and perpetual going-forth. Guess what the number of shin is? 360, just to ensure that you do not miss the point. I also find it interesting that the name of Jesus has the name Shin, or the letter Shin, right in the middle of the name. Yehoshua was how they pronounced Jesus' name in Hebrew and God's name Yud–Hay–Vov-Hay. Why, they just dropped that Shin right in the middle, Yud-Hay-Shin-Vov-Hay is how you spell Yehoshua. So there is a connection deep inside with all these beautiful, spiritual paths. Rise to a higher state when you get this card and it's in its higher polarity it's listening to the inner call. It's moving away from the past, dropping the personality. It's taking a step.

This card says whatever it is that you are asking about, do it. Just get off your butt and do it. On the lower polarity it's the refusal to heed the call, it's blocking it, and therefore consigning yourself more to a living death than to a new life.


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