Easter is an excellent time to consider that the doctrine of the resurrection leads straight to that of judgement, which like Karma, leads to the moment when the ‘rewards’ for your past efforts appear.
Sounds scary, I admit. But the wisdom of the Tarot suggests that for those who’ve met certain preconditions, judgement is a time of transformation, healing, and – at long last – becoming whole.
So what are those preconditions? The symbolism on the card makes them clear.
The three persons who are being resurrected from the square grave embody the trinity (divinity), which is now freed from the quarternity (the earthly world). This suggests that what is authentic, essential, and divine in you is liberated but only to the extent you have been true to yourself.
Through its cross sum, Judgement (XX) connects to The High Priestess (II), to which the cross sum of Strength (XI) also leads. This link makes clear that commitment and a will to life (Strength) are preconditions of the redemption and healing of Judgment, which comes not from your actions but from the mercy dispensed by the High Priestess if – and only if – you’ve allowed yourself to be guided by a higher power than your own.
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