Judgement (tarot card)

The Judgment (XX) from the Rider–Waite tarot deck

Judgement (XX), or in some decks spelled Judgment, is a tarot card, part of the Major Arcana suit usually comprising 22 cards.

Card meanings

  • Judgement
  • Rebirth
  • Inner-calling
  • Absolution
  • Karma
  • Causality
  • Second chance


The traditional scene is modeled after Christian imagery of the Resurrection and Last Judgment. An angel, possibly Metatron, probably Israfil, is depicted blowing a great trumpet, from which hangs the flag of St. George, which references the 15th chapter of 1 Corinthians. A group of resurrected people (man, woman, and child) of sallow complexion stand, arms spread, looking up at the angel in awe. The Sleeping Dead are emerging from crypts or graves, calling back to the Book of Revelation chapter 20, where the sea gives up its dead. There are snow-covered mountains in the background indicating a winter theme, similar to The Hermit, as a symbolical ending.

Alternative decks

In Media

In the manga JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Stardust Crusaders, characters' powers (also known as 'Stands') are named after tarot cards. The Judgement 'stand' belongs to Cameo, a minor antagonist. It has the ability to “grant wishes” by using clay to create whatever the target wishes for and then having the clay construct kill the target. Resembling traits of the reverse Judgement card, such as deception.

In the indie game Helltaker, the final demon girl the Helltaker finds is Judgement, titled "The High Prosecutor". She wears an arm band with an XX (20 in roman numerals) on it, referencing the 20th tarot card, Judgement. She also can be connected to some of the cards meanings, such as her role as a high prosecutor (judgement) punishing sinners (karma), her apparently being a fallen angel (rebirth) as well as her letting the Helltaker go and even joining him (second chance).

In The House of the Dead, each of its bosses in the mainline series are named after the Major Arcana Tarot Cards (excluding The Devil.) The first boss in its second installment (Type-28) is named after the Judgement card. Judgement consists of two separate entities, a winged imp-like creature (Zeal) and a giant, headless suit of armor (Kuarl), Zeal is Judgement's "weakpoint." The duo work in unison to defeat the players, which ultimately fails, they make a second appearance in the penultimate stage alongside previous bosses.

See also

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