The World


And when we finally are able to do so – to listen Judgement and accept and love ourselves fully? We are here, in the World.

We now understand the Fool’s journey.

Self-actualisation. Becoming. Being whole. Understanding our totality, our completeness. Realizing that we are one in the Universe and embracing that truth on a deep, personal level in our bones, hearts, minds, and souls.

The world is nearing completion. It may take place in the massive, personal-transforming way that I described, or in smaller ways. Realizing a large project. The end of a difficult journey. It’s the culmination of all your hard work, all the lessons learned and all the effort you have put in. It’s the pinnacle. It is the final milestone. The end.

As we have seen, completion of a cycle can carry within it the seed for a new beginning. Rebirth is contained within death. The path to liberation is through judgment. The Tower gives us a blank canvas. The Wheel… it spins and turns. We are always faced with the possibility of starting again, when we reach the point of fulfillment inherent in the world.

We conquer the World. We celebrate. We then go back to the beginning. We become again the Fool.

Advice from around the world

If you believe that there is, this could be about discovering your soul’s calling. Listening to what you really want. Living the life that you want. You can be the person you want to become (hint: it’s already inside you – all you have to do is step into it).

Consider what the concept of “completion” means to you. How would you feel if you felt complete? To feel complete, to have all your parts merged into one and to be in alignment with your soul’s desires. It’s about living truthfully. Take some time to think about what this means.

Your goal is represented by the World. You can know when you are working towards something that the end is near or that your goal matters and is worth the effort. It might be asking you focus (like the Chariot). It is encouraging you to strive for your goals.

You have evolved. You have changed. You’ve been through a whole cycle and have learned valuable lessons about yourself. This is something you should celebrate. Host a party! Have fun, dance! This is a wonderful, unforgettable moment. You can be proud of yourself. This is possible. It was possible.

All of this, this energy of wholeness will soon fade. As life changes again, it will fade and you’ll be able to begin over. You are stronger, smarter, and more you than when you started. Your next adventure will be new, with new challenges and new experiences. You are the Fool filled with endless possibilities, so surrender to this cyclical flow.

Key words and concepts


Feeling whole

Knowing your place in the world and having a sense for it is key.

Deeply connected to all things

Attaining your goal

Finalizing projects and bringing them to an end

Concentrate on your goal


Prepare to start over

Common symbols

A dancer (pure self-expression)

Flags (movement, joy)

Wands (magic).

Circles (wholeness and completion, cycles)

20. Judgment

Take it all and then let it go

After some very difficult ups and downs, many lessons, som hard work, all those moments and moments of greatness, carity, depth and courage, we now reach the penultimate Major Arcana card. It is the World, the entire world, which represents fulfilment and wholeness.

However, before we can reach that lofty goal, there is one more challenge.

Judgement is a significant card. It is a card that carries themes of accountability, just like Justice and the Wheel. This is about being honest and truthful with ourselves.

Judgement is a calling. A trumpet blowing from an angel. The Universe’s voice. It is now. You have a huge decision to make when you hear this call.

To face your whole life. To see everything. It is to own everything. Both your successes and failures. Both the good and the bad. All the things you are proud of and all the things you wish you had done differently. It is yours, and you must take it all.

Freedom is the reward for this hard work. Judgement asks you to face your fears and accept them. Self-acceptance is the key to freedom. However, it can be very difficult because it requires us to face our greatest fears: our imperfect, scarred and messy selves.

Honor all of who you are. Recognize the present moment, and all you bring to it. Some of our baggage can be helpful in this life. For example, love and lessons. Some of it can be harmful, such as anger or guilt. Judgement allows you to clean the slate – to take responsibility for all your actions and to then let it go with respect, grace, and love.

Then you are free to move on into a new phase of your life. You will feel lighter, more free, less encumbered, self aware, yet free, and fully accept your present. This is the echo of Death, where you say goodbye to a cycle and end it. Judgement, however, asks you to take action – particularly in the area of forgiveness. You are free from guilt and anger and you no longer feel weighed down with insecurity and grudges. Instead, you choose to live in the moment, to your growth and renewal.

Today is a brand new day. From here, you can move forward.

Advice from Judgement

People who stand at crossroads will be judged (that’s the cross on an angel’s flag, as shown in some decks). It states: You have a choice. Are you going to stay the same as you are or do you listen to this call? Are you ready to move toward liberation or remain still? Are you ready for the truth? Are you ready for unconditional love?

Only by being completely honest with ourselves, can we move forward.

Forgiveness. This is forgiveness. Forgive yourself. Accept your mistakes and allow them to be. Recognize the pain and hurt you have caused, and acknowledge the things you did not do well. Forgive yourself. Let it go. It’s okay. You’re not the same person as before, but a person who has grown and learned. Let it be.

To forgive others. You can forgive others if you hold a grudge. It’s not worth your time, it’s an old energy, a dead burden.

This forgiveness work requires that you put in a lot of effort. It is not always easy. Forgiveness requires more than just saying “I forgive you”. It might take several days, weeks, or months to unpick and accept the complex sadnesses and guilt that lie behind guilt and/or grudges. With the Judgement card at your side, however, you can work towards this.

Key words and concepts

Liberation, freedom and the letting go of shackles

Transferring old baggage


Total accountability for oneself

Integrity and honesty


Forgiveness for others


Letting go

Moving forward is possible by allowing yourself to be open

Here are some common symbols

Horn (hear a call)

Angel (transcendence call from ‘above”)

People, birds, and other animals “rising up” (the soul transcending, lightness).