All Tarot readers are different just like every snowflake and fingerprint. I am really interested in other interpretations of these two cards because in my readings these cards represent unyielding circumstances.
In my spreads, regardless of a timeline or divining storylines, the Judgement card showing up means this is the only way things will be. Whether the card is right side up or inverted, Judgement arriving means that this is the story. We can ask the same question of the cards a million different ways or see how things will be if something different is done, but when this card pops up, it’s time to start facing some facts. When the Judgement card appears inverted, it is like a fast forward switch to show how things over time are to be.
More historic translation of the Judgement card is “resurrecting” past issues, illnesses, or accidents and healing from them. It’s basically a card of renewal.
The World card is the last card of the Major Arcana. In my spreads, the World card represents the end of the story. In Tarot there are many cards that indicate endings, but I see these as pauses. I like to use laundry references in my readings. In laundry we start the washer, add water, clothes and detergent. The laundry goes through different stages of soak, spin, refill, etc. However, when the laundry is washed and dried it’s time to fold and put away. In life, when a relationship, job, or adventure is complete, it’s time to fold and tuck away or we stagnate in a situation that will go no further. It’s time for new beginnings. Just because we decide to begin again doesn’t mean we are fools, but not learning from our experiences can suggest foolishness. When the World card appears inverted it can suggest abrupt endings or changes pushed upon us that are unexpected at the time of the reading or something from the querent’s past that has them needing closure.
More traditional translations of the World card are: things are about to tidy up, things are soon to be whole, all things accounted for, satisfaction, or happiness.
As I sit here writing this blog I look at the lake surrounding my in-laws’ home. There are neighbors canoing, rowing boats, swimming, and basking in the cool New England summer air. I can’t help but think about the many worlds they’ve each lived as individuals, and the many more they are to live in this life we are presented. I can’t help but think of the things that brought them here, me here, and you here to this blog. What do Judgement and the World mean to you?