Judgement

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JUDGEMENT Marseille Tarot
from the Marseille Tarot
illustrated by Jean Dodal
JUDGEMENT Rider-Waite Tarot
from the Rider-Waite Tarot
illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith




Judgement Day - we think Apocalypse, pay-back time
When debts are due and all history becomes apparent
But here they seem relaxed, that couple now with a child
Who rise to the occasion hands clasped to pray
As if attending church on an ordinary sunday.

The angel’s trumpet calls them out of the waters
Like some evolutionary spur to inhabit the land.
The banner shows a crossroads as if to say
All roads lead to here, judge and be judged
By your judgement; you can continue or turn away.



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Waite's card shows the couple(s) emerging from floating coffins or graves -
a confusing mixed metaphor?