Judgement (Tarot card)

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The Judgment (XX). Rider-Waite deck.

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

Description[edit]

The scene is modeled after the Christian Resurrection before the Last Judgment. An angel, possibly Gabriel, is depicted blowing a great trumpet, from which hangs a white flag bearing a red cross. A group of humans (man, woman, and child) of grayish complexion stand, arms spread, looking up at the angel in awe. The people are apparently emerging from crypts or graves. There are huge mountains or tidal waves in the background. These may be a reference to the sea giving up its dead on the day of judgment, as described in the Book of Revelation.

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Popular culture[edit]

  • The first boss of The House of the Dead 2, a light gun game by Sega, takes its name from the Judgment card, and is depicted as a winged imp (Zeal) and a giant headless armored zombie wielding a battle axe as its puppet (Kuarl). All of the bosses in the House of the Dead series derive their names from the Major Arcana. Kuarl was said to have been based on Curien's "The Chariot", and Zeal "The Hangedman" (sic).
  • In the SNES video game Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen, the Judgement Tarot card depicts a female angel pointing her trumpet down south and ready to blow her trumpet while hovering from a cloudy sky. On drawing the card after liberation of one of the towns, it increases the characters' HP by 2 points, and uses a pulsating blast of holy energy that also instantly pulverizes undead enemy units and damages said enemy units that have low alignment when used in battle.[1]
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, the wish-granting Stand Judgement, seen in the third arc, belongs to minor antagonist Cameo.
  • Along with other Major Arcana, Judgement is a playable character in Data East's puzzle video game series, Magical Drop.
  • The Judgement card, along with the other Tarot cards of the Major Arcana, appears in the 2011 video game, The Binding of Isaac, and its 2014 remake, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, where they act as consumable items with varying effects. Judgement creates an NPC called a beggar; the player's treatment of beggars determines the likelihood of several possible events.
  • The Judgement card is indirectly referenced to represent Sans the Skeleton in the role-playing indie game Undertale, as he is the last monster encountered in the underground (in the "Judgement Hall"), apparently to judge the player for their sins.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ogre Battle - Tarot Cards". Fantasyanime.com. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 

External links[edit]

  • The Judgment from Learning the Tarot: A Tarot Book for Beginners - Joan Bunning