Rather than repeat everything, read this post for background on what a Card of the Year is and various ways people calculate and use their card.
For 2022, my Card of the Year is #20, XX Judgement. Shown here are that card from 3 newish decks:
(from Left to Right)
# The Pride Tarot (from US Games);
# ETA (Emerging Toronto Artists) Tarot;
# The Somnia Tarot (by Nicolas Bruno).
At first glance that name, and the common illustrations, may be a bit scary. Who wants to be judged? Or, more precisely, who wants to be judged and found wanting?
Being judged as a winner- or the winner is a pretty good feeling (note that some traumas in society make people very uncomfortable with being told they’re winners).
For me, this card indicates that something is coming to an end; project, phase of life, etc. Major XIII Death also tends to indicate something ending; so I see XX Judgement as being an ending wrapped up in evaluation. Perhaps a strong suggestion that we need to pause and consider not only what we learned (or didn’t) but what others perceive from the outcome.
As queer folx, we are very sensitized to society judging us- Cassandra Snow has a great discussion of Major XX in that context in their book Queering the Tarot* (see pages 62-65).
For me, this card is a reminder of 1 of the 6 Steps in Gratitude & Trust as well as the ubiquitous 12 Steps; if we are taking responsibility for our actions we inherently are reviewing and judging them.
Keep in mind that this card leads to Major XXI The World– which will be my card for 2023 (or one of them, see my previous post for more). This generally indicates the successful (however defined) of a major journey, task, or life. A desirable, positive outcome. Certainly something to look forward to; and work toward.
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** If anyone says you must do any aspect of the Mystical Arts only their way, run. Fundamentalism is the antithesis of the heart and soul of spiritual growth.