The Last Judgement
I have said that this symbol is essentially invariable in
all Tarot sets, or at least the variations do not alter its
character. The great angel is here encompassed by clouds,
but he blows his bannered trumpet, and the cross as usual is
displayed on the banner.
The dead are rising from their tombs-a woman on the right, a
man on the left hand, and between them their child, whose
back is turned. But in this card there are more than three
who are restored, and it has been thought worth while to
make this variation as illustrating the insufficiency of
It should be noted that all the figures are as one in the
wonder, adoration and ecstasy expressed by their attitudes.
It is the card which registers the accomplishment of the
great work of transformation in answer to the summons of the
Supernal-which summons is heard and answered from within.
Herein is the intimation of a significance which cannot well
be carried further in the present place. What is that within
us which does sound a trumpet and all that is lower in our
nature rises in response-almost in a moment, almost in the
twinkling of an eye? Let the card continue to depict, for
those who can see no further, the Last Judgment and the
resurrection in the natural body; but let those who have
inward eyes look and discover therewith.
They will understand that it has been called truly in the
past a card of eternal life, and for this reason it may be
compared with that which passes under the name of