Symbology in Tarot—Major Arcana Part XI

Today we are discussing “Judgement” and “The World.”


This card shows the Archangel Gabriel blowing his trumpet to announce  Big Change. He is calling on all mortals to raise from their graves to face the Final Judgement. We see naked men, women and children rising from their resting places, arms outstretched and looking up into the sky. The mountain range in the background represents not only the unsurmountable obstacles we find in our lives, but also the impossibility of avoiding judgement in them. Meg Hayertz said: “By card 20 in the Fool’s journey of the Major Arcana, we have experienced nearly every major type of human experience. We are now able to accept a higher calling.” This card can represent a rite of passage but also the possibility that you are asked to make a critical judgement call at work, college, family, associations, etc. Temperance and Star reinforce the Judgement’s call for release and cleansing. The number 20 represents unity and reconciliation; the number 2 represents critical equilibrium and choice. Its astrological association is Pluto, the planet influencing profound transformations.

Upright Judgement

When this card appears, there ae two great possibilities. They are:

  1. Embrace a Higher level of Consciousness: you must rise to the occasion.
  2. Engage in a Life Changing Decision: you must recur to your Intuition and Intellect.

Biddy Tarot said: “You have reviewed and evaluated your past experiences and have learned from them. All the pieces of the puzzle of your life are coming together to form one unified picture of your life story. This integration has healed deep wounds, and you can now put the past behind you…This purging process will leave you refreshed and ready to take on new challenges.” You must also find spiritual comfort by sharing your experiences with others to support them in moments of need.

Reversed Judgement

This card calls for a period of pause and reflection. The Universe is calling you for a Higher Mission, but you are not listening to it. It could be that you are not willing to bear the sacrifices any major transformation entails or that you want to play it safe. Any major change in our personal or social parameters, is a little traumatic in the beginning, to say the least. But if you do not move, you risk exposing yourself to forces that will be out of control. You Inner Voice is talking to you loud and clear.

Note. This reproduction of Botticelli’s L’Annunziazione di Cestello was taken from Wikimedia Commons.

Philosophical significance

The Archangel Gabriel blows the trumpet to announce the return of God to Earth. In the Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) this angel appears in their holy books. In the Hebrew Bible, he appeared to the prophet Daniel to express his views; together with the Archangel Gabriel, they protect the Land of Israel. In the Gospel of Luke, we find the story of the Annunciation: Gabriel appears to Zachariah and the Virgin Mary, foretelling the births of John the Baptist and Jesus. In the Quran, God sends Gabriel to meet many prophets, including Muhammad. The fact that this angel appears here gives more relevance to the message of change.

XXI—The World

This card shows a naked woman wrapped only with a purple cloth, dancing inside a laurel wreath, glancing sideways at The Past, but resolutely moving to The Future. She has two wands in her hands, representing a process that had started with the Magician and will end up in The World. The circular wreath represents a continuous cycle of completion and new beginnings. There are four cardinal figures in each corner: a lion, a bull, a cherub, and an eagle. They represent the four fixed signs of the Zodiac: Leo, Taurus, Aquarius, and Scorpio respectively. They also represent the Four Elements and Tarot’s Compass points.

Upright World

When this card appears, it means that a long-term project, i.e. a work project, a college degree, a partnership, etc., has come to fruition and it is time to celebrate. You are feeling satisfied with your great achievement, and it is time to celebrate. But do not get carried away by just rejoicing on your success. Do not rush forth yet. It is also time to reflect on your difficult journey and to rightly express your gratitude. Remember that there were many people that have supported you in so many ways. Not only look back to celebrate and express gratitude, but also tie any loose ends. It is dangerous moment too as you might lose focus and start goofing around. Beware.

Reversed World

You are seeking some kind of closure in a very personal issue. You must let go of the past and move on with our life. After some personal tragedy, to achieve an efficient closure requires a very personal touch; there are usually no ready-made formulas. In order to fulfill a big task you must segment your pathway and accomplish your planned objectives in a succession of small steps, one at a time. We do remember a poster that we had watched several years ago in the Argentine School of New York that stated: “There are no shortcuts for life’s greatest achievements.” For an unusually big project, you must prepare yourself to work hard and make many sacrifices; do not try to take the easiest pathway because it may be riddled with traps. But once you reach you major goal, you will feel an immense sense of fulfillment.

Philosophical significance

There are many representations of Women at the Top of the Universe but almost none In the Center of it. For a detailed discussion of this subject, we urge you to read our new book Emotional Frustration – the Hushed Plague where we fully tackle it.

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Don’t leave me alone.

Buona Domenica con una bellissima Gnochiatta con Polpete di Manzo

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good evening and Happy Sunday to you. Last week we signed a contract with Sky Connection Partners, an innovative Literary Agency in Baltimore, Maryland, run by an executive with plenty of experience and contacts in the US Publishing industry. We painstakingly edited the manuscript of Emotional Frustration – the Hushed Plague, correcting some typos, improving some sentences and updating the text as its first draft had been written two years ago, at the start of the pandemic. We believe that we are doing a good job and soon you will be able to enjoy a much better version of it.

And what dish we decided to prepare today so we could have good luck in this new endeavor?

GNOCCHI OF COURSE. Remember that we, Italians and Italian-Americans, like to eat gnocchi on the 29th of each month and many other times to get BUONA FORTUNA. And as we are so superstitious… We prepared a fresh tomato sauce with San Marzano tomatoes, onions, peppers, walnuts, seasoning with turmeric, oregano, pepper, onion powder, etc., and pre-cooked polpete di manzo (meatballs)

What do you think of our dish? Would you accept an invitation to join us at hour humble table?

This serving is for you. Please join us per questo buon cibo ed conversazione insieme su la tavola.



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Our book for £ 0.99? Bollocks!

Dear readers and fellow bloggers in the United Kingdom:

Good morning. Today at 8 AM GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) we will start a Kindle Countdown promotion of our book Emotional Frustration – the Hushed Plague with a starting price of £ 0.99 that will run in one unit increments for one week, until reaching its original list price of £ 7.29.

We could not forget the beautiful people in the UK, especially now that our dearest son Gian Luca is sporting a Mercian Regiment béret in his stand-up comedy presentations. Remember his look?

Are you saying that our fabulous book is now costing almost a third of £ 2.40, the cheapest price for a pint of Guinness beer found only in Wales? Bollocks! This is a deal that you can’t ignore, mate!!!

Make haste and punch away to get this deal right away. And if you like it, please write a review.


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Thank you President Joseph Biden!!!

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Yesterday we went to the Coral Gables office of Federal Express to send several copies of our book Emotional Frustration – the Hushed Plague to a few notables to thank them. Foremost amongst them, was President Joseph Biden, on whose watch we could get vaccinated. When he assumed the presidency of this country in the middle of a terrible pandemic, we half-jokingly wrote an article titled Mad Max (Joe) come to our rescue, imploring the help of the road warrior. As the fans of that cult movie know, that dystopian world was precisely set in the year 2021.

Has it been just a coincidence? Who knows…Anyway we do know that, considering the collateral effects that we suffered after being injected with the three Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine shots,  if we had encountered this nasty virus somewhere out there, it would have killed us. Like it did to our dear Uncle José Luis Garbarino in Montevideo last January 6. The Day of the Epiphany. The irony of it.

In the picture above you can see the genteel Héctor, taking care of this all too precious shipment.

Thank you very much, beautiful people of Federal Express, for helping us pay this debt of high honor.

God Bless our dear President Biden and keep illuminating his treacherous path in the D.C. swamps.

God Bless the Unique United States of America.

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Don’t leave me alone.

Our book for U$ 0.99? Who luvs ya, baby?!!!

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Today at 8 AM Pacific Time (11 AM Eastern Time) the Kindle Countdown Deal for our book Emotional Frustration – the Hushed Plague will start with an extremely low listing price of U$ 0.99 for each copy, slowly incrementing over one week until reaching back its regular listing price of U$ 9.99 on October 12.

Doesn’t it look like a bargain, folks? What can you buy for one dollar? You need this break!

Like the unforgettable Telly Savalas used to say in the Kojak  series: Who luvs ya, baby?

Stop procrastinating and make that little humongous move of clicking your keyboard to buy it. What  have you got to lose? Your Innocence about the realities of our daily social and love interactions?

If you’d rather not know what’s going on in your hubby’s heart, behind that all too polite smile…

We totally understand. Don’t wake up. Ignorance can be a blessing in disguise. Sweet dreams.

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Don’t leave me alone.

Bourreau impitoyable des pauvres cœurs désespérés?

Chers (chères) lecteurs (lectrices), chers (chères) blogueurs (blogueuses):

Bon jour. La première réaction après la publication du Emotional Frustration – the hushed plague est arrivée , parmi les possibles dizaines, d’une chère lectrice parisienne dont nous voudrions garder la vraie identité. Elle nous a écrit le suivant:

J’adore ton bouquin. Finallement quelqu’un ose raconter le vraie désir des femmes d’auhourdhui. J’ai commencé à le lire lundi matin et comme j’étais tellement accrochée j’ai loupée mon bouleau. Après j’ai inventée une excuse que j’avais un peu de fièvre pour mon boss…Si, je l’avais, mais de lire tes examples de notre souffrance quotidienne dans cette dingue de société….Putain! Il faut changer.

Comment est-ce que tu connais tellement la vie intérieure des nanas? Ne réponds pas, enfoirée!!!

T’es le bourreau impitoyable des pauvres cœurs désespérés. J’aime ton livre, mais je t’hais.”

Bourreau, moi? Pour quoi est-ce-qu’elle est arrivée à cette conclusion si radicalle de notre esprit?

S’il vous plait, aidez-moi. Lisez le livre et dites-moi votre sincère opinion….J’attends vos réponses.

Restez distants. Restez à l’abri. Restez en sécurité.

Qu’est-ce-que vous en pensez? Dïtes-nous.

Ne me laissez pas seul.

C’est parti !

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon. Our long and winding quest for Emotional Frustration – the hushed plague is coming to a conclusion with the availability of our book in Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites.

Here is the link for the online Amazon bookstore.

And here is the link for the online Barnes and Noble bookstore.

The official date of publication is August 16, two days after our dearest Father Mario‘s birthday. As our family’s pioneering intellect that endowed us with artistic skills, we must first thank him for it.

Muchas gracias Papá!

We must also recognize the excellent team of Outskirts Press for patiently, diligently helping us.

It seems that the gnochiatta we prepared the day before yesterday brought us good luck indeed.

Never underestimate the effectiveness of powers that have not fully revealed themselves just yet.

Merde !!!

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Don’t leave me alone.

Anxiously waiting with a bellissima gnocchiatta

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. We are waiting for the publication of Emotional Frustration- the hushed plague any moment now and that beautiful anxiety prodded us yesterday to prepare a good omen dish. What better choice for us, Italian Americans, than a dish of gnocchi with a sauce of meatballs?

As you already know from our previous article, the tradition of eating gnocchi on the 29th of each month is a millenary endeavor that had been transferred to all the Italian citizens living abroad. We follow it so our families can enjoy good health, full employment and happiness to be all together.

Will this work for our book’s publication too? We do not know. What we do know is that this dish was delicious and we ate it with our son Gian Luca last night to celebrate. Buon appetito! Auguri!

Stay tuned for the upcoming news about the book’s publication.

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What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.



Our new book is ready

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. After more than six months of methodical, relentless, and, yes exhausting too, editing we approved the final Galley Proofs VIII that will enable our publisher, Outskirts Press, to publish our book Emotional Frustration – the hushed plague in both physical and digital formats soon. Here is a screenshot of how the final product will look like when located on the book shelf or computer.

Below you can see a screenshot of the great front cover designed by our dear daughter Noël Marie.

To hopefully tickle your curiosity we include a screenshot of the text in the back cover. Interested?

Thank you very much for all the expressions of support that we have received in the past months. We hope that you will find its reading informative, challenging and exciting at the same time.


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Don’t leave me alone.