Well, something is going to have to go in order to move forward - the question is will you have control over what it is?
The five crows spar playfully as they try to one-up their rivals. This is all in good fun for now as they learn from each other valuable skills in the event that they face a real battle in the future.
The Five of Wands represents a past of playing around, of testing out the waters without truly committing. This may be jumping from job to job and learning various skills along the way without mastering a trade. The energy around this card is one of play and getting together with others as a means to show off your skills and maybe learn a few new ones. For some - this may reflect a period during your life where you wasted time goofing off, for others this may represent a much needed time of connecting with others on a less serious level so that creativity can grow and new ideas can form.
The crow of Judgement calls out for those who have made the decision to move into a place of rebirth and soul-purpose. It is at this juncture that those who are ready to face their truth will rise up and own their complete history - acknowledging their weaknesses and strengths with kindness and understanding so that any negative energy around these areas can be released.
At the heart of today's reading is a time of feeling pulled in different directions - you are at a crossroads of sorts. There are decisions to be made and it will be through an act of free will today that will directly impact to future. How you proceed now is not a light decision to make as it will result in a significant shift in your life. Perhaps you are ready to stop "goofing off" ( Five of Wands ) and are ready to commit to a single idea - one that will be life-changing. Judgement in this position may also reflect a readiness to take all that you have learned from your past and transition with that knowledge to the next level. This is a time to get real with what you want and where you want to go - whether that be physically, spiritually - or both.
The crow releases from his body, as it no longer serves any purpose. The wings no longer hold flight - it's body is rigid and heavy. Free to explore the world with a lightness and a ease - unrestricted by fear of pain the crow flies off to discover a new life.
On the other side of Judgement is Death and this indicates that something is going to be released - and with it change is inevitable.
Whether it be a relationship, a job, or something else - there is something in your life that is dead weight and it will come to an end. This may point to a limiting self-belief that surfaces as a result of the Judgement energy at the present moment. It may be realizing that a relationship is toxic or emotionally draining and because of this, you don't operate at your best when with this person and break-up or end your friendship. You may find that your position has been terminated at that job you dread going to every day - yet haven't found the courage to quit.
Change is in the air..be ready.
Personally - when I see the Death card I look inward and ask what beliefs have been weighing me down - or what habits have I fallen into that need to be let go so that my life is more flexible and "light" filled? It's usually a good reminder that I am holding on to something that is keeping me from moving onward and upward.
"I died as a mineral and became a plant, I died as a plant and rose to animal, I died as an animal and I was Man. Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?" ~Rumi