Justice in the tarot is a card that brings to our attention the laws of the universe, karma – cause and effect – alluring to the fact that all ideas, people and events are interconnected. It foretells important decision making and warns that fairness is the foundation of justice and therefore any good decision making.
Sitting in her thrown the woman (Libra) is donned in a red robe, representing her spiritual enlightenment, but also that she has reached this by working in with the laws of the universe – she is of service to the laws, whilst upholding it.
She is holding a sword upright which infers victory, however the sword is double edged – meaning fairness. The sword indicates victory through finality – cutting out a just outcome that is final. The scales in her other hand are balanced and represent the two sided of the story. The balancing of intuition and logic in fair decision making.
We see her white shoe coming out of the robe, this is the message of karma – the consequences or spiritual consequences of our decisions and behaviours. Sitting between two pillars (representing the material or physical barriers), we see also a purple drape reminding us that compassion is the key to fair decision making. These illustrations are indicative of how we can use compassion and love – universal laws – to resolve conflict and create just decisions that benefit all involved.
Keywords: Justice, fairness, compassion, decisions, karma, truth, law, accountability, judgement, intuition, deserving, balance
Generally the Justice card is saying a fair decision is being called upon, use your heart and intuition and gifts of the universe as the consequences will be great. You will get what you deserve as an outcome depending on the decisions you make. Whatever is happening in your life is a consequence of past decision or whatever is about to happen will be a consequence of your current decisions.
Justice wants us to seek truth, to be conscious of our thoughts and actions. Not to get caught up in external beliefs and hearsay but to be honest with your inner knowing and to direct action based on an honest account of the whole picture. The fairest outcome for all.
In love this card is asking you to be fair based on your emotional truth. This woman is working with the laws of the universe – she understands that we are all connected and she is compassionate.
Look at these parts of you before you make any decision. Selfishness will never work in a relationship, unfairness will lead to loneliness.
She is reminding you that sometimes the best way to navigate a decision in a relationship is by remembering all people involved and that our actions will create an effect. The sword representing that this effect may be final.
It may be portending to an ending of a relationship.
Also, as justice can mean courts and law. It may suggest that a real legal battle is impending and that justice will be met.
This may be in the universal sense – the law of the universe does not work on legal or moral code – things will work out fair in the end, but it may take a while as someone is not making compassionate, altruistic or just decisions.
It may also be suggesting that truth of a situation will be revealed with time.
It is up to the two people to either forgive or to separate. If an injustice is done it does allow for forgiveness and perhaps reconciliation, but only if the person is truly sorry. Remember also you can forgive someone without reconciliation or even without them being sorry.
Justice is a card that needs time – karma – cause and effect may take time as does the process of truth to move through the conscience and into consciousness .
As we sow, we reap somewhere and sometime, int his life or in a future birth. What we reap today is what we have sown either in the present or in the past.
“According to the seed that’s sown,
So is the fruit you reap there from,
Doer of good will gather good,
Doer of evil, evil reaps,
Down is the seed and thou shalt taste
The fruit thereof.”
Karma is a law in itself, which operates in its own field without the intervention of any external, independent ruling agency.
It is never too late to tell the truth. It is never too late to heal a situation. Justice always has potential to amend a heart or situation. But justice can also mean leaving behind that which no longer serves.
If you are single this card portends a possible new relationship that is based on trust and truth and mutual love. It suggests that you have been through the trials of an unjust or unfair past and are now ready to move into something kinder. It is foretelling that you have healed the past and you have moved to a greater stage of consciousness were fairness and truth will guide you towards others with the same understanding.
In work, projects, money and goals this card is saying you will reap what you sow. You will acquire what you deserve based on your choices and actions. There may be no right and wrong but this card does imply effects of actions. If you have put in solid structures, researched your custom, served from a compassionate and friendly space of community, set goals of value, done the work – you will reap the rewards. If not what you are experiencing is a result. The idea here is to make amends, see justice as an opportunity for change and growth.
It can also be asking you to look upon the knowledge of the universe. To seek understanding and use the resources of intuition and spiritual practice to gain realignment.
It is good to be positive and to move with creative visualisation but be sure you are not covering up, be sure your unconscious matter isn’t being denied. Sometimes pushing away reality for positive vision is not allowing the truth (it is a useful tool but be careful) and the potential of growth to arise.
We must work through the shadow side and surrender to the truth to allow in a greater level of compassion and sincere love for self and others. It is calling upon balance.
The justice card calls upon our heart and mind to be working from a space of integrated physical and spiritual fairness. We can be assured that our outer worlds will be a product of our choices and actions and justice will always prevail; even if it takes the illusion of ‘time’ to show us.