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August 17, 2009

The Justice Tarot Card

The Justice Tarot Card based on Rider-Waite

When it is time for you to do the right thing, make a big move that involves absolutes or to accept responsibility for some of your actions and move on, the Tarot deck will reveal the Justice Card in your reading. There is little you will be able to back out of once you set the course demanded by the Tarot's Justice.

She sits on an unadorned stone seat, wearing the red robes of a servant to the court and a simple crown on her head. Hanging between two gray stone pillars, a cloth behind her obscures a golden sky. In her left hand is a scale, evenly balanced. In her right hand is a sword held upright.

The robe and crown denote her status as a servant above the reprimands of authority but beholden to the law. The scales represent opposing arguments, both sides of the story, the possibilities of what will happen depending on the choices you make. The sword represents the finality of the decision you will make – the sword will cut the possibilities of other things happening.

Meaning in Past, Present and Future Positions

Each Tarot reading finds cards landing in positions representing your past, present and future. When the Justice card lands in the past position, the foundation of your current situation can be traced to a decision you made a while ago. Be it marriage, divorce, having children or leaving home for college, think as to what it might have been. The choice that you made then was the definite beginning of a new chapter of your life and a severance with your past. Justice does not weigh in on whether you made a bad choice or a good choice. This card only weighs in to certify that your choice indicated an absolute break from the many possibilities life was offering you.

In the present position, the Justice card represents a situation facing you that requires a decision. The card alone does not indicate the specific nature of the decision you are being moved to make. It could be a decision involving your educational future, your love life, the path a good friendship might be taking, the purchase or selling of real estate, taking a particular job – it could be something epic in your life plan or something that appears to be a small decision in the scheme of things. The presence of the Justice card in your Tarot reading indicates that your coming decision is an irreversible one and that your free will in making it will be a force that pours a foundation on which the rest of your life may be setting.

When the Justice card appears in the future position of your Tarot reading, the things that you are working on in your life now are inevitably leading you toward having to make a big decision. We think of many things in life as solid, but no matter how firm they are, most things are fleeting or transitory. The deepest friendships of our youth are affected by geography and the shift of what we choose to do with our lives. These shifts are imperceptibly slow, but it is as if they do not actually change until we notice that they are changing; by then they are too far removed from what they once were to ever be again as we lived them. The Tarot is telling you to get ready for a big change no matter how minor a decision you are about to make.

Card Combinations

The cards that are placed into your reading influence one another. Each card informs other parts of the reading and is strongest in impacting the cards dealt closest to it.

When Justice appears in a reading with The Magician card, someone who is trying to get you to make a decision is misleading you. It is important to get all the facts. When The High Priestess is paired with Justice, someone close to you has all the answers to give you the best advice possible at this time, but you will have to approach this person.

As resolute as the Justice card is in indicating that a coming decision is bound to have an impact, it can be a maddening riddle regarding what the decision will be – is the card indicating the decision to make an appointment for another Tarot reading next month or the decision to move in with your boyfriend early next year?

If there are many cards from the same suit in your reading, this is a good indicator of what Justice is declaring as your coming impactful decision. Pentacles are cards that underscore the material plane. Lots of these cards in a reading with Justice indicate a big financial decision is looming.

When the suit of Swords figures prominently in your reading and the Justice card is present, the coming impactful decision will definitely be announced to those that will be feeling its effects. If the suit of Cups is all over your reading along with Justice, the decision you make regarding a love relationship will shape the rest of your life. A reading that sees the Justice card in the presence of many cards from the suit of Wands indicates that a business or creative decision made soon will have a measurable impact on your career for years to come.

The Justice card has a special relationship with the Aces of each suit. Be it the Ace of Pentacles, Swords, Cups or Wands, the presence of any Ace in a reading with the Justice card gives the decision you are about to make a special blessing – a little luck in your corner as you severe the path to the past and move forward on your journey.

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