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Upright: Justice, fairness, truth, cause and effect, law
Reversed: Unfairness, lack of accountability, dishonesty
The figure of Justice sits in front of a loosely-hung purple veil, signifying compassion, and between two pillars, similar to those in the High Priestess and the Hierophant, which symbolise balance, law and structure.
She holds a sword in her right hand, demonstrating the logical, well-ordered mindset necessary to dispense fair justice. The sword is raised upwards – an expression of a firm and final decision – and is double-edged, signifying that there are always consequences to our actions. The scales are in her left, intuitive hand, showing that logic must be balanced by intuition. The scales are also a symbol of impartiality and that decisions about what’s right and wrong should be made without bias or prejudice. She wears a crown with a small square on it representing well-ordered thoughts, and a red robe with a green mantle. A little white shoe pops out from beneath her clothing as a reminder of the spiritual consequences of your actions.
NOTE: The Tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider Waite cards.
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Put simply, the Justice card represents justice, fairness, truth and the law. You are being called to account for your actions and will be judged accordingly. If you have acted in a way that is in alignment with your Higher Self and for the greater good of others, you have nothing to worry about. However, if you have acted in a way that is out of alignment, you will be called out and required to own up to your actions. If this has you shaking in your boots, know that the Justice card isn’t as black and white as you may think. There is a level of compassion and understanding that goes along with Justice, and although you may have done something you regret, this card suggests that you will be treated fairly and without bias. Be ready to take responsibility for your actions and be accountable for the ensuing consequences.
If you are seeking justice, then the Justice card is a positive sign that justice will indeed be served. You may be part of a legal case or awaiting a final judgement from the courts or a significant authority or institution. A ruling will be passed down shortly. Once the decision is made, it is important that you accept this decision and move on. There are no retrials or second chances with the upright Justice card.
The Justice card often appears when you need to make an important decision and you are becoming increasingly aware of the long-term consequences your decisions will have. Make decisions consciously by connecting with your inner guidance system (AKA intuition) and asking for the answer that is most in alignment with the greatest good of all. Be aware of the impact your decisions will have on your well-being and the well-being of others. And be ready to stand by your decisions, as you will be held to account for the choices you make. You need to be able to ask yourself, "Do I fundamentally stand by my decisions and accept the consequences of my actions?" If you cannot, then dig deeper, plunge into the shadows of what is right and wrong, until you find the place where you can stand in integrity and strength with the decisions you make.
At is core, Justice is about the search for truth. As you explore your truth, you will discover that truth is not as black and white as you had originally thought. Be prepared to dip into the murky waters and explore what truth really means to you. Be consciously aware of what you believe to be true and what you believe to be fair and ethical. It may not be as clear-cut as you think, so be prepared to challenge yourself and to explore new territories of your belief system.
The reversed Justice card can suggest that internally, you know that you’ve done something that isn’t morally right. Others may not know about it yet, so you have a choice – you can either hide it and hope no-one finds out, or you can own up to your mistakes and take focused action to resolve the situation. Whichever choice you make, you will need to live with the consequences and it will be on your conscience, so choose the option that feels right for you.
Similarly, Justice reversed suggests that you are not willing to take full accountability for your actions and may be trying to ‘dodge the bullet’ and blame others for your mistakes. Ultimately, you are being dishonest to yourself and others, and you are missing the deeper lesson for you because you are unwilling to look beyond your own fears and ego. Assess the situation once more, this time with the intention of discovering where you can accept some of the responsibility. Once you have accepted where you made a mistake, do whatever you can to make it right again. In doing so, you will free yourself from any guilt or shame, and will empower yourself to make better decisions in the future.
The reversed Justice card can indicate your inner critic is in full effect. You may be evaluating your every move and coming down hard on yourself when you make a mistake. If this resonates, start from a place of forgiveness and self-acceptance. Show yourself some kindness and compassion, knowing that we all make mistakes. Thank your inner critic for bring this to your conscious awareness, and trust that you can now clear away any of this internal judgement.
If you are making an important decision that will impact others, be aware if you are holding on to any prejudice or bias that could sway your decision unfairly. You may need to source more information to make a more balanced decision. Or you may need to shine the light on your own personal judgements and clear these before making the important decision.
If you are engaged in a legal matter, you may be concerned about an unfair outcome. You may dispute the final judgement, calling into question the legal process. Or, there may be legal complications or something that gets in the way of justice being served.