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Deck Creator’s Keywords: decisions, karma
Carrie’s Keywords: justice, integrity, cause and effect
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Justice Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown
A pure white cat and a pure black cat gaze out at us from an entirely black and white picture. Their tails intermingle in the center of the card, bringing to mind the symbology of the yin-yang. Every bit of dark is intermingled with light, and vice versa. Feminine and masculine, right and wrong, black and white – it is tempting to think they exist as singular realities, but each is always imbued with a hint of the other. The Justice card is a reminder of this truth.
The background lines are a mirror version of the pattern on the back of the card stock. The lines lead to a diamond in the center of the card. The half of the diamond on the side of the black cat is white, and naturally, the half of the diamond on the side of the white cat is black. Each must contain a splash of the other!
An elegantly decorated sword is positioned high above the cats, suggesting the power of the blade comes from a higher, spiritual realm. The point of the blade rests directly above the center of the diamond, showing that true Justice takes into account all the complexities of a situation. That area between the black and white polarities is sometimes referred to as the “gray area.” Justice urges us to take into account these nuanced gray areas as we come up with our conclusions. For it is often the case that decisions must be made even when there isn’t a “black or white” answer.
Also worth noting: at this point in the Major Arcana the Wild Unknown tarot deviates from the Rider-Waite tradition by placing Justice as card number eight (Arthur Edward Waite famously switched the order of Justice and Strength).
The symbolism in this card shows that ‘for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.‘ These is the ideal traditionally associated with the Justice card – karma, truth, decisions and morality.
Justice Tarot Card Meanings in General
In many decks, Justice shows a human figure holding an upright sword in one hand, scales in the other hand. The scales are an obvious sign of balance, of weighing all sides of the situation. The obvious association of Justice is that of a literal legal system, but this card also ties into the ethical decisions we must make in our daily lives.
Even actions that seem small have a ripple out effect either in the physical world or in a physical sense. Thus, there are two planes of Justice; karma is the spiritual plane. Although it is much more complex than some people make it out to be, there IS something to the concept that our “vibrations” attract certain things into our experience. Justice is the tarot card that represents this concept. This card asks you to take responsibility for your real world actions AND your energy.
Living with integrity is one of the most challenging yet most rewarding things we can do. Justice asks you to give serious consideration to your values and beliefs. Once you have clearly defined your values, beliefs, ethics and so on you must then ask yourself: are you living in line with these principles? Integrity means walking your talk. Integrity also means standing up for your principles when they are at risk in the real world. Thus, this is a card that speaks heavily to the real-world work of social justice, activism, and seeking equality.
In a reading
In a reading, Justice might ask you to consider how your own choices are influencing your reality. It may be time for you to give some weighted consideration to all of your options and make a careful choice about how to proceed. Remember that things are nuanced and you may not find one easy “right answer” right away. Be willing to look at your situation objectively and respect the full complexity at work.
This card is also a good reminder to step into your full integrity. Take back your power to define your own beliefs and to stand up for what is right.