Description: Justice shows a person sitting on a throne holding an evenly balanced weight and a sword. The figure has a gold crown on his head. She sits between two pillars which symbolize the eternal contradictions. Her gaze is calm. The columns are connected by a red piece of fabric. The woman wears a red robe, the color of Mars and war, and a green robe on top, the color of Venus and love.
Thus, the balance between opposing forces is symbolized. Justice looks for balance and smooths out any conflicts. It is the card for justice and impartiality. It shows a situation where everything is weighed against each other to create a compromise that everyone can live with. Equilibrium and balance are symbolized by the balance, which also reminds us that everything that is initiated or started sooner or later must be completed.
The sword held high reminds us that justice can also be expressed through punishment or power. Like Athene – the wise goddess of the Greeks – it is time to use the mind’s power and mental abilities to the full extent – both in conflicts and as a judge in difficult situations. During conflicts, one must use fraud and diplomacy rather than physical aggression to win a discussion or conflict.
Interpretation: First and foremost, the card symbolizes justice in all its aspects. When drawn towards this card, it indicates that you need to restore balance, harmony and simplicity in specific areas of your life. It’s time to look at balance sheets in your life, in terms of health, finances, law etc.
It is fundamentally important for you to simplify your life and restore the balance where it may be missing. Justice refers to the fact that you may need to weigh things in your life more carefully and thereby find more constructive, balanced solutions to problems and conflicts.
No matter what matters you are dealing with, it will be important for you to use your mental abilities, think balanced, act constructively and be impartial in your position. In doing so, pay attention not to be unfair and treat people fairly.
Keywords: Other words that characterize justice: balance, wisdom, need for rational solutions, understanding, power, judgment, objective judgment, decision, deep understanding, sense of justice and harmony.
Affirmation: I am centered and in balance. I rest in my center. I am in harmony with my daily activities.
Numbers: The number of the card is eleven. In some older tarot sets, however, 8 and 11 have been switched.
Astrology: The card is linked to the astrological sign Libra which stands for balance and harmony.
Prediction: Negotiation Agreement. An equilibrium achieved. Justice will prevail.
The universal principle: The principle of balance: equalization / justice.
Above are four very different versions of Justice.
Cary-Yale Visconti tarot cards from around the 1420s are mainly designed to be beautiful and shows friends and family. The beautiful old Italian tarot set also has its emphasis on the artistic expression. Marseille tarot cards are simple as they were made so they are suitable for wood printing.
Oswald Wirth diminishes the Christian symbols and instead draws inspiration from the occult, through writings especially by Éliphas Lévi. The occult came from here on to influence how tarot cards were illustrated. Most famous is the Rider-Waite tarot card with lots of symbolism from Egypt, the Jewish Kabbalah, astrology, alchemy and Freemasonry. When you thus interpret Justice you have different options. It is advisable to start with the illustrations we have from Rider-Waite as they contain a lot of information in their imagery.