Late breaking update: A comment by astrologer Eric Francis is particularly relevant:
Jupiter, Pluto and the Galactic Core have completed their extremely rare conjunction. We learned a lot the past few days, and much of it (in true Jupiter style) has involved law and justice.
Do not believe that possibly you can escape the reward of your action.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Justice card makes another appearance this week, right in the midst of Hanukkah, the frenzy of full-tilt Yule and Christmas, and the intensity of whatever work, school and financial loose ends from 2007 need to be finalized.
There is no way around it — this time of year can be treacherous, when it comes to staying balanced. We tend to drink too much, or over-indulge in rich holiday foods. The calendar fills up with parties, family gatherings, recitals, shopping, cooking, travel, decorating, and attending religious rites. A riot of obligations and commitments, both joyful as well as tedious but necessary, vie for our time.
In addition, I couldn’t help but feel a chill as I pulled this card, for once again, the questions just won’t go away about the United States’ terrifying use of torture. It appears that there has been a carefully orchestrated cover-up of these actions, with observers from both parties privy to and complicit in these dirty little secrets that are no secret at all.
Justice insists that one way or another, the scales must be balanced. Justice brings us the message that we will eventually face our karmic payback. As we make choices, we must take into account the consequences, which will catch up eventually. Justice asks, “Do the ends justify the means?” Justice insists that what we send out eventually does return to us – for good or for ill.
We can deny that what we eat and drink affects our health and well-being, perhaps in very different ways than it did ten years ago. We can pretend to ourselves that credit cards with high spending limits mean we can afford everything we desire. We can tell ourselves that we can have it all, do it all, and still have a magical holiday just like on TV. We can shop, party, and sing carols, as if there was no blood on our hands.
Justice is a reminder that the bill always comes due, whether we remember it or not. This week, I for one will make it a point to remember this, and do everything in my power to act accordingly.