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Tarot Card of the Week: May 17-23, 2010

The foundation of justice is good faith.
— Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106-43 BCE

Our guide for this coming week is a powerful Major Arcana card. The Justice card represents justice and fairness and finding balance in all things.

Justice is one of the three cardinal virtues represented in the Tarot. The others are Temperance and Fortitude (or Strength). Throughout Tarot history, this card is invariably titled “Justice” and always depicted as a woman with sword and scales. Sometimes she has a halo; almost always she is seated on a throne. Usually the sword is in her right hand, occasionally it is in her left.

According to Tarot expert Rachel Pollack, the image on the Waite-Smith deck is the Roman Goddess, Justitia, who is normally blindfolded. But in the Tarot, She is connected to the psychic laws of Justice, “by which we advance according to our ability to understand the past.” In order for this to happen, we must see clearly the truth about ourselves and about life; so Her eyes, like our own, must be open.

As Joanna Powell Colbert, creator of the Gaian Tarot, notes, when we think of Justice, we usually first think of social justice, law and order, and making criminals pay for their deeds. But this is only an echo of a deeper, Spiritual Justice.

We see every day that there are people who are seemingly getting away with terrible deeds, yet seem to go free and unpunished: from driving under the influence and cheating on partners, all the way up to priests molesting children, corporations destroying the ecosystem and the vast corruption of financial and governmental institutions.

But eventually, things will sort themselves out, and evildoers will someday, somehow, have to deal with the consequences of their actions. The Justice card reminds us that Nature always adjusts and the consequences of every action eventually come around.  Despite how it sometimes looks, each and every one of us is, eventually, accountable.

When Justice appears, the obvious expectation is that legal matters may be in the forefront. Money, real estate, law enforcement, inheritance matters, and civil or criminal jurisprudence could certainly be important now.

But additionally, since Major Arcana cards are less about any particular event, and more deeply about our own spiritual awakenings, this is a time to be scrupulously honest in all your dealings. Something is working out the way that it must, for there is karmic payback in play. What results might you now be seeing, due to decisions and actions that have been taken in the past?

Bear in mind that the Justice card is not about punishment. It is about adjustment. The sword suggests that sometimes this won’t be pleasant. Justice pares things down with that sword so that the scales are made to balance.

Do you have an important decision to make at this time? Think it over carefully, with absolute honesty and fairness, for it is likely to have long-term effects that will return to you one way or another. How can you restore balance where it is needed?

What declaration or verdict is waiting for your decision now? Consider carefully the evidence before you. Hear all sides of the story.  Do not act until you are quite sure you have considered all possible repercussions in terms of what is right and wrong, or how it will affect others in ways that may be unjust.  But you must, eventually, weigh in with your verdict, for indecision and denial have their own bitter fruit.

It is time to do what’s necessary, no matter how challenging, in order to gain, or re-gain equilibrium. As long as you have looked honestly into your own heart and know you are acting in good faith, you can trust that, while this might not be the easy way,  it is the wise way forward.

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  • May 17, 2010, 11:18 am donna

    Certainly fits with what I’m feeling lately — definitely time for some balance!

  • May 19, 2010, 11:50 am Linda

    Mirrors my thoughts in the last few weeks. It is not about punishment but adjustment. Thanks