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Tarot Card for Solstice Week, 2019: Justice Yet Again

Corn can’t expect justice from a court composed of chickens.
African proverb

The gate of the year’s end swings open. The final Solstice of this decade arrives, and the tides of profound change are already washing up to our knees. It is no wonder that, for the seventh time since January, 2018 (which ushered in its very own year), we are visited once more by the Justice card of the Major Arcana.

This important card represents rightness, 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/Strength.

Throughout Tarot history, although it may switch numbers with the Strength card (Arthur Waite stirred up ongoing controversy when he changed it from trump card number 8 to 11), this card is invariably titled “Justice.” And it is 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.

In some newer decks, especially those that discard the classical interpretations, you’ll see modernized philosophies and naming conventions. But the fundamental concept of this ancient virtue, by and large, remains.

In some traditional Tarot decks, including the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the Goddess Justitia sits on Her throne without a blindfold, in order that She may clearly see all of the evidence and facts before Her.

Other illustrations show this Goddess blindfolded, as do many modern sculptures in our courthouses. This represents that She is “blind” and adjudicates without prejudice.

Cosmic Timings

As the Sun enters the sign of Capricorn this week at Winter Solstice, my friend and astrologer extraordinaire Elisabeth Grace notes:

Humming in the background for the next few weeks is the approaching meet-up of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, exact on January 12th, days after rebel Uranus turns direct on January 10th (there’s a Full Moon and lunar eclipse on the 10th, too). Oh — and Mercury will meet up with Saturn-Pluto on the 12th, followed by the Sun on January 13th.

The Saturn-Pluto meet-up happens roughly every 33 years. The last one happened in November 1982 in Libra; the one before that was in 1947.

Astrologer Rick Levine has a helpful essay noting the events that happened in sync with past Saturn-Pluto conjunctions and oppositions. [Elisabeth has another link that is extremely informative regarding the importance of this powerhouse event. You can read it here. – B.]

FYI — the last Saturn-Pluto opposition was in August 2001 — and in effect through early 2002. We all know what happened to disrupt the peace and power structure back then, yes? 9/11 — followed by a plan for a hopeless, wasteful war. Just how wasteful and hopeless that war was — and continues to be — is being reported this month in a series of op-eds and articles in the Washington Post.

Saturn represents structure, necessary controls and authority. We need Saturn in order to function on the holodeck known as Spaceship Earth. Without structure (Saturn), where would we live? Out in a field — there’d be no roof over our heads! And how would we keep track of time? Saturn represents the limits of time — another necessary control in order to play by the rules of this game called Humans Being on Earth.

Pluto represents power, decay, breakdown, resources — and extremes.

Capricorn represents government structures, patriarchy, social hierarchy, corporations — the structures that support our society, outside the family structures (those are Cancer’s domain).

Capricorn is the Establishment — the reigning elite — the Powers That Be. The reigning need of Capricorn is to make things happen; to get things done. It does this by setting goals, planning and executing strategy. It needs achievement. “How can we make this work?” is the Capricorn question — and the answer may be “by whatever means necessary.”

The bottom line as it relates to this week’s card is that while ’tis the season for merriment, Saturn, Lord of Karma, is not to be trifled with. With the double-whammy influence added from Pluto, there are serious consequences shaping up for those who have strayed out of balance.

In terms of seeing this week’s Solstice as a threshold for, not just the upcoming season of Winter, but also the entrance-way for the new decade, we might learn much from our other long-term blog friend, Lorna Bevan at Hare in the Moon Astrology, who writes:

On Sunday the 15th, a Jupiter Uranus trine spark[ed] inventiveness, hope and faith in a better future, then on Tuesday and Wednesday the Sun and Mercury merge with two of the karmic black holes, the Galactic Centre and the Great Attractor. Suddenly, the clouds part and we glimpse the bigger picture putting everything back into perspective.

The Solstice on Saturday 21/22 is more charged this year than ever before, as it falls only 5 days before a Solar eclipse on December 26th with the Sun joining a huge star gathering of Quaoar, Jupiter, South Node, Ceres, Saturn, Pluto, and Chariklo in Capricorn.

Stay open and aligned with the New as it presents, by gently releasing past distortions – so that in January 2020 a fresh cosmic wind can blow through the halls of your own mind, heart and experience, shifting you out of past entanglement towards seeding an entirely different future.

Thus, in conjunction with the Justice card, we are given an important aid, urging us to prioritize what seems fair and right for us. That is, if we habitually sacrifice what is equitable on our own behalf, how can we honestly claim to be working with integrity and righteousness for others?

The Witness Who Sees

In addition, Lorna quotes Ellias Lonsdale’s interpretation of the Chandra Symbol for the first degree of Capricorn, which marks the Winter Solstice:

A canopy bed with curtains.

“Standing on the inside of life. Protected and guarded, guided and led. Held fast. The Witness empowered to prevail — able to see, to realise, to comprehend the mysteries. Clairvoyance. Keenly sensing and viewing meaning and value, purpose and spirit backbone.

So very strongly and steadily directed from within that there is no outer, there is nothing to do. Instead, you centre yourself and align with who you truly are and stalwartly remain in the place of authority and power and inward truth as your statement and the only thing you know.”

World renowned Tarot expert and author Mary K. Greer has long been a proponent of physically imitating the Tarot cards. My own students, too, have found doing so helps enable them to quiet their monkey-mind analyses, and develop a deeper, body sense of the cards’ meanings.

So you might harmonize with this Chandra Symbol’s insights by imitating the Justice card. For instance, you might position a bench or chair in a doorway, and then sit there, gazing straight ahead. (If you have a sword and some scales, great, but they aren’t necessary!).

As you imitate the Goddess Justicia on Her throne, experience what it might mean to be The Witness; to sense and understand in your physical body “meaning and value, purpose and spirit backbone.”

For what could better describe Justice?

Rectification and Reparation

When we consider the concept of justice, we often think first of law and order, societal rules, and making criminals pay for their deeds. True, but this is only an echo of a deeper Spiritual Justice. This card is about rectification — making things right.

There are so many dramatic ways that law, power, and order are in conflict right now. Despite court rulings ordering a stop to it, immigrant families continue to be broken up by the United States.

The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, is under criminal indictment.

The current resident of the White House in America is almost certainly going to be impeached by our House of Representatives this week, with the Judiciary Committee finding that criminal bribery and wire fraud were committed. The House’s vote to impeach will be followed by a trial in January by the Senate, to determine his fate. Whether this adjudication can be fair or not remains to be seen, since the head of the Senate has publicly boasted that he is in “total coordination with the White House” instead of keeping his vows to impartially uphold the law and the Constitution.

Oh, I could go on, but let’s not.

Instead, let’s examine the really big rectification that is already engulfing us. The global climate crisis is well underway, and thousands of lives have been lost. Yet last week, the international meeting meant to forge a plan of some kind made no significant progress.

On Sunday, my teacher, RJ Stewart, offered an elegant framework as to how we, as spiritual people, are called upon to understand the horrific storms, floods, fires, and other natural events now threatening countless cities and nations. He noted, “Our Earth is a homeostatic entity, always seeking to rebalance itself.”

In other words, our planet’s compensatory responses to human pursuits are not “cruel” or “punishment,” although certainly, massive misery lies ahead if dramatic changes are not enacted. What we are seeing is simply the natural consequence of the complex systems of our Mother Earth responding to our pollution, fracking, habitat collapse, and other disastrous influences.

Thus, our job as women and men of spirit is to do all we can to mediate these situations, yes. But also, it is incumbent on us to ally with the bigger picture of our planet’s survival, and to work within the Laws of Nature that must, ultimately, be obeyed. This means active stewardship, correcting imbalances where we can, teaching and modeling the behaviors that can help to heal, rather than accelerate the harm already in progress.

From the Global to the Personal

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

Additionally, since Major Arcana cards are usually less about particular events, and more about our own spiritual awakenings, this is a time to be scrupulously honorable in all our dealings. As mentioned before, we can start with being more fair to ourselves.

Something is working out the way that it must, for there is reciprocity in play. What results might you now be seeing, due to decisions and actions that have been taken in the past?

Every day, it is in our hands alone to choose whether to support and reinforce the dangerous nonsense that currently passes for normal; or else to resist, shine a spotlight on it, scrub it out, and demand its atonement.

Each and every person reading this is the ultimate champion — or else passive saboteur — of what is right, fair, and good.

Are you facing an important choice at this time? What declaration or verdict is waiting for your decision now? Consider carefully the evidence before you. Gather the facts. Hear all sides of the story.

Think it over with as much probity as you can, for it is likely to have long-term effects that will return to you one way or another.

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.

It is time to do what’s necessary, no matter how challenging, in order to gain, or re-gain equilibrium. Unite with what is noble and righteous, knowing that sooner or later, what goes around, comes around. Do whatever you can to ensure you are not the corn whose fate is being decided by the chickens.

Whether we like it or not, Justice will out. In this most magical week, let us do all we can to ensure that we will.

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  • December 16, 2019, 10:28 pm Carolyn Cushing

    So very interesting , especially since this year had two full moons falling in the sign of Libra, which corresponds to Justice, putting an energetic stamp on the year. Now Justice comes to wrap up the year. Also, the Numinous Tarot’s cards of the week are Justice and Shadow (their version of The Devil). Justice is calling.

  • December 17, 2019, 8:11 am Beth

    Wow, Carolyn! Thank you for these additional observations. Feels like the Sword of Damocles, doesn’t it, my friend?

  • December 17, 2019, 8:57 am nofixedstars

    justice, yet again!

    appropriate in so many ways…seasonally, globally, ecologically, and in terms of our domestic policy and shattered government. our hands are the hands of justice, ultimately. clearly we are being reminded of where our focus needs to be.