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Justice

Well, I could have used this card yesterday as a warning about that speeding ticket!

Justice is one of the Major Arcana cards.  There are 22 Major Arcana – which act as “trump cards” over the rest of the deck, and chronologically, they tell the story of The Fool’s Journey.  They are “phases” we all go through repeatedly, or what I like to call “checkpoints” on our personal road map. Click here to read the story of The Fool’s Journey from LearnTarot.com. Eventually, I’ll be writing my own version, but for now I’ll reference what I know.

Justice is all about fairness, balance, and right actions.  It has everything to do with law, order, the legal system, lawyers, courtrooms, police – and every other association with Justice one can think of.

Here’s what the sources say:

Starting this time with the book, “Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the New Generation” by Silver Raven Wolf: 

Justice; equality; being fair; court cases or legal proceedings; finding reasonable solutions to difficulties; impartial judgments. *Astrological association: Libra.

With Libra being the associated astrological sign, that puts this card in the realm of East, the element of Air, the season of Autumn, and the suit of swords. Notice that the person in this card holds the scales of justice in one hand, and a sword in the other.

Interestingly enough, in the 22 Major Arcana Cards, Justice follows the Wheel of Fortune! (See this morning’s Coffee Thoughts and July’s Tarot reading to see why that’s relavent to me right now).

Here’s from LearnTarot.com

respecting justice
insisting on fairness
acting on ethical principles
being involved in legal concerns
committing to honesty
seeking equality
being impartial
trying to do what is right 
assuming responsibility
settling old accounts and debts
being accountable
acknowledging the truth
admitting involvement
handling the situation
doing what has to be done 
preparing for a decision
weighing all sides of an issue
setting a course for the future
balancing all factors
determining right action
choosing with full awareness 
understanding cause and effect
accepting the results you created
seeing how you chose your situation
recognizing the action of karma
knowing that what is makes sense
making connections between events

Sometimes Justice is a signal to do what needs to be done. A time comes when responsibilities must be accepted, and accounts settled. The past will continue to haunt you if you do not recognize your mistakes and make amends for them. You will need to weigh matters carefully and perhaps make important decisions about your future course.

On Card 11 we see the familiar figure of Justice. She has the scales of equality and impartial judgment in one hand, and the sword of decision in the other. In the tarot, Justice represents the understanding that life is ultimately fair and just. Even though the vagaries of day-to-day life tend to make us doubt this fact, Justice reminds us that there is divine balance. Notice the similarity between the Emperor and Justice. Both cards stand for universal order; the Emperor in its underlying structure, Justice, in the action of karma – cause and effect.

There is a serious feel to Card 11 – the tone of the courtroom. This card refers to legal matters of all kinds, but is not restricted to them. The courts are where judgments are made and decisions rendered. Our legal system is the official arena in which we explore the principles of Justice – fairness, impartiality and the quest for truth.

In readings, Justice often appears when you are concerned with doing what is right or making sure you receive your due. This card can also appear when you are feeling the impact of a past mistake or good deed. The cause you set in motion at one time is now returning to you as an effect.

Here’s from AeclecticTarot:

JUSTICE

Basic Symbols

The Justice figure seated or standing, scales in one hand (usually left), upraised sword in the other hand. Sometimes blindfolded.

Basic Tarot Story

The Fool is looking for a new path, a new aspiration and inspiration for his life. Sitting uncertain at a cross-roads, he notices a blind wise woman listening to two brothers argue over an inheritance. They have come to her for judgement. One brother has the whole inheritance, the other has nothing. “I ask that all of it be given to me,” the poor brother demands, “Not only because I have a better right to it, but because I will not be wasteful with it, as he is!” But the rich brother protests, “It is rightfully mine and that’s all that should matter, not what I do with it!” The woman listens, then awards half of the rich brother’s inheritance to the poor brother. The Fool thinks this only fair, but neither brother is happy. The rich one hates losing half his wealth, and the poor one feels he ought to have gotten all.

“You were fair,” he remarks to the woman after they have left. “Yes, I was,” she answers plainly. “With only half the inheritance, the rich one will stop being so wasteful. And the poor one will have as much as he needs. Even though they cannot see it, this decision was good for both.”

The Fool thinks on this, and new insight on his own life comes to mind. He realizes that he has spent his life achieving worldly ambitions, physical goods, while leaving his spiritual self to starve, primarily because he didn’t want to make the sacrifices necessary to feed his spiritual self. Now, he sees that this is necessary, the only path he has not walked, one he must walk to regain his equilibrium. Thanking the woman, he heads out with new purpose. It is time to balance his own inner scales.

Basic Tarot Meaning

With Libra as its ruling sign, Justice is about cold, objective balance through reason or natural force. This is the card that tells the Querent that they can’t keep smoking and drinking without consequences to their health. It is the card that advises cutting out waste and insists that the Querent make adjustments, do whatever is necessary to bring things back into balance: physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually. In a more mundane sense, this card may signal a court case, legal documents, adjustments in a marriage or partnership. The outcome of all of these may not be exactly what the Querent wants, but it will be a scrupulously fair outcome. If the card is reversed, it can indicate bias, obstruction of the law, or legal complications.

Thirteen’s Observations

I think Justice is a good card (as compared to Strength) to stand as the first of the next ten cards of the Major Arcana. The reason I think it right is because with it we move from the physical world (first ten cards) into the metaphysical world (next ten). When I look at Justice, I always see the two worlds balanced on her scales. “You’ve spent all your time in one,” she seems to be saying, time to move into the other and balance things out.”

One thing to remember about the Justice card is that it is not about punishment, good, bad, right or wrong. 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 end up equal. The message is to do what’s necessary, no matter how hard, how disagreeable, in order to gain, or re-gain equilibrium. It is not a nice card, but in its way, it is a very wise card.

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Written by:
Wendi Friend

Choices are to be made; there are options. Weigh the information. Clean the spectacles of the mind so vision is clear. Consider the risks. Imagine the possibilities. Ignore the boundaries while respecting morals and karma and good intentions. Forks are always in the road, unless one suffers from tunnel vision. Test your limits. Find the secrets. Reach. Stretch. Obey the laws of nature and question those of man. Encompass everything and be encompassed by nothing. Follow the compass of the heart. Celebrate everything; attach to nothing. See the true potential in all things; trust nothing completely.

Life is a chariot, driven by horses and forces unseen in directions unknown. Ride the ride, but how you ride will in fact decide the course of future events.

If blame must be placed, place it inward, but do so responsibly, without self abuse. Step up to the plate, do the work required. There is no easy way, and yet, nothing requires struggle or effort. We only think it does. Answer to no one but your own true spirit, but consider the effects of everything you do on every one and every thing around you. You are accountable for everything.

Even the wind blows on purpose.

Everything is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Opportunity is forever knocking on the door – sadly, we’re rarely home – and if we are, we barely notice. Often, if we do notice, we either ignore it or attack it for fear of leaving the comfort zone.

If it is fact that all things must end, all life must die, then how can infinity be justified?

Why is it wrong for children to have invisible friends while grown ups can talk with God and walk with God, but never ever see God?

Why is it okay to believe in Heaven or Hell or God or the Devil or the Apocalypse, but it’s not okay to believe in faeries or otherworlds?

Why do we teach our children not to hit by hitting them? Why do we yell at them in attempts to teach them respect?

How can we produce multi-million dollar, multi-media public saturation of sex and violence, and then wonder why there seems to be an increase of sex and violence in our children?

How can we know for a fact that the actions we’re taking are causing the destruction of our planet – and potentially wipe out all life, including the entire human race, and yet not change our behaviors?

Everything is beautiful and everything is a sin.

Hitler was the Anti-Christ
Jack the Ripper was the Anti-Christ
Ronald Reagan was the Anti-Christ
Elvis was the Anti-Christ
Suddam was the Anti-Christ
Osama is the Anti-Christ
Religion is the Anti-Christ
June Cleaver was the Anti-Christ
The Easter Bunny is the Anti-Christ
Humanity is the Anti-Christ

Nothing will ever make sense to everyone all at once. We’ll never all agree on any one given thing – there will forever and always be differences of opinion. How we handle those differences of opinion determines the fate of life as we know it – on individual and global proportions.

You will always be loved by someone, hated by someone else, and judged by everyone who crosses your path, directly or indirectly.

We tell our children to stay off drugs, and then we run to the drug store to fill our prescriptions for anti-depressants and tranquilizers.

Controlling population would solve many problems.

Common sense is the greatest commodity one could hope to possess.

The outcome can always be altered.

There is good and bad in everything, positive and negative, action and reaction, masculine and feminine, dark and light, hope and fear, faith and worry.

All things are nothing more than a matter of our perception of them.

Nothing exists that doesn’t require awareness, planning, action, and follow through. Everything is a process.

How can it make sense at all to anyone, anywhere that one should protect lives by taking or sacrificing lives? How is that logical?

Would logic exist without humans?

Would humans exist without logic?

There is duality in everything, yet we are all one.

How are you navigating?

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I bought a really cool book at a book sale once… paid all of five dollars for it, I think, and it’s a keeper!  It’s called “The Secret Language of Destiny: A Personology Guide to Finding Your Life Purpose”.  In it, karmic paths are determined and defined by date of birth, and the descriptions of karmic paths are well thought-out, easy to understand, and – as I quickly learned – quite on target.  Extremely accurate, this book was used to determine the karmic paths of my kids, friends, companions, and – of course – myself.  Because the definition of my own karmic path, according to this book, resonated with me so vibrantly, I’m including it here as a way of getting to know myself better.

My karmic path: The Way of Mastery
Core Lesson: Finding and studying with a mentor
Goal: Mastering a craft or art
Gifts: Diligent, Persistent, Persuasive
Pitfalls: Domineering, Insecure, Solitary
Release: The tendency to workaholism
Reward: The joy of perfecting one’s craft
Balance Point: Craft and Inspiration
Suggestion: Try to be kinder to yourself by occasionally lowering your standards. Remember to indulge in fantasy and to cultivate your imagination once in a while.
Crystals and Gemstones: Flourite – dispels ambivalence and encourages the individual to joyfully strive for mastery. This crystal helps one to move beyond the limits of perfectionism to experience the bliss of the mind/heart connection.

Those on this karmic path are here to lay claim to an area of expertise and make it their own. Although money and ambition are attractive to those on the Way of Mastery, their orientation is not necessarily materialistic. Rather, their goal is to develop a talent or skill to a level of mastery. Achieving such a lofty aim often requires these people to renounce or sacrifice other desires or interests in order to give al their energy to their prime focus. A strange blend of idealist and realist, reserve and extroversion, and the serious and comic, they are able to focus on their goal with savage intensity. Those who get in their way are likely to be trampled underfoot, usually unintentionally. However, once they perfect themselves in their chosen skill or master a particular talent, these individuals have an even more difficult task, since true mastery requires manifesting a unique vision or utilizing their talent in a unique way. Thus, ideas, ideals, and creative vision are important since they must be made into solid reality or utilized as a philosophical backdrop for the individuals on this karmic path to create form from purpose or concept. Their souls come from a place of deep subconscious awareness of the imaginal realms, the waters of life from which all creativity springs. Their task is to mold or craft such an oceanic perspective into a practical one by dispensing with the emotion attached to it, engaging only the core ideas that they fish out of those waters, and applying them to a practical end.

Honing a skill to the level of craft requires that those on the Way of Mastery embark on a path that can be likened to the artisan guilds of yore, beginning one’s education in a specific field, first apprenticing oneself to a master, then graduating to more and more responsibility, and ultimately becoming a master oneself. Although the guild system is no longer operative, it serves as a model of education for those on the Way of Mastery. Once the individuals on this karmic path select an area of study, it behooves them to find a mentor akin to the masters of yore and to learn their skill from them. Searching for, engaging, and interacting with such an individual is a necessary basis of learning the mastery called for by this karmic path. Coming into this lifetime with the skills of observation and persuasion, these men and women will need to enlist both to find the best teacher for them. First, by keeping their eyes open, they will need to discover who in their circle has the talent and the capacity to serve as a mentor. then they will have to engage their gift of persuasion to talk that particular person into taking them on and, in so doing, sharing all the secrets that they possess of their profession or field.

For the men and women who travel it, this karmic path also means that, once expertise is acquired, the apprentice must eventually leave the mentor behind in order to move on to make his or her own mark in the field. Patience is key, for it will often take years to master a craft. Thus, coming into one’s own on this path usually requires the ability to have the “long breath.” Fortunately, those on the Way of Mastery come into this life blessed with tremendous diligence and dedication. Part of the process over the longer haul is for them to transform their self-image from one of student to one of a mature master. No matter how long it takes, when the time comes for them to go out on their own, they will know it. They will also know precisely how to put their hard-won craft to the best use.

Once they have mastered their craft by working humbly with an older and wiser person, negotiated the delicate process of leaving their mentor behind, and hung out their own shingle, so to speak, those on this karmic path will proceed smoothly and successfully in cultivating professional success. Having the native talent to persuade others, they will be good at marketing themselves. However, they are less interested in using their persuasiveness to manipulate opinion and more in presenting their work or product in the best light, letting its quality speak for itself. The next stage of maturity for these individuals may be tapping into their own Cancer III roots by learning how to return to the well of creative inspiration in order to replenish their supply of ideas. Those who walk this karmic path will come to understand what they were taught when they were young, that is, that craft is just one part of the process required for success and fulfillment; the other is finding a unique expression of that craft.

At their Cancer III root, these individuals are often stimulated by an underlying insecurity that pushes them to achieve — or overachieve. However, the Capricorn III desire for success is fueled by a different force, that of a need to overcome obstacles. Thus, implicit in this karmic path is an urge to dominate. Those on the Way of Mastery must beware of allowing the negative aspects of their insecurity to overwhelm their personality. One lesson that must be learned by those on this karmic path is how to proceed with grace and dignity and to mature calmly in the knowledge that they will reach their goal. Otherwise, their insecurity may express itself as an overblown ego, putting off those who might help them on their way. As much as those on the Way of Mastery may love to dominate their field, this is not a path of leadership. The more successful of them will restrict their professional efforts to objective pursuits, whether commercial or artistic, that do not necessarily involve directing other people. They are much more successful at perfecting their own techniques and methods than telling others what to do, except in exceptional circumstances. The best thing for them is to work on their own. These men and women are able to challenge themselves over and over again and have no need for external stimulation to urge them forward. It is likely that in later years, they will themselves become teachers or mentors, thereby completing a karmic circle by sharing what was given to them early in their lives.

Those on this path generally set very high standards, not only for themselves and the quality of their work but also for others. Thus, their interpersonal relationships are often fraught with overly high expectations. They do best when attracting others of equal ability with whom they can work on their projects. Although many will place those on the Way of Mastery on a pedestal, rarely will this go to their heads, since they have a need to prove themselves again and again in their own eyes and those of their associates. They thrive not only on the responsibility of being a role model but also on demonstrating their ability to give of themselves in a warmhearted manner. They will always be acutely aware of how they appear to others and will cherish their image highly. The importance of their cimmitment to the standards of their craft and life is one that they gradually realize on their path; they value it highly, and it often becomes the cornerstone of their existence. Probably the hardest thing for them is being thought badly of by others or having accusations of shoddy workmanship or underhanded or immoral methods leveled against them.

A social forum for their ideas or work, whether comprised of professional colleagues or just plain friends, is just the ticket for these work-oriented individuals. In fact, in some cases it is a basic requirement for their happiness and fulfillment. They do have a rather charming “common touch” that often grants them the ability to make others laugh, or at the very least smile, at their characterization of human foibles. It is undeniable that those on the Way of Mastery will rarely surrender their need to focus their all on their work. Thus, they may give up on meeting one single life partner. So much of their energy is shared with colleagues, friends, and followers that the dynamics of such relationships can often satisfy their social and personal needs fully.

The image that best describes this karmic path is that of a student and a Zen master. The student tries to attract the master’s attention and gain his approval, but to no avail. Only the student himself can achieve enlightenment, after being guided by the master or awakened by a sharp intuitive slap. Subsequently, the student takes the master’s place.

Source:

The Secret Language of Destiny by Gary Goldschneider, Joost Ellfers, Joost Ellfers
Publisher: Viking Penguin
Pub. Date: October 2003
ISBN-13: 9780670032631
822pp

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