JUSTICE

JUSTICE TAROT CARD MEANINGS KEYWORDS
Upright: Justice, fairness, truth, cause and effect, law
Reversed: Unfairness, lack of accountability, dishonesty

JUSTICE TAROT CARD MEANINGS AND DESCRIPTION
Justice is ruled by Libra and the card number is 11. The figure of Justice sits in her chair, cloaked in red and holding a sword in her right hand and scales in her left. She wears a crown with a small square on it representing well-ordered thoughts. Notice the clasp holding the cloak together. The square is the law protecting the circle and the eternal state of oneness within us all. The sword is double-edged, cutting both ways, signifying impartiality. It is point-up, signifying victory. The sword in her right hand demonstrates the logical, well-ordered mindset necessary to dispense fair justice. The scales are in her left, intuitive hand, showing that logic must be balanced by the intuition. A little white shoe pops out from beneath her cloak, reminding us of the spiritual consequences of our actions. The purple cloth draped behind her signifies compassion and the grey pillars represent the constraints of the physical world.

UPRIGHT JUSTICE TAROT CARD MEANINGS
Put simply, the Justice card represents justice, fairness, truth and the law. As an outcome, the Justice card indicates that the fairest decision will be made. You are being called to account for your actions and be judged accordingly. Notice that Justice’s scales are balanced, thus its appearance indicates that events have worked out as they were meant to work out and that what is happening to you comes from the decisions you have made and the actions you have taken in the past. You have what you deserve.
Justice represents a conscious awareness that your decisions and actions have long-term consequences and your present and future circumstances are most likely a result of these decisions and actions. At the same time, Justice shows that your actions in the future can be changed by a lesson learned in the present situation. You cannot become honest without extending that honesty to yourself and others.
Justice reflects the search for truth. You need to know and speak the truth and perceive it in the words and deeds of others. Be fair and just with all and you will soon be able to detect dishonesty in yourself and others. Learn the rules that govern what you are involved with. This is a time to remain objective and to base your judgement on fact and not on heresay.
There is a need to be fair and just when you see the Justice card in a reading. When everyone is ‘playing fair’ and adhering to the rules, a positive outcome will be achieved. However, you need everyone to be on the same page for this to occur. It is no good if there is someone who is going against the grain or trying to stir things up!
The Justice card also indicates a time when decision-making is required. Something in your life needs attention, mediation or a solution. Look to the two cards lying on either side of the Justice card to understand what it is that you are weighing up in your decision-making. As you contemplate your decision, are you the person to pass judgment, or is your role to accept the decision that is made? How can you remain as objective as possible, whilst searching for the truth of the matter? It is an important time for your ‘inner umpire’ (i.e. your conscience) to make the ‘right’ decision. Balanced judgement exists.
Justice often refers to legal matters of all kinds. The courts are where judgments are made and decisions rendered. The legal system is the official arena in which the principles of Justice (fairness, impartiality and the quest for Truth) are explored. If you see the Justice card in a reading where there are legal matters at hand, expect the outcome to be just and fair. You are also likely to be dealing with legal contracts, such as a marriage license, divorce decree, business contract, financial arrangement or litigation. Where you are the person demanding justice, know that justice will be served and lawsuits won. Of course, if you have acted in a deceptive way or have not spoken the truth, be aware that justice will still prevail and you will need to take responsibility for your actions.

REVERSED JUSTICE TAROT CARD MEANINGS
Reversed, Justice indicates dishonesty to yourself and others. It shows an unwillingness to understand the deeper meaning of why an event has occurred and shows that you are missing some opportunity for a greater understanding of yourself in life. You are not actively accepting responsibility for your actions and may be trying to ‘dodge the bullet’ and blame others for your mistakes. The key here is to take responsibility for your own situation and realise that you are here through your own past choices, and therefore, whatever it takes to get out of the situation is fair and just according to Universal principles of karma and justice.
If, after a very hard look at yourself, you feel that you have done the best job possible, know that the Universe has a path laid out for you and while your situation may be frustrating right now, it is the right path for you. Over time you will begin to see that it does indeed have a reason for being this way.
Given that the Justice card can reflect a very judgemental, black-and-white view of the world, you may need to release all of your thoughts about what is right and wrong, and just accept what is. Stop judging yourself constantly about whether you are doing the right thing or whether it is working. You are where you are and you just need to accept your current situation. Just allow yourself to ‘be in the moment’ and withhold any immediate judgement. The reversed Justice card also suggests that you may be better off by bending the rules a little and being a bit more flexible with your current circumstances. Of course, you also need to act in a way that is fair and just, and not under-handed, otherwise karma will come back to you!
If you are engaged in a legal matter, you may be concerned about an unfair outcome. You may dispute the final judgement, calling into question the whole legal process. There may be legal complications or something that gets in the way of justice being served.
You may be biased or unfairly judging others, failing to seek out the truth or a balanced perspective. Your opinions are biased and have been swayed by others. Be mindful of how you judge or criticise others and ensure that you have a balanced view before you go swinging the sword of justice!

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JUSTICE

Justice Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Justice, karmic justice, consequences, legal disputes, law, truth, honesty, integrity, cause and effect, life lessons

General meaning and interpretation
The Justice Tarot card relates to karmic justice, legal matters and cause and effect. In a general context Justice is showing you that all actions have consequences. So look at your present circumstances in that context, how have your own actions contributed to where you find yourself today? Are there any karmic lessons that you should be learning from your current situation? This Major Arcana card is also a signifier of legal matters being resolved in a fair and balanced matter. This is usually a favourable omen if you are involved in a legal dispute. Justice is concerned with truth and integrity, so you may find yourself compelled to speak the truth and that you more than ever value honesty and integrity in others. Justice also relates to balance. It may signify that circumstances may arise that could throw you off balance. These circumstances may or may not be beyond your control or of your own making. Either way, you must try to keep yourself on an even-keel as events unfold. The Justice card can also indicate that you have a choice to make when it appears in your Tarot readings as you will be weighing up all your options and balancing the scales.

Health
If you’ve been having health issues, Justice can indicate that you are out of balance which is contributing to your health issues. It also cautions against overindulgence in any area of your life. Try to keep everything in moderation.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot reading, if you are single, Justice can indicate a relationship with a person in the legal industry (judge, lawyer, legal secretary etc.) It is the Tarot card that corresponds to Libra, so a Libra may be coming into your life. If you have treated others with integrity and kindness and not been treated well in return in relationships, Justice in a love tarot reading can indicate that this imbalance is about to be corrected with the loving partner you deserve coming into your life. It can also signify that those who have treated you badly will get their comeuppance. If you are in a relationship, whether Justice is a good or bad omen really depends on the behaviour of you and your partner. If you are both being honest and acting with integrity in your relationship then you will see the rewards in the form of a period of harmony or a bigger commitment. It can indicate marriage, representing the marriage contract. However, if either of you have been dishonest or have cheated, Justice indicates that the truth will be revealed and whoever has been dishonest will reap what they have sown.

Money & Career
When Justice appears in a career context, it tells you that you need to pay attention to balancing your work and personal life. Don’t forget to take adequate time out for yourself. Career is important. We all need to be able to financially support ourselves and there’s nothing wrong with having ambition. At same time, consider how many people on their deathbeds think “I wish I’d spent more time at the office.”? Remember to make time for the people who are important to you and for yourself while you’re building and maintaining a career you can be proud of. Financially, Justice can literally show you balancing your books and is a reminder that if you behave with integrity in terms of money and business you will be rewarded. If you’re going to take a bit of a gamble on something, this card is a good omen.

Spirituality
In a spiritual context, one of the main themes of Justice is karma. This does not mean that you are being punished for past mistakes. It means that you have chosen to learn certain lessons in this lifetime and the universe is sending you those lessons. The sooner you learn these lessons the better off you’ll be.
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Justice Reversed Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Injustice, karmic retribution, dishonesty, corruption, lack of accountability, dishonesty, unfairness, karmic avoidance

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, Justice reversed can indicate injustice or avoidance of karmic justice. This may take the form of being treated unjustly in your life or situation where you are being unfairly affected by the choices or actions of others. You may feel you are being victimised or blamed for something that is not your fault. Whatever the situation, you must try to maintain your balance. Even if you didn’t create the situation, you can choose how you react to it and that can be a lesson in itself. Justice in a reversed position can also be an indicator of someone trying to avoid their karma. If you have played a part in creating your current situation by bad choices or actions, you must be accountable. Don’t try to blame others or avoid the consequences, just learn from it and move forward a little wiser and more self-aware. The Justice Tarot card reversed can also indicate dishonesty. If you have been caught out in a lie, don’t try to justify it or lie your way out of it. Just confess, accept the consequences and try to draw a line under it. Justice reversed can indicate someone with very hard-line or uncompromising views. Examine if you or those around you may have become prejudiced. Examine this and determine is this how you want to be or what you want in your life? If you are involved in a legal dispute, it is not a favourable card to get and indicates that there will be some form of injustice in the outcome or the outcome will not be what you had hoped for.

Health
Again in a health context, Justice reversed indicates a need for balance but it’s a stronger indicator that a lack of balance may cause health issues. Try to make time to take care of yourself and avoid overindulgence.

Love & Relationships
In a love context, if you are in a relationship Justice reversed can be a strong indicator of being caught out in a deception or cheating. So if you have been cheating on your partner or lying to them, expect big repercussions. You may also find that any arguments between you and your partner seem endless with this Major Arcana trump card in your Tarot reading. It can also be a sign that you feel you are not being treated fairly or as an equal in the relationship. Before you go casting judgements on your partner, examine your own role in the relationship and ask yourself if you are being fair by apportioning the blame to your partner. If you assess your relationship issues and feel you are blameless, you should still try to learn from the situation. Remember, we teach people how to treat us and what we put up with, we end up with! If you are single, Justice reversed can indicate that while you may feel you are ready for the relationship you deserve, you have still not learned the lessons from your past relationships that are necessary for you to move forward and avoid repeating the same mistakes. It can also indicate that you tend to lack balance in relationships and this maybe causing your relationships to flounder. We all get caught up in the initial excitement of new love but be careful not lose yourself completely! Try to maintain a balance between you love life and your own independent life when you meet someone, it will give your relationships the space they need to grow. If you have treated past partners badly, Justice reversed can be a sign that you may be suffering the consequences of your actions.

Money & Career
In a career context, Justice reversed may indicate that you are being treated unfairly in work. Perhaps you are being blamed for others mistakes or shortcomings. Perhaps you feel others are trying to sabotage you. Whatever the issue, don’t be hasty in your reaction. It is better to hold back and take a logical approach to resolve the issue. Don’t charge in and confront the culprits as with justice in reverse, arguments are not likely to go in your favour. Justice in reversed can also indicate that if you have not been acting with integrity in your career, your behaviour may be coming back to bite you. It can be a sign of corruption in business. Don’t try to avoid the consequences but hold your hands up and learn from your mistakes. You will be more respected for it. Justice reversed can also be a stronger indicator of a lack of work/life balance than the upright card, so be mindful of putting too much emphasis on either your work or personal life when this Major Arcana card appears in your reading. Financially, avoid risky investments or gambles as you are not likely to be in luck with this card appearing. It can indicate injustice in relation to money so be very cautious of people you are doing financial deals with at the moment, they may not be trustworthy!

Spirituality
As with the upright Tarot card, Justice reversed in a spiritual context tell us that the universe may be sending you the lessons you are supposed to learn in this life. The reversed position indicates that you may be trying to avoid these life lessons or outright refusing to accept them. Our life lessons usually start off small, giving us the opportunity to learn without having to go through turmoil or massive upheaval. However, if we do not learn or refuse to learn, the universe will keep bringing these lessons back to us in bigger and more consequential ways. You can avoid this by simply learning the lessons quickly. In a reversed position, Justice can also mean you feel you are being treated unjustly. Try to use this time to connect to your higher self and rise above your circumstances.