If you’ve been naughty, the Justice card is a bitch. This tarot card arrives when things are out of balance and it highlights the consequences of your behavior. In The Fool’s journey through the Major Arcana, Justice represents the lesson of the ultimate natural law – the law of cause and effect.
If things seem out of whack, the Justice card has one message for you: the Universe is playing fair. You may not like the outcome, but it will be based on harmony and fairness for the greater good.
Traditionally, the Justice card shows a serious-looking woman seated on a throne holding a sword upright in one hand and a set of scales in balance in the other. This card carries an obvious message about judgment and fairness.
As a judge, the Justice card carries the heavy weight of representing the consequences of one’s actions. In a literal sense, this card anticipates a legal situation or judgment.
In some tarot decks, this card is switched with the Strength card and given the number of 8 (eight), placing it between The Chariot and The Hermit in the Major Arcana.
Keywords for the Justice Tarot Card
- Fairness, balanced judgment
- The consequences of one’s behavior
- Seek win-win situations
- Do the right thing
Keywords for the Justice Card Reversed
- Legal complications
- Bigotry, unfairness
- Dishonesty, lack of accountability
- Get back into balance
Patterns and Correspondences of the Justice Card
- Major Arcana = the lessons and teachers along your life’s journey
- Zodiac sign = Libra
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Justice Tarot Card Meanings for Love
This is not a great card for finding new love, unfortunately. The Justice card can indicate purity and virginity, neither of which help any intimate romantic relationship.
But if you are going through tough times in your relationship, the Justice card can be a good sign. It reminds you to fight fair and to balance your needs with the needs of your partner.
Look at the situation from your partner’s side and try to come up with a compromise you both feel happy about. There are always win-win solutions to your problems, so work together to find an answer that suits you both.
If one of you has been dishonest or wishy-washy, the truth will come out. This is not a negative card, though, so don’t expect disaster. One of you could have deeper feelings than anticipated and that truth would be revealed as well. Anything unfair, manipulative, or unbalanced will become apparent.
Justice Tarot Card Meanings for Work
Do not cut corners, take shortcuts, or try to be sneaky. The only way to win is by playing fair and doing the right thing.
When it comes to making decisions, think of the long-term results. Take your time to weigh the consequences of each path and use balanced judgment to make the right decision for everyone involved.
The consequences of your past bad behaviors may be coming to light. It’s always better to own up to them, apologize, and come up with a plan for reparations instead of trying to hide your mistakes away.
Don’t let your ego get in the way of your integrity. Do the right thing with grace and forgiveness.
Justice Tarot Card Meanings for Health
There is balance in everything, so balance your behaviors when it comes to your health and fitness.
It is just as bad to go overboard with a new health regime or diet as it is to sit on the couch eating an entire box of Cheez-its.
Payment is due today for yesterday’s bad behavior. Don’t make the future worse by continuing your actions or ignoring the signs you need to change.
Think of the law of cause and effect, and change your behavior accordingly.
Justice Tarot Card Meanings for Money and Finances
Money loves clarity and the Justice card can help you provide it. Telling the truth about your financial situation (every last embarrassing detail) will allow you to change it.
It’s the basic law of cause-and-effect in action. If you treat money with respect and fairness, it will treat you the same.
Take a careful look at your finances without judgment or shame. They are just numbers. They don’t represent your worth.
Pretend you are an impartial outsider as you look at these numbers. What advice would you give yourself, if you weren’t so emotionally invested in the situation?
How you earn, spend, save, and invest your money represents what you value in the world. It’s one way of voting on what you’d like to exist.
Align your financial decisions, even little ones like where you choose to buy lunch, with your values and integrity. Your money is power, so use it wisely.
Justice Tarot Card Meanings for Spiritual Guidance
Spirituality means different things for different people, but at the heart of any spiritual quest is a search for meaning. We are looking for our place and our purpose in the world.
The Justice card reminds you to use clear-headed thinking to judge your own behavior and choices, in large and small matters in your daily life.
There is a higher truth to the mundane decisions that rule our lives. When our daily actions are in line with our values, we are living in integrity.
We create our own place and purpose through these daily actions. When our actions are in alignment with our values and are connected to others, we are living a spiritual life.
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