A woman sits before you, her eyes fixed on you. She holds in her right hand a sword, a symbol of wisdom. In her left hand, she dangles the scales of justice, representing the evidence for or against your case. The purple veil behind her speaks to spiritual authority, her message the very word of Spirit.
General Meaning: Allowing Reason to Reign
The Justice card represents the right and wrong in your life. On a strategic level, Justice mirrors your inner knowing, and she will call your bluff every time you sit down with the Tarot. Justice is a card of the Major Arcana, so she stands as an evaluator of your life path and urges you to take responsibility for your actions. Are you viewing your life fairly? Are you being objective in your assessment or are you letting your emotions color your view?
Justice simply tells us to be honest, brutally honest, with ourselves. She reminds us that we do have control over our lives. We are not powerless in our response to tragedy or good fortune. With each decision we take in the past, we build our present and influence our future. Justice urges us to acknowledge our role in this process.
On a tactical level, the Justice card can sometimes indicate simply being correct or incorrect (if reversed) in the evaluation of a situation. For instance, I once thought someone was trying to break into my house. Justice popped up reversed though, and indeed, it turns out I was simply wrong. This card can also pop up if you're dealing with a legal situation and are looking for some indication of how the courts will view the matter. Again, in this situation, upright is good for you, while reversed is not.
Example: Torn Between Two Professions
I once had a client who was torn between two career paths. At the time, Ruby had a stable and well-paying job in the public sector. She had been promoted regularly and had a very good reputation with her management and peers. Yet, Ruby's interest in her work had severely waned, while her interest in plants and flowers had grown. Once only a hobby, she had started selling flower arrangements to friends and neighbors. Her flower business was only moderately successful, however, due to the fact that she had her normal full-time job consuming much of her time.
Ruby came to me wondering what the cards said about her possible career paths. In fact, she came to me three times! Each time, however, the Justice card came up when discussing her public sector job. Ruby would be dejected every time she saw this card, it's simple message seeming to be "this is the right choice."
But we have power in life, and Justice begged Ruby to go deeper to see why the public sector job was currently better. As Ruby thought about it, she saw that she had put herself in this position. For one, she had bought a house whose mortgage required her salary. She had also grown accustomed to having a certain financial comfort, including the ability to support her extended family at times. She had also spent years getting a Masters degree in the very field she was working in. At every turn, Ruby made decisions that made it harder for her to leave.
For Ruby to change this situation now, she would need to address some of these aspects. For instance, she may have to sell her house. To make such a big change in her life, such adjustments would need to be made. Justice told Ruby that if she were serious about this, she was going to have to be as deliberate about starting her new business as she was about building her current career. She'd have to go back to Step 1. Is it worth it?
The Bottom Line: Unvarnished Wisdom
When Justice pops up in your reading, you're getting Spirit's unvarnished opinion on the situation you're facing. The important thing is to remember you played a role. By taking personal responsibility, you're setting yourself up to make better decisions down the line, which is nothing more than conscious living at its best. So listen to what she's trying to tell you and what you know to be true. It's truth, plain and simple.