number of symbolic elements appear on this card that we have al- ready examined
in previous images in the Major Arcana. These are: a robe, a crown, a throne, a
square, a sword, and the presence of two pillars. The pillars represent the two
primary forces of life: positive and negative. Justice stands between these
opposites, seeking and ad- ministering harmony and right living. Everything
about this card speaks of fairness and balance. The scales, of course, are the
most obvious representation of this state. We could say that we are dealing in
the realm of personal karma, the Law of Cause and Effect. This is the card most
closely associated with the sign Libra, ruled by the planet Venus, goddess of
beauty and harmony. Libra is an airy sign, indicating communication. The Scales
of Justice balance the Laws of Heaven with the laws of humanity. They are golden
in color, bringing the light of the sun (Spirit) into all human decisions. Libra
also governs the kidneys and urinary tract, organs of elimination. Justice
thereby decrees that we have to eliminate all forms of expression in our
personal life that impede a harmonious outcome of the situation in question. It
is only then that Heavenly Justice can prevail, bringing right action into the
outer circumstances of our lives.
tells us that the querent will get what she deserves, no matter what she may
think is her just re- ward. If she has been fair in dealing with the situation
(usually involving a personal relationship), she will definitely ôreap what
she has sown." The same is true if a person has acted unfairly towards
another. If the querent should be involved in some legal action, this card
indicates that the de- serving side will win, whether it is querent or someone
card represents prejudice, bias, and the abuse of justice when it appears in the
reversed position. The people involved are being unfairly or excessively
punished in the present set of circumstances. Another interpretation is that
such individuals are making decisions that haven't been fully thought through,
or they are not taking other people's needs into consideration. This will result
in injustice and require balanced actions sometime in the future.
Impartial decisions are made on the basis of what is fair for everyone.
Doctrine of Karma, action and reaction: the Law of Cause and Effect.
~from the Pocket Guide to Tarot