Every time that a Major Arcana card pops up by itself during the week, I have come to understand that a big lesson is coming. This isn’t just any lesson; it can’t be used as an easy fix. I’m talking about a life lesson, something that is firmly rooted in the components of your soul. You can’t ignore something like that, no matter how much you try. As a card, I can see Justice interpreted as the cold truth. As being detached from an emotional perception, but still being able to point things out clearly. So how do you do that? How can you shut off emotions to that extent?
The truth is that you can’t. You can’t detach yourself from how you feel when you are directly involved in a situation. Your very own sentimental heart makes it too difficult. The next best thing is to find an intermediary. The most impartial person you can find in the environment. The key is that the person can’t be directly involved in the situation. If you have failed to resolve an important situation by yourself, it’s time to break out of that toxic situation. The purpose is to find a solution in the case that the situation can not go back to the way it was — trust me, having that happen is a luxury.
Finding yourself in a situation such as this is exasperating; you want a solution now, not later. The notion of an unresolved situation is enough to keep you on your toes as you make up a thousand possible scenarios and estimate how much time you have until they begin manifesting. The good news is that this is not likely to happen if you’re not a psychic or a tarot card reader. If you are, well…
THE SCALES AND THE SWORD
There is an aspect of the Justice card that always says a lot to me in a reading. The fact that she is blindfolded is shocking, because she doesn’t see the cases she judges through the eyes of a mortal. This is an indication that she doesn’t need to ‘see’ to be fair. This means that any possible bias or sentimental association is detached from whatever situation she is facing. She will be impartial no matter what comes her way. That’s wise indeed!
The scales are the infamous symbol for Libras, which are the only inanimate object of the Zodiac. As such, some could argue they have the least bit of personality, when the prevalent element is the fact that they’re fair. The scales stand for a more traditional and diplomatic branch of justice, the kind that can bring forth good solution with the employment of dialogue. There is more compassion present in this branch as well as fairness. It is the kind of circumstance in which both side can emerge winning or at least in compromise. The scales cover the most ideal setting; when both parts can talk it out without having a middleman tending to the situation. This requires the most restraint (VIII. Strength) to do. They can also represent female and masculine polarities, light and dark, good or bad, and so on.
The swords represent a more widely used form of bringing matters to justice in our society. This represents truth as imposed by force and underlying violent actions or verbiage. It is a sign of aggression that is used to cut to the truth, no matter who is hurt and why. It’s the aspect of us that doesn’t feel any compassion for the other side, and the one that most often produces unwanted circumstances as an end result.
The real balance is in knowing when to be merciful and when to apply force. I find a natural preference for the ideal influence of the scales, but certainly see where the sword comes into play. Although Strength and Justice are often exchanged in numbers in the RWS and Thoth, I feel that these two cards go side by side. It takes courage to tell the truth, and even more with restraint. These aspects of our lives are all intertwined, we just don’t notice. Much like the perfect DNA strand, weaving endlessly in a helix that contains everything therein.
PERSONAL REFLECTIONS ABOUT JUSTICE
Back when I was a little girl, I was a firm advocate of the code of ethics that my family passed down to me. I was firm in the fact that people could talk things over employing the principles of diplomacy, without having to step over each other’s boundaries. It was an idealistic point of view of ethics, but I still maintain the same belief today. Granted, when I was six and life was pink, I didn’t have the preoccupations of a young adult setting out to deal with the rest of the world. The semi-perfect bubble that I lived in shielded me from having any serious worries at that age; back then my drama was trivial — and dare I say it, made up. Nowadays I don’t have the same privilege, and I’m in the process of learning a much more realistic way of doing damage control without turning my back on my firm ideals. There isn’t always a logical explanation for all the situations that cross us. The reality is that these situations just need to be dealt with.
I have said before that the heart is the compass of fate, but now I see that the principles it abides by are its North.