Positive: Fairness. Clarity. Impartiality. Law & Order.
Negative: Fickle. Bias. Indecision. Red Tape.
Qabalah: Lamed (Ox Goad)
Archetypes: Karma. Avenger. Mediator.
Herbs: Dill, Garlic, Honeysuckle, Violet.
Crystal: Cat’s Eye, Jet.
Introduction: Justice deals with the idea of karma and the law of cause and effect, stating that all events, and all people, are connected. It’s important to remember that not everything you are dealing with, however, is a direct result of your own actions or karma. Sometimes you will be called upon to deal with the results of the actions of someone you care about, and this can sometimes be as difficult and demanding as it is when you’re up against something that is completely of your own making. Don’t blame yourself unnecessarily.
General: This card evokes the need for fairness, balance, and harmony. Operate in as balanced and reasonable a fashion as you can. This includes in how you think about and treat yourself. If you are directly involved with a court case, it is likely to be resolved, at least in large degree, in your favor.
Work: You need to be sure that your work/life balance is where it needs to be. Too much emphasis on either throws the other into balance. For most people, one or the other comes more easily to us; be sure that regardless of which field (personal life or work) you feel most comfortable in, that you are giving the other part of life as much attention and energy. Balance is necessary in order to thrive.
Love: If you are questioning whether you and your long-term partner are likely to stay together, often when this card appears, the answer is that you are likely to choose to go your separate ways. On the other hand, if you are single, this is a time when commitment may be coming your way very shortly. Stay clear about what you most want from relationships, and you are likely to “find it” that much sooner.
Finances: This is a good time for games of chance. Very often, when this card appears in the context of money, it can mean that a (usually fairly small) “windfall” is coming your way. Even if you don’t gamble in any way, money that you weren’t expecting can show up now. That’s always a good thing. Use it wisely.
Health: It’s important to “stay in the moment” and, once again, to pay attention to how you are (or are not) keeping a sense of balance in your life. Moderation is not just for monks, it’s an important part of living a sensible and healthy life. Consider how you might be “out of balance” – particularly if you have a health challenge now and remedy the situation. You have the power to do so.
Spirituality: This is a time to work on being grounded. Do you feel as though you are connected to the earth and your fellow man? Can you be “in the world” but not “of the world?” Balance again is the theme here. Working on keeping the proper perspective about life will help you to stay centered.
Introduction: Whether reversed or upright, Justice deals with the idea of karma and the law of cause and effect, stating that all events, and all people, are connected. Not everything you are dealing with, however, is a direct result of your own actions or karma. Sometimes you will be called upon to deal with the results of the actions of someone you care about, and this can sometimes be as difficult and demanding as it is when you’re up against something that is completely of your own making. In reversal you are especially encouraged to know whether a given issue is “yours” or someone else’s. Don’t blame yourself unnecessarily.
General: In reverse, this card can mean that you are feeling currently as though something happening in your life is particularly unjust. You may well be correct. However, there may not be a great deal that you can do about it, and if there is not, it will be important to accept reality and not chafe too much.
Work: When Justice comes up in reverse in the context of a work question, you may indeed be being treated unfairly in your workplace. However, there may not be a great deal which you can do to change this in the short term. Think critically and logically about what is happening and do not allow emotion to make you “cut off your nose to spite your face.” Even when reversed, this card carries the warning that you need to be sure that your work/life balance is where it needs to be. Too much emphasis on either aspect of life throws the other into imbalance. Seek the best advice you can find before making any major changes with regard to your working life. Yes, things may be unjust. However the solution may be of longer term than simply leaving or creating a confrontation about it. Slow down.
Love: When you draw Justice in reverse, in the context of a love relationship, it can be very important that you look carefully at exactly what you are bringing about in this relationship. You may feel that you have been treated unfairly when this card appears (and this may be the case,) however it’s important to bear in mind that such things rarely come about in a vacuum. How might you have contributed to the current situation or current difficulties, if you are currently in a relationship? When you draw this card in reverse and you are looking for love, know that although you may feel as though you are ready for a long-term, loving relationship, that there may be ways in which you are standing in your own way to prevent love from coming to you. For example, if you are too eager to make changes to your own life, in order to “fit” with a partner, you may in fact need to develop stronger boundaries and a stronger sense of self before a true, loving, long term relationship will come about for you. Meditation on these matters can be helpful now.
Health: Even when Justice is drawn in reversal, in the context of health, we are reminded that it is important to “stay in the moment” and to pay attention to how we are endeavoring to keep a sense of balance in our lives. Moderation is not just for monks, it’s an important part of living a sensible and healthy life. This is a good and an important time to seek advice from more experienced people and different healers if you are having health difficulties.
Finances: With Justice in reverse showing, this is unlikely to be a good time for gambling. Be cautious and prudent with your money, and see to it that particularly with cash, you are careful where you put it and who has access to it. If you are waiting on an answer to financial issues and questions that must come from someone else/an institution, unfortunately you my have to wait a while longer. Try to be patient.
Spirituality: Regardless of what is going on in your life and even if you feel that you have been absolutely unfairly treated, this is a time to work on being centered and grounded. Your anger and sense of maltreatment are not going to help you. If you are really having a tough time dealing with what life has challenged you with now, you may find the writings of the current Dalai Lama very helpful and inspirational. Increase your compassion, for yourself, and for the world. You are not being singled out for torment.