Saturday, November 17, 2012

XI Justice

XI Justice

Keywords: Accountability, Balance, Cause & effect, Ethical, Fairness, Force, Fortitude, Harmony, Impartiality, Justice, Karma, Personal responsibility, Principled, Right actions, Spiritual power, Truth

Reinforcing Cards Possibilities:
Emperor – justice, regulations, legal issues
Judgment – deciding, accepting past actions/mistakes
Ten of Wands – accepting responsibility, being accountable
Nine of Swords – guilt over the past, acknowledging mistakes
Seven of Pentacles – assessing where you are, deciding a future course

Opposing Cards Possibilities:
Two of Swords – avoiding the truth, disavowing your role
Five of Swords – lack of integrity, not doing what is right
Seven of Swords – shirking responsibility

Respecting justice!
Insisting on fairness
Acting on ethical principles
Being involved in legal concerns
Committing to honesty
Seeking equality
Being impartial
Trying to do what is right

Assuming responsibility!
Settling old accounts and debts
Being accountable
Acknowledging the truth
Admitting involvement
Handling the situation
Doing what has to be done

Preparing for a decision!
Weighing all sides of an issue
Setting a course for the future
Balancing all factors
Determining right action
Choosing with full awareness

Understanding cause and effect!
Accepting the results you created
Seeing how you chose your situation
Recognizing the action of karma
Knowing that what is makes sense
Making connections between events

On Card 11 we see the familiar figure of Justice. She has the scales of equality and impartial judgment in one hand, and the sword of decision in the other. In the tarot, Justice represents the understanding that life is ultimately fair and just. Even though the vagaries of day-to-day life tend to make us doubt this fact, Justice reminds us that there is divine balance. Notice the similarity between the Emperor and Justice. Both cards stand for universal order; the Emperor in its underlying structure, Justice, in the action of karma - cause and effect.

There is a serious feel to Card 11 - the tone of the courtroom. This card refers to legal matters of all kinds, but is not restricted to them. The courts are where judgments are made and decisions rendered. Our legal system is the official arena in which we explore the principles of Justice - fairness, impartiality and the quest for truth.

In readings, Justice often appears when you are concerned with doing what is right or making sure you receive your due. This card can also appear when you are feeling the impact of a past mistake or good deed. The cause you set in motion at one time is now returning to you as an effect.

Sometimes Justice is a signal to do what needs to be done. A time comes when responsibilities must be accepted, and accounts settled. The past will continue to haunt you if you do not recognize your mistakes and make amends for them. You will need to weigh matters carefully and perhaps make important decisions about your future course.

Don’t be judgmental. Look to the evidence in the situation so there will be no bias when making your decision.

Take personal responsibility for yourself and your Path.

Let others follow their own path without interference from you.
Achieving a new sense of balance; harmony.
Taking responsibility for one’s own actions. Develop and follow your intuition. Advance with faith, accomplishing your duties without hesitation.

Hidden forces are at work, although obstacles are more imaginary than real.

Reject temptations, overcoming evil with good. Fear defeats purpose, but success demands organization.

Justice represents the law of “work”, “action” or karma. It is a symbolic picture of the process of learning and changing through experience. The scales are weighted down on one side or the other by actions performed within the wheel of life. The figure of Justice is another aspect of the Priestess, this time in dark robes as an agent of correction. The sword brings upon us forces from which we can learn, often painfully, but always justly. The veils behind Justice, which cover the light, may be lifted, one by one, only through personal willingness to accept the lessons of life.

Your present position is one you have earned; there is a lesson for you within it that may help you “lift a veil”.

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