Justice Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
XI Justice Correspondences:
Keywords & phrases:
Balanced thought, the law/legal matters.
Justice Tarot Card Meanings:
In the Tarot de Marseille Justice is numbered eight, and Strength eleven, as also explained previously in Strength, with reference to the Order of the Golden Dawn and A E Waite making the switch.
The image usually depicts a figure balancing the scales of justice, in the Gilded Tarot she is blindfolded to emphasise impartiality. Justice weighs the scales with impartiality to find the balance in favour of a ruling that is right and fair to all, she does not take sides but simply balances the facts and evidence to come to the truth. (Some readers associate this card with karma, although personally I relate that to the Judgement card.)
The Justice Tarot card can be literal in representing the law and legal matters around you, so any form of legal documents and contracts would also be relevant. When this card appears in your reading it may suggest that you need to take a clear and logical view to a matter, to be impartial but fair and honest in your dealings.
If reversed or ill-dignified, it may suggest imbalance, unfair dealings, false accusations, or complications with a legal matter.
Similar or supporting cards: The Ace of Pentacles (contracts with material connection) The Emperor (rational and practical) The Hermit (deep thought and contemplation) Temperance (balanced emotions) King or Queen of Swords (lawyers, police, men/women with legal connections) Two of Pentacles (maintaining balance)
Opposing or contradictory cards: Five of Wands (imbalance) Two of Swords (indecision, two minds) Five of Swords (dishonest)
Justice Tarot Card Combinations:
Due to the legal implications of Justice there are lots of possible combinations, however, always check the defined meanings you normally use and follow progressions carefully to avoid misinterpretation or jumping to conclusions. I tend to look for a number of reinforcing cards when less favourable indications are present; these are more evident when using the Life Spread and Anchor.
In legal matters you would hope to find a favourable card immediately following Justice to show a good outcome and happy resolution (The World, The Sun, Three of Cups, Six of Wands, etc).
> The Devil: may indicate corruption, if surrounded (either side) or if followed by Eight of Swords and The Devil can sometimes indicate prison, or imprisoned.
> Hierophant > Emperor: These three together (in any combination) indicate a situation dealing with higher authorities, government, law of the land, etc.
> Judgement: Sometimes literal.
> Ace of Pentacles > Ten of Pentacles: Will or inheritance, or property purchase. If the Knight of Wands included would indicate property transaction and home move (purchase, lease, etc)
> Ten of Wands: Weighed down by official rules and regulations, red tape.
Eight of Pentacles > Justice: New employment contract
> Eight of Wands > The Chariot > Justice: on a mundane level, possible speeding ticket, without the Eight it may signify legal documentation connected to a vehicle.
Ten of Pentacles > Justice >Three of Swords: could indicate a legal dispute with family.
Three of Swords > Five of Cups > Ten of Swords > Justice: various combinations for divorce proceedings but exercise care and read the progression as the order is important.
Justice > Ace of Pentacles > Five of Pentacles: liquidation, filing for bankruptcy, or losing a legal case that may prove costly.
Supports all and any marriage cards (marriage certificate).
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