Tarot - the Fool's Circle of Life
by Danielle Astrid Ricard
For ease in writing, I will use the gender pronoun that best matches the illustration below - no sexism intended. To listen to Musical accompaniment, look for a small link in the text!
This Archetype is number 8 (sometimes 11) of 22 Trump or Major Arcana cards in the Tarot. While the remaining pip and court cards portray more mundane realitie, these cards represent higher energies, karmic forces, powers beyond our control, and superhuman strengths. In the Thoth Tarot deck, Justice is ruled by Libra
~ What is Right ~
In some decks, this is the 8th trump, and in others the 11th - (making Strength the 8th.) But - because I chose this deck to illustrate this card, and the number is 8 - so I have numbered it!
This image of Justice (from the Cosmic Tarot) portrays what she means to me more than any other I've seen - because the focus is so clearly on her eyes. In many decks, she is shown blindfolded. (I suppose this is because Justice is "blind" to everything but Justice itself!)
The way I see it, true justice takes everyone involved into pure, honest consideration, and as such - she needs to have all her senses completely intact, and see all. Is it right to merely punish the offender, and not make amends to the offended? Do we consider the needs of the victim, or are we content with revenge for the crime? Are we truly seeing what NEEDS to be done to make things right? Justice is impartial, fair, dispassionate, cool, and firm in her decisions. She cares about those she places under her scrutiny.
Whoever draws this card - consider yourself watched - or watch yourself! Perhaps you need to consider every angle, and every player a bit more carefully. Maybe the hatchet will come down on you! Even in family matters - this card might pop up just to tell you that it's time to sincerely consider the needs of everyone, and act accordingly. Selfishness, unbridled emotions and unfair words and deeds just won't do!!
Depending on the cards coming before and after, this card can mean justice served, or justice coming up. Either way, think about those ironclad decisions - like marriage, divorce, agreements entered into or broken, promises made, and punishments doled out. Take a good look at how you treat anyone who depends on you to even things out and make it all right. When you make your stand - weigh carefully, or sooner or later - Karma herself will weigh for you!
MEDITATION: Contemplate the sense of Justice and fair play within you. Think about your ability to dispassionately decide on behalf of others, or yourself.
PERSONAL DISCUSSIONS: When have you felt the energy of Justice, or the Judge? Have you seen it in other people? Have you had happy/sad experiences with this energy? Reflect on the times you have judged or been judged. Were you treated fairly? Did you make a fair decision yourself? Why or why not? What could you have done to change things?
TAROT EXPERIENCE: Recalling a time when you may have you drawn this card, what were the circumstances surrounding it, and what did it mean to you? How do you feel this archetype affects the cards that come before or after?
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