A basic principle of justice is that we are innocent until proven guilty, but in reality it has happened far too often through history that weve been regarded as guilty until we were able to prove our innocence – beyond any reasonable doubt.

The Justice Card as YouIf the Tarot Justice card has a position in the divination spread referring to you, it means you have to make a judgment about a person or a situation – or a combination thereof. Its not a pleasant task, but necessary. You should remind yourself that justice is difficult to reach, because truth is elusive. We just dont know all, and therefore we are rarely fit to judge. So, dont hurry to your conclusion. Try to be lenient if there is any reasonable doubt involved, and there almost always is.

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The Tarot Justice card meaning in a nutshell:

Notice also that on the Tarot Justice card image, the sword is held high, as if to strike, whereas the scales are held low. Thats an indication of values between them in the mind of this figure of justice: Fairness in trial is of less importance than the order imposed by the might of the law. So, beware of justice in the shape suggested by this Tarot card.

Justitia. Statue in Bern by Hans Gieng, 1543. Justitia was not blindfolded until at the end of the 15th century.

So, the Tarot Justice card indicates that the system of justice is hazardous even to the innocent. You need not only to obey the law, but give the impression of doing so. Thats not always easy. How can you prove that you are a law-abiding citizen?

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Even if you come out of it free of any accusations, you cant be sure that its because of justice being done or just because you pleased the court. Thats a victory with a bitter taste to it and a remaining sense of uncertainty.

The blindfold on the personification of justice appeared at the end of the 15th century, as on the 1543 statue by Hans Gieng below, which may be the first known representation of blindfolded justice:

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Still, Justice on the picture of this Tarot card shows no hint of humility or hesitation. Not much benefit of a doubt is to be expected. A person with this characteristic needs to learn moderation and consideration. We all err. That goes for judges, too.

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Compare the other Tarot card about justice:Judgement.

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The Justice of the Tarot is not blind. Theres the sword representing the sharp firmness of the law, and the scales by which to judge the actions of men, as carried by every image ofJustitia. But the Tarot Justice has no blindfold, the guarantee that all people are treated as equals before the law. Unfortunately, that has often proven to be closer to the truth about justice.

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The Justice Card as a PersonIf the Tarot Justice card refers to a person, which is not the most common case, it is someone determined on making a judgment about you and the situation you are in. This person is hard to convince, it is even hazardous to try. You can do little more than be honest and hope for the best. On the other hand, it is not sure that this persons decision has that much of effect on your life – other than in your relation to him or her.

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The Tarot Justice card, then, refers to the judgmental attitude – the one expecting and seeing faults in others and not in a hurry to reconsider or forgive. But if you stand the test, you are acquitted, most definitely, and everything will be fine. You may even receive respect.

The Justice Card as an EventIf the Tarot Justice card in your divination spread refers to an event, it means you face a trial of some sort. Its not necessarily in a court, but there will be a judgment made and it will effect you. Probably, you have very little influence over what the judgment will be, no matter what you do. So, you do well to prepare for any outcome.

The other great uncertainty with justice, implied by the Tarot Justice card, is the elusive nature of truth. As Pontius Pilate asked rhetorically: What is truth? We are rarely sure of having found it, extremely rarely all of it and nothing but it. So, who can judge, really?

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