XI. Justice


Key words

Upright: fairness, responsibility, truth, cause and effect

Reversed: dishonesty, unfairness, bias, injustice


A crowned figure wears a red robe and sits between two pillars. The purple veil in the background suggests that compassion must be the underpinning in all pursuits of justice. The figure holds a sword in one hand and a balanced scale in the other. The double-edged blade of the sword is a reminder that actions have consequences, even when those actions are in the name of justice. 


11 = 1+1 = 2: Balance, duality, cooperation, choices

Justice Upright

The Justice card often shows up in advance of a major decision that will have long-term consequences. Before approaching a decision, remove factors that could unbalance your assessment of the situation. You may be left with an empty scale like the figure in the card, but you can be intentional about what you add. Discern helpful thoughts from unhelpful ones; seek to understand the emotional and logical aspects of every problem. Rather than dismissing counterarguments, take a moment to see what you can learn from your opposition. It might provide an opportunity to change the conversation in your favor. 

Justice Reversed

The Justice card in reverse represents, well, injustice. You may be asked to own up to your actions or you might be owed retribution. If you’re faced with a big decision, make sure you’re taking into account all the relevant facts. Be sure not to choose your path based on bias, conscious or unconscious. Listen to your head and your heart. If there’s a conflict between the two, explore that. Remember to be honest with yourself and others.