11 - Justice Tarot Card Meaning

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This post covers the Justice Tarot Card Meaning in the traditional tarot deck. The featured tarot card is from the Tarot Apokalypsis deck (paid link) by Erik C. Dunne and Kim Huggens.

Planet: Venus

Astrology: Libra –  Balance, karmic law, weight and measure, and practicality.

Element: FIRE: Intuition, Spirit, action of the will, inspiration, creativity, energy, initiative, goal-directed activity, passion, courage, desire, enthusiasm, aggression, will, and optimism.

Hermetic Kabbalah Element: 22 – Lame


  • Libra energy, balance, need for fairness, equilibrium, and harmony.
  • Karma, the law of consequences, causes, and effects
  • Legal matters, diplomacy, court case resolution, mediation, and arbitration.
  • Detached observation, truth, clarity, and decision-making.

Justice Tarot Card Meaning In a Reading

At a cross-roads

  • Justice comes up when we find ourselves at a crossroads and there is a need to make a decision about something that (knowingly or unknowingly) has great importance for our life in the future.
  • It can also mean that a decision concerning you is being made (such as a decision on a job or study application, or a legal decision) and it will have a major impact on your life’s course (one way or another). Someone has investigated the situation concerned and has arrived at a decision that is fair and honest. All things considered, the right decision has been made. 
  • In every decision we make there is a sacrifice – Justice wants us to make our decisions based on our highest ideals and highest truths.

A Time to Achieve Clarity

  • This may be a good time to look for distinctions to achieve clarity – right vs wrong, truth vs lies, and understanding the context of a situation until the situation can be seen with clarity.
  • This card can indicate a legal proceeding that includes questions of rightness, fairness, justice, and ethics.

A Time to be Accountable

  • It may be time to employ accountability and take responsibility for own actions and inner conflicts.
  • There may be a need to consider the consequences of situations/actions on ourselves and others.
  • This may be a good time to get clear on our own truth and behave in accordance with our own ideals. Are you spending your time in alignment with your values? Where do you need to get into alignment? For example, where have you said “I want to do x” but haven’t yet? Where have you said “I want to do y” but maybe it is time to give it up and move on.
  • Justice follows the Wheel of Fortune – Justice goes more deeply into karma (shadow side of luck) and consequences. It’s about balancing or dealing with the consequences of that chance encounter / opportunity. Justice comes in to address the need for balance.

Fairness in a Current Situation

  • There may be a need to consider what a fair exchange looks like for you in the current situation. Is the energy exchange fair? Are you treating others fairly? Are others treating you fairly (e.g., fair compensation)

A Need to Cut Ties

  • This card may come up when we need to cut ties with patterns that are deeply toxic and harmful (especially in relation to our lineage). Is there something that you need to change/do that is radically different than your family?

Symbolism in card

  • A woman in red, often blindfolded and holding a sword. She is the Empress, Libra, Venus, and the woman from the Strength card.
  • Scales – fairness, balance, and weighing out complex decisions. Things aren’t always fair and how do we deal with that?
  • Sword – discrimination, language, distinguishing things, achieving clarity, separation. The sword can bring clarity but it can also be a weapon.
  • Libra – scales, harmony, beauty, balance, air sign.
  • Blindfold – Justice is above prejudice and bribery.
  • Numerology – Number 11 in the major arcana. 1 + 1 = 2 (corresponds to the High Priestess (#2); Represents both spirituality and ethics paired up together.

High expression

  • Forgiveness (vs. punishment)
  • Understanding that being impartial is impossible and that we are always making decisions based on our perceptions.
  • Using discernment to make distinctions and see clearly.
  • Being accountable and taking responsibility for own actions / inner conflicts.

Shadow side

  • Lack of accountability.
  • Keeping things status quo because we don’t want to change (even though it is the right thing to do)
  • Unreasonable or toxic expectations of others.
  • Punitive thinking and cultural aspects.
  • Cancel culture
  • Indecision.

Magical uses

  • Energetic cord cutting (to the past, to people, to bad habits, or energetics);
  • Releasing karmic contracts (writing a contract release, contract canceling ceremony)

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Justice card from the Light Seer’s Tarot Deck (paid link)

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