achieving balance

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Tarot Alley uses the Rider Waite type of deck for our meanings, symbols, interpretations, etc.

Justice represents fairness, balance, and equity. It is a balancing of scales, a redistribution of anything that leads to equity, reparations for wrongdoing, and more. There can be no peace without justice. There can be no moving on without justice. Justice is necessary.

A cornerstone of Justice is her objectiveness. However, in real life, objectiveness is an ideal that we can strive to move towards but we cannot ever achieve.

When one claims to be doing something “objectively” they’re claiming to completely remove themselves from their decision-making and relying exclusively on some external system of logic. But everyone – everyone – has bias, opinions, feelings, upbringing, and so much more that we cannot simply pretend doesn’t exist.

Objectiveness, in real life, is a ridiculous concept that’s regularly used to perpetuate unfairness, injustice, discrimination, and hatred. This is not what the Justice card should represent.

Film and literature does a beautiful job representing justice in an idealized manner. Good triumphs over evil, social change always wins out for the greater good, progress is made, fairness is the end result. There are struggles and losses to get there, but the end result is equity.

Justice as an archetype is perfect. Justice in real life is a constant battle that represent constantly evolving social and personal ideals. It is a straightforward and honest card that deals in truth and logic but in real life it cannot be fully emotionless. 

Important Note: Strength is usually card #8 and Justice is #11. BUT, in some decks that card numbers are switched and you’ll find Justice is #8 and Strength is #11.

Take a look at the Rider-Waite Justice displayed to the left (or above).

What is your first impression?

Who is this person? What are they doing? Where are they? What are they holding a sword and scales?

There’s no right or wrong answer here, just your interpretation.

Astrology: Libra
Element: Air
Numerology: 11 = 1+1=2 (debate, partnership, duality)

Common Symbols

  • Scales to represent balance and fairness
  • a Sword to represent rational thought
  • Crowns, thrones, or other royal symbols to represent power and status

Keywords & Concepts

  • Rational
  • Logical
  • Objective
  • Justice
  • Fairness
  • Balance
  • Accountability
  • Clarity
  • Truth
  • Ideals

Justice for Personal Growth

Everyone faces limitations of some kind. Learn your own limits. Rather than allow them to define you, use what you know to better position yourself for success. Learn when to say yes; know when to say no.

Ask Yourself:

  • To what extent is your life (or work) balanced? 
  • How can you achieve greater objectivity?
  • What course of action would be fair to everyone concerned?
  • What would a judge or lawyer do in your situation?
  • How can you enhance your own objectivity?
  • What needs to be evaluated or weighed today?
  • What information is crucial to your decision? What are the pros and cons?

Interpreting Justice

When the Justice card appears it means that you’re about to go through a process of balancing. And that’s exactly what justice is: a process. It isn’t a single moment in time or a result. 

Reversed Justice

How you read reversals is a personal choice. You can ignore reversals and read them as if the card is upright (this is what I often choose to do) or you can interpret reversals as variations of what they would mean upright. There are 3 common ways to read reversals: as a negative interpretation, as an opposite interpretation, or as a block on the upright interpretation. Check out How to Read Reversals for more information.

Negative: A negative reversed Justice suggests unfair treatment with little to no recourse.

Opposite: An opposite reversed Justice means you are being treated unfairly through no choice or action of your own.

Blocked: A blocked reversed Justice indicates something is preventing you from achieving balance.

Examples of Justice

Specific Interpretations

Specific situations are the general interpretation (from above) used for a specific situation (love, career, etc). There is no need to memorize these (or even look them up) if you understand the general interpretation. However, here are some basic interpretations for some specific situations:

Love & Relationships

When it comes to love and relationships, Justice is about truth and consequences. Everyone is going to get what they deserve when the Justice card appears – good or bad.

If you’re in a relationship, Justice represents a period of brutal honesty and the consequences of that honesty. If there has been cheating, lies, or other dishonest behaviour, expect to pay for it (or your partner to pay for it) now. If there has been openness and honesty in your relationship, expect to reap the rewards via stronger commitment.

Justice can also represent an upcoming marriage.

If you’re single, Justice suggests karma. If you’ve been good to past partners, expect a new relationship based no trust and honesty. If you’ve treated past partners poorly, be aware of potential negative relationships heading your way.


Negative: A negative reversed Justice suggests some negative karma is heading your way. 

Opposite: An opposite reversed Justice means that nobody is going to get what they deserve.

Blocked: A blocked reversed Justice indicates something is standing in the way of honesty or the consequences of bad behaviour.

Professional Life

Justice is a card of balance and fairness. When it appears in a professional reading, it often means you need to pay attention to your work-life balance.


Negative: A negative reversed Justice suggests unfair treatment. Watch out for sabotage.

Opposite: An opposite reversed Justice means you have a favorable work-life balance already but could easily disrupt it.

Blocked: A blocked reversed Justice indicates something is standing between you and a healthy work-life balance.

Health & Wellness

Justice suggests an imbalance in your life. Are you overindulging in something? Are you under-doing something? 


Negative: A negative reversed Justice suggests that you’re over (or under) indulging in something very unhealthy. If you don’t correct the balance, there will be severe negative consequences.

Opposite: An opposite reversed Justice means your health is pretty well balanced. Be careful not to shake things up too much.

Blocked: A blocked reversed Justice indicates something is preventing you from correcting a health imbalance.

Justice Tarot Card Meaning

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Justice is all about achieving balance. What area of your life is unbalanced right now? Now’s a great time to try and rebalance it.

Once you feel comfortable with the Justice tarot card meaning, check out the next card in the tarot deck: XII – the Hanged Man Tarot Card Meaning.


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