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On this card we see the familiar figure of Justice. She has the scales of equality and impartial judgment in one hand, and the sword of decision in the other. Justice represents the understanding that life is ultimately fair and just. Even though the vagaries of day-to-day life tend to make us doubt this fact, Justice reminds us that there is divine balance.

There is a serious feel to Justice - the tone of the courtroom. This card refers to legal matters of all kinds, but is not restricted to them. The courts are where judgments are made and decisions rendered. Our legal system is the official arena in which we explore the principles of Justice - fairness, impartiality and the quest for truth.

Justice often appears when you are concerned with doing what is right or making sure you receive your due. This card can also appear when you are feeling the impact of a past mistake or good deed. The cause you set in motion at one time is now returning to you as an effect.

Sometimes Justice is a signal to do what needs to be done. A time comes when responsibilities must be accepted, and accounts settled. The past will continue to haunt you if you do not recognize your mistakes and make amends for them. You will need to weigh matters carefully and perhaps make important decisions about your future course.

respecting justice:

insisting on fairness, acting on ethical principles, being involved in legal concerns, committing to honesty, seeking equality, being impartial, trying to do what is right

assuming responsibility:

settling old accounts and debts, being accountable, acknowledging the truth, admitting involvement, handling the situation, doing what has to be done

preparing for a decision:

weighing all sides of an issue, setting a course for the future, balancing all factors, determining right action, choosing with full awareness

understanding cause and effect:

accepting the results you created, seeing how you chose your situation, recognizing the action of karma, knowing that what is makes sense, making connections between events