How to Interpret the Justice Card
The principal message of the Justice card is that a universal equilibrium and balance will always return. Truth will come out, and in the end honesty will be victorious.
... a universal equilibrium and balance will always return. Truth will come out ...
In the simplest sense, Justice indicates that wrongs are ultimately balanced by right. A universal moral symmetry will and must be achieved.
But a more nuanced interpretation of the card is that it represents not only the final balancing of the scales, but an active search for that equilibrium. The eyes of Justice are not blindfolded — they are wide open.
The appearance of Justice in a reading not only heralds the eventual reckoning where prior injustices are corrected — but may also indicate the active and ongoing pursuit of truth.
The card may also be reminding us to be truthful and honest with ourselves — because ultimately we will be forced to reckon with that truth as the scales of justice balance.
The card may also indicate the payment of a financial debt, or a legal settlement.
In a relationship reading, Justice often heralds the evening out of a relationship power-imbalance or the settling of a longstanding disagreement.
The Justice Card Inverted
The reversed Justice card can have a few different interpretations. Generally speaking, they all have to do with an improper balancing of the Scales of Justice.
In many cases, the inverted Justice card indicates that someone is not taking responsibility for poor choices made in the past. Those poor choices have created an imbalance which will balance eventually, one way or another.
... a current debt may go unpaid, or that something borrowed may not be returned ...
A similar interpretation is that a past crime, legal offense, lie or moral transgression has yet to be reckoned with. That moral imbalance is creating tension and spiritual pain somewhere.
The appearance of the inverted Justice card is a reminder not to let imbalances stay imbalanced. The card serves as a gentle nudge to keep working towards a resolution — or things may get worse.
The card may also indicate that a current debt may go unpaid, or that something borrowed may not be returned. If the card is referencing a past event, it may point to a past debt or past loan which was never settled.