Upright/Well Dignified: The Justice card making an appearance means that something that has been unbalanced is going to be righted. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always mean good news for whoever pulled the card. Justice, also known as Adjustment, is a card about being called to answer for your actions and accepting the results,whether these are positive results or negative consequences. This is not an easy card to pull when you aren’t sure where you stand on a situation, although it can be a call to pay attention to how things seem to be balanced. This card can sometimes be seen as a symbol of “the convention ” where there are certain standards that need to be met in order for things to ideal. This isn’t surprising as the goddess shown in many tarot decks carrying the scales and the sword is Themis, the Greek goddess of convention.

In many examples of the Justice tarot card, Justice carries both a sword and a pair of scales. The scales are representative of the need to balance the oppositional aspects of things in order to maintain relative balance and harmony. The sword, often overlooked, is a little more complex. Where the scales are a tool used to measure, the sword is to put that measurement into action. The sword is an active tool of discrimination, not in the negative sense, but in the sense of cutting away the unnecessary to show what’s truly needed to get the best possible result in a situation. This card, being about convention, can be especially true in many social settings.

Reversed/Ill Dignified: Some sort of injustice has occurred and it is being ignored for one reason or another. The most common reason that it’s not being addressed is that it’s not being made apparent. It might take a little digging, but things that should follow a particular pattern or plan are acting out of their nature and there is some sort of imbalance that is stopping them from finding their way back to their normal state. When there is a reversed Justice card, it’s time to look at the facts of a situation, especially if there are things that seem a little contradictory, or even just a little out of sorts with the rest of the picture. Whether the scales have been tampered with or the sword has been misused, the information isn’t leading to the correct conclusion and the entire balance of the situation is being thrown out of sorts.

Another possibility is that something that is seen as a convention is being challenged. The issue here is not that conventional wisdom is being questioned. The issue is that the piece of, for want of a better word, normalcy that is being questioned is there for a reason and the issue being taken is one of convenience, rather than that of justice. A person’s sense of entitlement may be getting the better of them and it may be necessary to help them reign it in before it gets them, or someone else hurt.

There is also the possibility that the natural order of something has been tampered with and processes that once ran almost on autopilot are now imbalanced in ways that are less than constructive. The metaphorical wrench in the works that causes havoc is what is being talked about here, from deliberate sabotage of a project to a simple miscommunication that creates a butterfly effect.

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