The justice card is typically portrayed with a dispassionate figure wearing a crown of authority. She holds a set of scales in one hand, and a sword perfectly upright in the other. Behind her hangs a curtain strung between two pillars, seemingly to block the view of what is behind her from any onlookers. What exactly is going on in this card?
First of all, there is the dispassionate look on her face. She is dispassionate because she doesn’t care. Whatever the outcome is, it is meaningless to her. All she cares about is what is right and just, based on the rules set forth by the individual society or community that she is considering. She has no personal investment in the outcome whatsoever.
There are certain exact truths decided upon by society. The Lady of Justice is the caretaker of these truths. She will examine the intrinsic nature of these truths, and when there is a dispute, she will render her verdict with cold and calculated sureness. Similar to the high priestess, she is not concerned with the egos of those involved. She is concerned only with getting to the exact center of the heart of the matter. In this way, her decision will be balanced and fair, as indicated by the scales in her hand.
In tarot, the workings of the mind are represented by the suit of swords. Notice how well she holds the sword in this card. It does not sway and it does not falter. She holds it perfectly straight. This indicates a keen mind. She is going to keep her focus on the subject at hand. She is not going to be swayed by emotions or the projections of others. She is keen and she is sharp. She will remain true and undeterred by prejudices.
She is the ultimate authority. What she says goes. Her decisions are not subject to arguments. Notice the crown on her head. This is the crown of authority. What she says is based entirely what has been decided upon by the society over which she governs. Her decisions are not arbitrary or unreasonable. She is simply the steward of society’s decisions and governing system.
What is hidden behind that curtain behind her? This is the truth. This is what has been rendered by society as perfect for that society. She is not keeping it a secret. It is not knowledge only for her to know. You need only ask to be shown it. You must go through her to see it; for through her all ego projections will be dropped. You must leave them with her. Taking the ego to the world of perfect truth will only muddle your perception. You will not get an accurate view of what is right and true. As the gatekeeper of these truths, she will not allow you to approach with any such skewed perceptions.
When the justice card comes up for you in a reading, consider if the situation is fair and balanced. Is there anything you are forgetting? Is your ego and expectations clouding your judgment of what is true? Are there any legal details you need to tend to? Be completely honest with yourself on all these things. Complete honesty is key.