Justice Emerald Tolemac from the Emerald Tolemac Tarot deck. The images from our deck are all copyright, created by Madeline Rose and the artists that work for her.
Justice Emerald Tolemac
The Justice card brings awareness to the importance of balance by demonstrating that true understanding, and hence justice, is only achieved when the emotions (symbolised by water and the moon), and intellect (symbolised by the sword), are balanced.
The Lady of the Lake rules the Justice card and safeguards the ideals of truth while seeking balance between divine and human justice. She looks to Heaven for guidance and transfers the supernal power she receives to the sword, which represents the intellect. She plants the sword into the river and then gathers equal amounts of water in each basin of the scale in a very literal balancing act. Her stance at the edge of the river becomes, of itself, the very image of the scales of Justice.
When the Lady plants the sword of intellect into the river, which represents both emotion and the flow of life, a startled fish leaps up in response to the energy of the sword (a demonstration of the Law of Cause and Effect). Now we can see what was previously hidden; the shadow side, or maybe even a skeleton in the closet. By seeing both the light and the dark sides we know the truth, and then Justice is assured.
When considering how justice should be served, it is wise to apply the Chinese philosophy of yin/yang. This philosophy suggests that throughout existence, there is a cohesive fabric of mind between the cosmos and the human realm, and it is in a constant state of flux. This flux is the process of trying to bring about a dynamic balance, or stasis between all things.
The number three is a unifying force that seeks to bring about the dynamic balance necessary to Justice. This force is portrayed by the sets of ‘three’ in the image:
a) The two basins of water and the sword
b) The three points of the sword’s hilt
c) The woman’s head and her two out-stretched arms
d) The three clumps of grass
e) The six clouds – three on each side of the image
Mountains represent the solid structure or foundation of this life, yet in this image, the moon controls its reflection. This suggests that emotions can drastically change the foundations of your life.
The sword, which stands for intellect, is not only cloaked with supernal light, the base of the hilt holds an image of a lion, speaking to being brave and strong. The double-edge on the sword reminds us of the two sides of life: the seen and the unseen, and that the arm of justice can swing both ways.
This card reminds us to stand in the river of the truth of all things – what is on this earth is a reflection of the eternal truth. In order to expand judgement into justice, we must immerse ourselves in the flow of all things and equally consider what seems to be, with what is unseen.
There are three important messages in this card:
a) Understand that emotions are not the enemy, for they temper severity and open the door to insight, but they, themselves must be tempered to achieve Justice.
b) Understand that to be balanced means finding the space where light and darkness meet. Notice where the mountain ends and shadow begins, for between the two is a lush expanse of grass; the place where life begins and grows.
c) When balance is achieved and Justice is dispensed we are in alignment with our soul, much as the Lady of the Lake is depicted here. She is in alignment between emotion (the moon and water) and the intellect (the sword). Once that alignment is achieved, it is said that an individual’s journey on the astrological wheel is reversed and moves in a counter-clockwise direction. This journey is hinted at by the clumps of grass on the Justice card. The upper left hand clump has two flowers that are reflected in the river. Moving down, the two become four and looking to the right we see the four have become eight. But they are not drawn as two groups of four. Rather, they are drawn as the initial two, PLUS two groups of three….two groups of unifying forces. As above, so below.
Justice is the outpouring of the truth of opposites and is only obtainable when emotions are balanced with intellect and what is hidden, is brought to light. Justice is closely tied to the Law of Cause and Effect.
The Lady of the Lake rules the Justice Card, whose number is XI. Written as a number, eleven is 11, which metaphysically represents two columns, perhaps a doorway or gateway into a realm where intellect and emotion are perfectly balanced.
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