As much as I love Pamela Coleman Smith, I think the Justice card in the Major Arcana got a bit of a raw deal. Maybe I take it personally as a Libra sun, but the imagery in the Justice card is downright boring! Why is a card that represents Libra, a sign obsessed with beauty, so lacking in wow factor?

The Justice Card in the Major Arcana

The Rider Waite Smith Justice Card.

I know, I know. It’s about Justice, and the face of Justice is cold and impartial. But I happen to agree with Elle Woods on this one:

I have come to find that passion is a key ingredient to the study and practice of law and of life. It is with passion, courage of conviction, and strong sense of self, that we take our next steps into the world…

Justice is, in an ideal world, based on fairness and nothing more. But that doesn’t mean it can’t have a little pizazz and a pink highlighter.

The Justice Card in the Major Arcana

A preview of a deck from Catrin Welz-Stein, so excited to order this one!

So, What Does it Mean When Justice Comes Up in a Reading?

I see it as a predictable relationship between input and output. Studying hard = acing the test. Charming the receptionist = free upgrade. Putting on a white t-shirt = spilling anything and everything you pick up that day. It’s a universal set of laws. It isn’t about you. It’s just how things go.

Of course, we all know that things do not always go as planned, no matter how hard we try to push them in that direction. But when The Justice card comes up, it’s often saying you can count on things going as they should. Just remember, that doesn’t mean things will go as they should according to you. If you did the bad thing, expect to get a taste of your own medicine!

How many times have you gone “I’m sure it’ll be fine” only to later say “I knew that was going to happen!”

The Justice Card in the Major Arcana

My construction paper Justice card.

This is about Trusting in Predictable Outcomes.

Think of this as the “don’t box-dye your dark brown hair platinum blonde” card. You tried it in high school and got a blotchy orange mess. Now you’re thinking you can do the exact same thing and look like Christina Aguilera. How, why? In what world? Trust me- you’ll save yourself (and your scalp) a lot of pain with professional products and a steady hand.

So this is the opposite of the Wheel of Fortune card, where anything could happen. With Justice, everything will go according to plan.

Wondering if the Justice card in the Major Arcana will come up for you? Book a reading to see who comes up.