Justice Tarot Card Meanings Explained

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General Meaning of Justice in a Reading

When lady Justice appears in your tarot reading, there is a decision at hand that will have a great impact on your life moving forward. This is a card of karmic justice as well as that of the everyday world. Justice is ruled by the zodiac sign Libra, which is the sign of balance, harmony and fair play. This card can portend court cases, divorce, the signing of contracts, and any other such consequences that result from the choices we make. If you have been acting righteously and in good faith, then you have nothing to worry about. It may be that Justice is coming to right the wrongs that have been done to you.

However, if you have harmed someone or been acting in a disingenuous way, then lady Justice is telling you that it is time to take responsibility for your actions and face the consequences. The card also represents a level of compassion, so even if you have made mistakes, you will be judged fairly. This is not a card of revenge, but rather simply of karmic realignment.

The Symbolism of Justice

Jean Dodal Justice tarot cardIn the Rider-Waite deck, Lady Justice sits upon a plain, stone seat between two pillars. In her left, intuitive hand, she holds a scale that is evenly balanced. This represents looking at any situation from both sides and weighing one against the other to find the balance. Some interpretations suggest that the scales represent your past and your future. Are they balanced? Are you ready to move forward and make meaningful change?

In her right hand, Justice holds a sword that is pointing to the sky. This sword represents the logic, facts, and reasoning that are required to cut away fact from fiction. This decision will be final and binding. The double edges of the sword tell us that our actions have consequences and that we must accept responsibility for our choices. They also indicate the precision that is needed in making important decisions. We must cut away fact from fiction. We must weigh the situation with fairness, impartiality, and empathy. Lady Justice is dressed in long red robes and one white shoe is revealed beneath them, symbolizing her connection to the earthly.

Justice in the Past

In tarot card spreads we always look at the influences of the past, present, and future on your current situation. When the Justice card appears in the past position, it signifies that your current situation is a result of an important decision that you made. Whether you got married, divorced or moved to a new city, the Justice card is recognizing that this was a significant break from your previous life. There is no judgment here. The Justice card is not suggesting this decision was good or bad but is simply pointing out the significance that this choice has on your current situation. When you receive this card in the past position, think back to see if there were major decisions and changes that led you to where you are today. Understanding this context will help you to understand the rest of your reading more deeply.

Justice in the Present

Lady Justice in the present position is telling you that there is a major decision to be made right now. If you are in conflict with someone and are looking for resolution, then this card is telling you that a decision is imminent. Justice will be served. Whether the decision is about your love life, school, a job or any other matter, your choice will have a lasting impact on your life moving forward. Make this decision with clear thought and an eye toward the future. You will be creating a foundation for yourself for the years to come.

Justice in the Future

Get ready for a big change! This card in the future position tells you that everything that you are working toward at this time, no matter how trivial it may seem, is moving you toward a big decision that will change your life forever. It assures you that karma is about to be set into action and if you have had difficulties reconciling a situation, Lady Justice is about to come to your aid. This card encourages you to listen when conflict arrives. Make a concerted effort to understand the other side of the story. Observe, do not speak. This way, you will discover details of events that paint a full picture for you and will allow you to make an informed and balanced decision.

Justice Reversed

Justice visconti sforza tarotJustice reversed indicates that you or whoever the card is representing is having difficulty accepting responsibility for mistakes that have been made. The card in the advice position suggests that the traits of fairness, accountability, and truth are blocked. It is a message to reflect inwardly and look at the situation honestly. Have you been holding onto an unfair or biased view of a situation? Or perhaps it is time for you to apologize to someone and take responsibility?

This can also apply to ourselves. Have you been an overly harsh self-critic? Perhaps it is time to forgive yourself. The laws of compassion, fairness, and honesty also apply to ourselves. Learn your lessons, acknowledge your mistakes and accept responsibility. Then forgive yourself and move forward. The scales of Justice have been balanced and you are now free.

Justice Tarot One Card Meaning

In a One Card Tarot spread the answers are very concise. Practice impartiality and fairness in any situations that are challenging you. Listen without judgment and pay attention to facts, rather than running with emotion. A major decision is at hand, and if you have been acting in good faith, karma is about to work in your favor. If you have made mistakes, it is time to take action toward reconciliation. Otherwise, Justice will do it for you. If the card appears in the reverse emphasizes the need for you to be on the lookout for dishonesty, unfairness, and a lack of accountability.

Justice Yes/No Meaning

Justice appearing in the upright position in a Yes/No reading is a “yes!” Karma is about to kick in and the conflict you are facing is about to be resolved in your favor. In the reversed position, the answer is “No.” You or the person the card represents is not being honest and needs to take responsibility for their actions.


Justice is a karmic card that tells you that a major decision or challenge you have been facing is about to be resolved. The scales will be balanced, and depending on whether you have been naughty or nice, the card may or may not indicate resolution in your favor. If you have wronged others it is time to make amends. If you have been wronged, karma is about to right those wrongs.

Affirmations for Justice

“As I act in good faith, life will be fair to me.”

“I treat others as I want to be treated.”

“I take responsibility for my missteps and forgive myself my mistakes.”

More about Justice

If you want to learn more about the card and how it affects your life personally, get yourself a full tarot reading with one of our recommended professional psychic advisors. As with all of the Major Arcana cards, Justice is sending you a powerful message.  Get your clarifying cards to give you the whole picture.

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Article Info

Date: Mar 18, 2019
Amelie Rose Estrela is an experienced psychic and recently published, esteemed lead author for the Psychic Guild since 2003. She has written hundreds of articles for the website on a range of topics covered within the psychic niche, including Psychics & Mediums, Tarot & Angel Cards, Astrology & Horoscopes (the topic of her newly-released e-book), Love & Relationships, and Spells & Magic. You can find out more about Amelie on https://www.psychicguild.com/about-us/.
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