What does the justice tarot card mean?

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The justice is part of the Major Arcana deck of tarot cards.

Card XI

Justice is represented by a figure who sits between two pillars symbolising law and balance. She is logical and fair, as justice should be. In her hand she holds a sword, representing the fact her decision is final. She also holds scales, another symbol of balance.


As the name suggests, drawing Justice in a reading suggests that recent actions are going to be judged and that you or somebody in your life will deal with the consequences. If you know that your recent actions have been pure of heart and morally sound, then you obviously have nothing to worry about. However, if you have recently done something that you know is wrong and have tried to hide it, this is a warning that the truth will soon come out and you will need to face up to your actions. However, Justice is always fair and usually understanding and compassionate. If you are seeking justice for something that has been done against you, this is a good sign that you will soon get it. This is a common card if you are currently involved in legal proceedings.

Reverse Meaning

In reverse, Justice is a sign that you are struggling with an internal conflict; you are aware that recent actions have not been completely honourable and are trying to decide whether to admit your mistakes or keep quiet. If you tell the truth, you will be at the mercy of others and will need to ask for their fair judgement and forgiveness. Though this may seem risky, keeping quiet means that you carry the burden around with you on your conscience. Alternatively, the truth may have already come out and you are refusing to take responsibility. You are lying to yourself as well as others, and this is not bound to end well. Owning up and taking responsibility is your best course of action here.

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