Justice. Rider Waite Tarot Deck

Justice Tarot Card Meaning – 11th Arcana

What does Justice mean in Tarot Сards?

Arcana Justice of the Tarot is a very good card that can be found in the spread if you acted with kindness and truth in relation to others. And even more so if you are a victim of a situation.
11 Arcana works well as a focus for meditation, when you need to focus on yourself, or solve some kind of internal conflict in the mind when a person does not know what is the right step. It is necessary to focus all your attention on the Tarot card of Justice and think about thу problem. It should soon come to the realization that one way is obviously better than the other. When you remove external elements and distractions, Justice of the Tarot clarifies everything and shows what is right beyond a shadow of a doubt.
A card of impartial honesty and correctness.
The Eleventh Arcana “Justice” of the Tarot (XI) is a difficult card to interpret, as its meaning often depends on your past behavior.

Names in Other Languages: La Giustizia, La Justice, Die Gerechtigkeit.

The occult meaning of the arcana: cornfield.

The physical meaning of the arcana: jurisprudence.

The Kabbalistic meaning of the Arcana: justice.

Spirit Orb: consciousness of responsibility for one’s actions and deeds.

Goal: objective knowledge, balanced judgment.

Element: Air.

Planet: Venus.

Astrological sign: Libra.

Places: tribunal; court; Notarial office; tax office, as well as institutions related to legal regulations.

The Justice Tarot Card Meaning – 11th Arcana


The woman sits on a throne in a red robe. Her head is crowned with a crown. She has a sword in her right hand and a balance in her left.
Unlike the Goddess of Justice Themis, the woman’s eyes are wide open and look directly at us, she sees everything. Supreme Justice is incorruptible, impartial and opposed to human Justice, which is subject to outside influence. The Justice card symbolizes the dual nature of Justice: accuracy (scales) and severity (sword).
(For a detailed depiction, analysis of the Symbols and all Elements of the The Justice Tarot Card, click here)

Meaning of the Card

Be honest with yourself. You already know that you will have to answer for everything. You yourself sought to find out the truth. What to do if the discovered truth deprived you of your last illusions? It hurts, of course, but don’t despair. Better to pull yourself together and accept the world as it is. But it is worth thinking about yourself more deeply. Should you continue the life that you have led until now? You’ll also have to pay off your old debts first.
Ideally, Justice is the following of the law in spite of opposition, personal inclinations or the whims of human law. If this card describes the situation, you will get what you deserve. The outcome will be absolutely fair and strictly legal. Remember, you are able to make the right decision and should not allow anyone to convince you otherwise.
This is divine Justice. As opposed to human judgment, it is absolutely incorruptible and completely impartial. It opposes human Justice, which is imperfect and can be influenced. True, divine Justice cannot be influenced, by personal preference, or simply by a person’s limited ability to distinguish truth from falsehood. This is how it should be, this is how it will be, and no one can change it.
The scales of Justice are balanced and Justice clearly sees what needs to be done. The sword in one hand and the balance in the other symbolize the dual nature of Justice: precision and severity.
At this stage of your spiritual development, it is this type of vision that is required in order to learn as an initiate. To pass through this portal, you must learn to look into the world and into yourself with an open mind, to see what is, and not what you wanted or hoped to see, and judge only for what is really done.

Positive Aspects of the Card
Harmony, integrity and balance, honesty, fairness and impartiality, responsibility and prudence, balance, rejection of old habits, sincerity. This is a happy and fair outcome of the case (legal).
Negative Aspects of the Card
Ambiguity of the situation, lawlessness, unfair court verdict or false accusations. Bias, self-misery, dishonesty.

The Main Meanings of the Card In an Upright Position

Key Words and Phrases

Legal issues. Equilibrium. Harmony. Restoring balance. Honesty. Arbitration. Neutrality. Impartiality. Achieving the right balance. Restored order. Prudent management of money. Strategy. A responsibility. Integrity. Conscience check. Carefully considered decisions. Clear vision. A sense of proportion. The power of reason. Rationality. Fair result. Clear perspectives. Intervention of the law. The solutions needed to achieve fairness, law and order. Trial. Proceedings in court. Turning to the law. Litigation. Contracts. Conclusion of contracts. Settlement of the issue. Apologies. Marriage contract. Divorce certificate. Forces that allow Justice to prevail. Virginity. Justice will prevail.

The main meanings of the card in an upright position

The path of karma;
The nature of the true, inner self;
New cycle of balance and harmony;
Taking responsibility for your thoughts and actions;
The need to comply with the rules of the game;
Payment for old deeds;
Logically thinking reason;
“As it goes around, so it comes around”;
Correcting Injustice;
Family harmony;
Wise advice;
Human responsibility for his actions.

Situation and Advice

Usually, the Justice card appears in a spread when you have to weigh many factors in order to make an intelligent and deliberate decision. The card advises you to think carefully and wisely before making a final decision. This is a card of tranquility and balance. It will be good if you make sure your conscience is clear and try to take the other person’s point of view into account before making a moral choice. The outcome of your case will be fair. The Justice card may also indicate your involvement in legal proceedings in the near future. Lawsuits will be dealt fairly and impartially. In the end, Justice will prevail, especially if there is a trump Judgement in the right position. An uninterested third party can help make a fair decision. If someone was wrong about you, they will soon apologize to you. If you acted unfairly, then soon you will have to answer for your actions.

Persons designated by Upright The Justice Tarot Сard

Arbitrators. Lawyers. Judges. Witnesses. Officials. Those who have to make a decision. Jury trial. Those who need to apologize.

The Main Meanings of the Card In a Reversed Position

Key Words and Phrases

Unfair treatment. Failed Justice. Ambiguity. Lack of devotion. Not getting what you deserve. Imbalance. Extremes. Losses. False accusations. Refusing to apologize. Wrong decision. Dishonesty. Unfair outcome. Fanaticism. Prejudice. Prejudice. Abuse. Conflicts. Taking sides or using someone else’s merits. Reluctance to weigh the pros and cons. Lack of balance. Expectation. Partiality. Unfair accusations. Vindictiveness. Problems with the law. Prosecution by the law. Illegal actions. Bureaucracy. Unfair court decision. Failed tests. Nepotism. Separatism. Delayed trial. Laziness. Manipulation. Peace at any cost. The desire to fight. Roughness in relationships. Cruel and unusual punishment. Desire to take the law into your own hands. Abuse of Legislative Power. Iniquity. Excessive self-confidence. Rude police actions. Concealment of the murder. I will never admit that I was wrong.

The main meanings of the card in a reversed position

Loss of something;
Legal difficulties;
Betrayal due to prejudice;
Injustice, false accusation;
Incorrect judgment;
Educational difficulties;
You have been betrayed because of prejudice;
Unreasonable suspicion.

Situation and Advice

Perhaps you will get what you deserve a little later. You may now feel that you are being treated unfairly or with prejudice. Perhaps you are the victim of false accusations, or you yourself have wrongly accused someone. The decision maker in your case may be prejudiced against you. Your overconfidence or lack of interest can work against you. Perhaps you have had enough of waiting and should decide what steps to take to achieve the desired goal.

The Justice. Witchcraft Tarot by Ellen Dugan
Witchcraft Tarot by Ellen Dugan

A person endowed with power can abuse it. You may be waiting for an apology, but most likely it will not follow. Don’t take the law into your own hands, it can lead to more injustice. You shouldn’t take a wait-and-see attitude because you are afraid of upsetting others. If you are involved in litigation or arbitration, the results may be unfavorable for you (especially if there are six of Wands in the scenario). If you are taking exams or being interviewed, then your knowledge will not be appreciated, perhaps because the situation is not in your favor now, or maybe your preparation is not yet good enough.

Persons designated by the Reversed The Justice Tarot Сard

Those who make unfair accusations. Those who discriminate against others or act unfairly towards them. Those who do not consider it necessary to apologize for being wrong. Manipulators. People prone to lynching. Those who take a wait and see attitude. People with prejudices. Fanatics. Corrupt judges. Bad cops. Robbers. Avengers.

In the Spreads

Unlike the classical Themis, Justice of the Tarot does not judge blindly, but sees everything through, and therefore the meaning of this card is ambiguous. It can promise you both a pleasant outcome of events, and not so much. It all depends solely on the sincerity of your intentions, including your ulterior motives.
Very often, in search of Justice, we subconsciously feel how right or guilty we are in an act or action. You can deceive anyone and even yourself, but fate cannot be deceived.
Trying to escape from the problem, you will return to the starting point and so on an infinite number of times until Justice prevails. And when unnecessary emotions get in the way, Justice will help put everything on the shelves and delete everything that is unnecessary. There are specifics and a sober approach here. Ask your question, discard all emotions and listen to the voice of the universe. Your intuition and the Tarot Justice will accompany you in making a decision, choosing the right path.
The meaning of the Justice of the Tarot card can be applied in any area of ​​life, from real litigation to household showdown. Drafting contracts, labor agreements, marriage contracts. The card concerns all controversial issues: inheritance, copyright for creativity or invention. And here the Tarot card Justice promises a favorable outcome. Valuable advice or timely consultation on an issue of interest will come.
The Tarot Justice Arcana will separate the wheat from the chaff and leave the most important thing – the core of naked truth without a mask and falsehood. It also indicates that right now your decision will be intuitively fair if you trust the right side. Otherwise, retribution is inevitable. Justice will take its toll.
If you find yourself in a difficult situation, but walked towards it with the confidence that you acted according to your conscience, the scales of Justice will weigh in your direction. If you know that you are in this situation, following selfish thoughts, but sincerely repent and realize this, then the situation will still be resolved quickly, with minimal losses. It is important to understand that the Tarot card of Justice makes everything extremely transparent.
The most valuable gift of Justice is the acquisition of balance in different spheres of life. This is harmony, consonance with the World. It is imperative to take into account the nearby cards, which are located on both sides of the Arcana. They may just indicate those aspects of your life that you need to pay attention to, perhaps they are out of balance and need to be balanced in order to obtain a positive result.
If there is a question, then with this card, be sure that the solution will be direct, clear, specific, reasonable. You will be able to drop illusions and delusions. You will not be drawn by temptations and weaknesses.
At such moments, the course of fate can turn the old course of life into a new direction. The Universe is always on the side of self-development and righteous outcome. But our concepts do not always coincide with the concepts of equilibrium in the Universe. There is only balance and impartiality.

In an Upright Position

11 Arcana Justice means that some things sometimes seem distorted, the Universe is fair. In its purest form, the forces embodied in Justice give you the ability to see without bias, the courage to be responsible for your actions. This is a time to reflect on decisions and actions, and to understand their consequences. More importantly, you cannot be honest with others until you are honest with yourself.
This card represents balance, honesty and impartial justice. Pulling out this card means that justice will prevail in your family or business life. This may well herald the onset of a new cycle of balance and harmony in your family or in your work. You will get what you rightfully deserve. In terms of personal relationships, you may need to evaluate your honesty with your partner emotionally and sexually, as you will definitely expect similar honesty in return.
The Justice card denotes both clarity, objectivity of knowledge, and a conscious, well-defined judgment, and incorruptibility, balance. The card claims that justice will definitely be restored. On an ordinary level, this means that everything we do echoes in the world around us, which responds with good for good, evil for evil. If we act honestly and decently, then we are rewarded, but if we use dubious means, then sooner or later we get what we deserve. Thus, this card assumes a high degree of human responsibility for our actions. It clearly shows that nothing is given for free, but nothing will be hindered if we are ready to be responsible for everything we receive.

In a Reversed Position:

If the Justice of the Tarot is reversed, it will never be a good sign. However, it should be remembered that all difficulties are temporary and that the situation will improve. Even if a doubting person may feel injustice, he should refrain from blaming others, and be responsible for the situation.
You are suffering from injustice or loss of something, moreover, you are entangled in legal complexities. You were betrayed because of prejudice. Someone you know feels uncomfortable but cannot change the current course of events.
In an inverted position, the Justice Arcana of the Tarot is a break, but not legalized, as well as court cases that have been insoluble for a long time. You will be taught a rather tough lesson that will not give you pleasure, although it may be beneficial.

In a Personal Spread

A sign that the idea of ​​justice is in your character. You are able to assess any ambiguous situation. Arcana indicates poise and the ability to find reasonable compromises in controversial issues. With unfavorable Minor Arcana, or an inverted card indicates your inherent timidity, indecision. Even with minor difficulties, you tend to immediately seek support and approval from friends and acquaintances.
Composure for impeccable decisions accompanied by honor and conscience. Bright intentions and honest deeds. The emotional ego doesn’t get the best of you. Firmness in intentions to act justly, in spite of one’s own weaknesses and desires. This card also characterizes the necessary balance between recklessness and prudence.

In the Spreads for Different situation

In an Upright Position:
Fate now favors the one who is right. If you do not expect to outsmart her, you can rest assured that everything will turn out in the best possible way.
The 11th Arcana is a fair decision based on the results of your actions. If you have followed the rules (the rules can of course depend on the situation), then you will see a satisfactory solution. Since the Justice Tarot card is ruled by the logical, sometimes cold, element of Air, it does not always take into account feelings. Conflicts can get messy. We can say or do something out of our emotions, which is unfair. Get ready to get what you deserve, no more, no less. If you play by the rules, then there is nothing to worry about.

In a Reversed Position:
The situation is very difficult. There are many obstacles, clashes with representatives of the legal authorities, injustice and litigation.
You are unfair in your decision. You are not acting in accordance with your honesty and truth. This may indicate that you are sinking into questionable behavior in order to tip the scales in your or your allied favor. Don’t be tempted.

In the Spreads for Relationship

In an Upright Position:
Harmony, fairness and mutual respect reign in relationships. This card in divination for a loved one speaks of balance: “as you are to me, so I am to you.”
The meaning of the arcana The Justice of the Tarot in reading love and relationships depends on how you felt about people in the past. If kindness and respect reigned, the universe will send you kindness and respect in return. Conversely, you will feel the anger of justice if there was coldness or contempt. You can even expect retribution if you are guilty of lying or cheating on your partner in the past.
A Justice card can be a sign of restoring balance to your love life. If you are lonely but yearn for someone, you will soon meet your soul mate.
Justice of the Tarot, meaning in a relationship speaks of openness and straightforwardness. Calmness in emotions, less passions, less pretense, and above all mutual respect. There are prenuptial agreements, pre-established rules for the two parties. Legalized relationship. Selfishness quickly betrays itself. There is only sincerity and decency with each other.

The Justice Tarot. Mirage Valley Tarot by Barbara Moore
Mirage Valley Tarot by Barbara Moore

The Man of Justice has a sober, cool head. He may deliberately not delve into the shortcomings of a worthy partner. He will do everything possible for him, but always while maintaining the clarity of the whole picture of the relationship. From this, such a relationship can sometimes seem absurd. But he will answer the hysterics with cold silence or leave the “meeting” for the time being.

In a Reversed Position:
In a relationship, Inverted Justice means that you are being dishonest with your partner in your true feelings. If you have a secret desire, or you no longer feel as intensely attached to it as you did before, be sure to communicate it now. This card can also be a sign of infidelity or unresolved trauma from the past.
We can talk about separation, breakup, loss of relationships, discord and quarrels. Lack of understanding. Nervous breakdowns, depression, negativity, resentment, anger, imbalance of the internal state. Consider the nearby cards on either side of the reversed Justice. A more specific interpretation of the situation is possible.
In fortune-telling about relationships, justice broadcasts about disharmony, misunderstanding of each other and attempts to “pull the blanket over to your side”. For Families – Justice combined with some cards can mean divorce.

In the Spreads for Dates

In an Upright Position
If you could sell personal charm in portions, you would be rich in wealth. You attract attention like a magnet.
In a Reversed Position:
The person close to you will enjoy a series of successes in their life. Do not look for danger to yourself in this. Drive away envy and jealousy, find your success.

In the Spreads for Family

In an Upright Position:
Someone in your family may be involved in a lawsuit or other legal matter. The outcome will be favorable.
In a Reversed Position:
There may be legal or financial troubles.

In the Spreads for Friendship

In an Upright Position:
You are the kind of person that always cheers a weak team and protect those who lose the fight. While your friends may tease you about it, they secretly admire you and respect your fairness.
In a Reversed Position:
All the gossip and fiction begins to ricochet back. People don’t believe you anymore, and you’ll have to work very hard to earn trust again.

In the Spreads for Money

In an Upright Position:
The job or profession you are thinking of will bring timely financial returns.
If you are owed money, the meaning of the 11th arcana of the Tarot is a good sign that you will soon be rewarded. This is also a good time to take care of legal matters such as writing a will, filing child support, or going to small claims court.
In a Reversed Position:
You are in debt or will soon go into debt if you don’t start thinking before spending.
You act chaotically with your money. This dishonest behavior is eating you up inside and causing fractures in your life. Speak the truth, face the consequences of your actions. Failure to do this now will make your situation even worse.

In the Spreads for Education

In an Upright Position:
Academic success is like building a house: the result is built up brick by brick. You have laid a solid foundation and are now reaping the benefits.
In a Reversed Position:
If you don’t make an effort, don’t be surprised at the bad result. It is not the teachers who are to blame, but you.

In the Spreads for Career

In an Upright Position:
Find the best work-life balance – you spend too much time in business, focusing on your career, and not spending enough time on your loved ones. 11 Arcana is a reminder that work is not the most important thing in life.
You will have to do what is intended, your choice is now not taken into account. You may be dealing with government agencies. There is a chance to conclude a profitable contract.
In a Reversed Position:
You are being treated unfairly at work. It is possible that your boss or colleagues are taking responsibility for your accomplishments, or that you are overworked and underpaid. If you feel like you are being sabotaged or used to other’s advantage, Tarot Justice is a reminder to approach the situation calmly and logically. Make an appointment with your supervisor and ask for fairer treatment. If that’s not an option, ask for a transfer or start looking for another job.
The implementation will take a long time, or even lead to a dead end. Be careful not to break the letter of the law. The reckoning will not be sweet. Crisis and lack of inspiration.

In the Spreads for Health

In an Upright Position:
The Justice card is all about balance and karma. If you eat and work properly, you will still see the results of your hard work. If you are relaxed, you should rethink your lifestyle and make health a priority, as your relationship and overall quality of life will greatly benefit from this.
In a Reversed Position:
Health is undermined and deteriorating, immunity is clearly weakened.
You have overused sedatives, possibly drugs or alcohol, or other medications. Reduce until you can handle the situation better, or you are about to face serious health problems.
Pay special attention to the kidneys and gallbladder. Now is not the best time for convalescents.

In the Perspectives

The Justice. Tarot by Alphonse Mucha
Tarot by Alphonse Mucha

You will make a wise decision and get a fair result. You will reap what you have sown.

Answer to Yes / No Tarot Spreads

In an Upright Position:
Rather no than yes. Clarify with the help of tips from neighboring or Minor Arcana.
In a Reversed Position:

Combinations with other cards

The Emperor: Justice, Settlement, Commitment to the Letter of the Law
Judgement: determination, recognition of their unrighteous deeds and mistakes of the past
Three of Wands: unpredictability of actions
Two of Swords: avoiding the truth, denying your involvement in anything
Five of Swords: dishonesty, unrighteous deeds
Seven of Swords: evading responsibility

Arcana’s warning

Rest assured, don’t act unfairly and don’t expect payback.

The Justice. Romantic Tarot
Romantic Tarot

Self-Development Lesson

In response to the universal law of cause and effect, we all need to take full responsibility for our thoughts and actions. Sooner or later, you will feel the full force of their consequences – for good or for evil.

Key Ideas

Don’t mistake appearances for truth. Look for the truth in the depths of yourself. Be decisive and stand up for your beliefs.

Psychological (Personality) Meaning of the Arcana

Type of person in an upright position:
A person with a great sense of justice; lawyer; member of the Constitutional Court; a person who relies only on facts.
The card shows a sane person, internally honest, consistent in judgments. Smart, shrewd, responsible. He is often asked to assess a particular situation or phenomenon, knowing that his word or decision will be impartial. Among the shortcomings – he lacks flexibility. For him there is only black and white, and he does not distinguish between colors nuances.

Type of person in an reversed position:
A person who manipulates Justice for selfish interests; corrupt official; biased judge.
Means a person who is trying to squeeze the world into invented frames. Judges everything biasedly, proceeding only from his own, often very dubious experience. Does not distinguish colors and nuances at all. The whole world for him is a potentially enemy territory, and against this black background there is only one white spot – he himself, the only sinless one.

Psychological significance of the Arcana:

Every creature has the right to self-expression and development, to seek freedom and independence, and you are no exception. You just need to be honest with yourself, because you know that you are fully responsible for everything that happens in your life. You yourself strove to know the truth. Do not blame yourself if the truth deprived you of your last illusions. It is very painful, but don’t be discouraged. Pull yourself together and accept the world as it is. And in addition, think carefully: did you live right before? Maybe something needs to be changed? To make life more harmonious? But before embarking on a new path, pay back all your old debts so that these don’t slow you down.

Final Advice of Arcana

11 Arcana Tarot advises to listen carefully and observe. Your role is to remain witty as you shape the decision.

In an Upright Position:
Forget condescension, now is not the time to be generous. Severity, coupled with an objective assessment of the situation, will help not only to solve the problem with dignity, but also to earn the respect of others.
In a Reversed Position:
To finally see life as it is. See before it’s too late!


The Card of Justice includes several plots. This is: clarity; objectivity of knowledge; a conscious, well-defined judgment; incorruptibility; balance and honesty. The card claims that justice will definitely be restored. On an ordinary level, this means that everything we do echoes in the world around us, which responds with good for good, evil for evil. If we act honestly and decently, then we are rewarded, but if we use dubious means, then sooner or later we get what we deserve. Thus, this card assumes a high degree of human responsibility for our actions. It clearly shows that nothing is given for free, but nothing will be hindered if we are ready to be responsible for everything we receive.


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  1. You area good author, you inspires readers to explore the Tarot cards more deeply and to uncover the wisdom they hold for personal transformation.

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