What is the meaning of symbols in The Justice Tarot Card?
The crowned woman is depicting Astrea, the goddess of justice in Greek mythology. She sits between two columns that symbolize positive and negative forces. She is the embodiment of one of the main virtues. In her left hand she holds the balanced scales of Justice, implying impartiality and honesty. In her right hand, she grips a double-edged sword, which gives her the ability to distinguish between truth and lie, and indicating that sometimes acting in both ways successfully resolves a difficult situation. Her face is determined and adamant in following her principles. Under her red cloak, which is fastened with a clasp, she reveals the tip of a white shoe. It is a spiritual reminder that she is expressing the results of her actions. Justice has the ability to rule impartially, upholding moral principles in the interests of the people concerned. She depicts the ideal of moral strength and purity. Although she does not have a blindfold on her eyes, Justice remains honest and impartial. She doesn’t let temptation or jealousy fool her.
The image of Ryder Waite on the Justice Tarot card shows a majestic woman sitting between two pillars. This image is very close to another card, namely the High Priestess. The figure on the Justice Tarot card contains two objects: in one hand a symbol of balance to demonstrate the maintenance of this balance, a sword in the other. There is a curtain behind this figure through which we cannot see. It is the mystical and incomprehensible work of the Universe to ensure that the inevitable result of our actions and choices will always be there.
Symbolism of The Justice
Face of Justice
Determined and adamant in adhering to their principles. She depicts the ideal of moral strength and purity. And although she does not have a blindfold on her eyes, Justice remains honest and impartial.
She doesn’t let temptation or jealousy fool her.
A symbol of impartiality, honesty, balance and a measuring instrument for evaluating a person’s actions. The Libra embody the feminine principle.
It symbolizes the punishment that will inevitably fall on the head of the guilty person. It serves as a symbol of masculine energy. It also endows her with the ability to distinguish between truth and lie, and indicating that sometimes acting in both ways successfully resolves a difficult situation.
Libra and Sword
They symbolize the dual nature of Justice: precision and severity.
Speaks about her active position. She will not wait and hesitate. If the guilt is established, the punishment will follow immediately.
The Gray Color of the Throne of Justice
Reflects the objectivity and realism inherent in the goddess of Justice.
They symbolize neutrality. These are the Column of Mercy and the Column of Severe Retribution.
It hints at the connection of this Arcana with the higher spheres. Behind it is the golden sky.
The color of the divine presence. This is the limitation of earthly justice. Divine justice.
Right part of Throne and the right leg reaching forward
The predominance of the rational side.
Symbol of consciousness.
11 – the number of balance, harmony
It was considered a sacred number, symbolizing “duality in the use of force” (Moebius), which led either to cleansing spiritual consequences, or to destruction and chaos. This is due to the ambivalent nature of the number 11, based on the negation of 10.
The Tarot card of Justice is a symbol of truth, justice and law. As she sits in her chair, the scales in her left hand represent how intuition should balance logic. She symbolizes impartiality with a double-edged sword in her right hand. The transparency of thought, which is necessary for the administration of justice, is symbolized by the square form on the center of the crown that she wears.
Discover symbolism of other Major Arcana:
0 The Fool
1 The Magician
2 The High Priestess
3 The Empress
4 The Emperor
5 The Hierophant
6 The Lovers
7 The Chariot
9 The Hermit
10 Wheel of Fortune
12 The Hanged Man
15 The Devil
16 The Tower
17 The Star
18 The Moon
19 The Sun
21 The World
2 thoughts on “Symbolism of Justice in Tarot”
Do you know what the symbol under the right column (in our view) means?
Hi Renzo. This is the signature of the creator of the classic Tarot deck. Her name is Pamela Colman Smith. You can see this signature on her self-portrait. I don’t know of any other interpretations of this symbol.