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Justice: Your Tea and Tarot Blog for Today

--By Hyperion Night of Beanblossom's Tea and Tarot

The justice Tarot card from the Rider Waite Smith deck. Justice seated between two pillars, holding an upraised, double-edged sword.


Justice. Cause and effect. Balance. Taking responsibility.

The ancient Greeks had two goddesses of justice, Themis and her daughter Dike. Themis, the goddess of divine justice, was one of the Titans, a nature deity born of the union of the sky god Uranus and his mother/wife, the earth goddess Ge. Themis became an advisor to Zeus. Classical images portray Themis holding the scales of justice in one hand and a sword in the other, and with her eyes covered. Sound familiar?

Themis and Zeus had a daughter, Dike, who became the goddess of justice for the political and social affairs of the human world. Her scales don't represent divine justice—they're personal, human, and of this world. Implicit in the concept of justice is cause and effect. We're judged on and receive justice based on our actions. So it's really no surprise this Tarot card follows the Wheel of Fortune, which has a similar theme: that actions have consequences. It is as if we've spun the Wheel, made our choice, and now we'll be judged upon it.

Ancient Greek myth was brutal, no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners. And sometimes that's life. Justice can be freaking painful. Like walking away from that person you know you don't belong with, that you know staying with will only hurt you and them in the long run, but it hurts like hell to break up anyway.

Not that I'm speaking from personal experience or anything.

How is the concept of justice playing out in your life right now? Are you taking responsibility for your actions? Are you in balance? Are you owning up to the truth?

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