Justice Tarot Card Meaning

Justice Tarot Card Major Arcana 11


Number: 11

Planet: Libra

Hebrew Letter: Khaf

Important Symbols:

  • sword represents decision in authority and truth.
  • scales represent equality and divine justice


About the Justice Archetype

Once everything is said and done, at the end of every story, this card represents that the divine and the powers that be will ensure that it all ends fairly and justly.

Feelings and emotion have no place here. Being impartial, and balanced and focused on what is right is the focus here.

Tarot Card Readings: What does The Justice Tarot Card Mean?

General Upright Interpretation

A decision that requires weighing all of the factors and determining the right action based on conclusions. This may be a decision you need to take, or a decision that will be made for you.  The concluding decision may come for you or against you, accordance with your past actions.  

Understanding the justice is based on ethical principals, on doing what is right, and committing to honesty first.

General Reverse Interpretation

Imbalance, avoiding responsibility, expressing bias or making decisions without fully weighing all the facts.

Journaling Prompts for Justice Tarot Card

  1. How can I better weigh and balance different decisions?
  2. In what areas of my life do I act as mediator?
  3. What needs to be set right?
  4. Describe the concept of karma.

Additional Interpretation Prompts for the Justice Tarot Card

Not Using the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot Deck?

Just because you’re not using the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, doesn’t mean you can’t use the resources on this site to help you.

Take some time to look at the imagery on your card. Here are some things to consider in addition to other materials you have to help you connect with the deck you are using if your deck is different than the one featured at the top of the page.

  1. How is the concept of balance represented in the card?
  2. How is decision making represented?
  3. What tools of Justice are shown, and what do they symbolize?
  4. How many pairs do you see?
  5. How is cause and effect represented?
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