Major Arcana - 8: Justice

11 - Justice

Card Eleven

11 - JusticeThis card shows a female holding the scales in one hand and a sword in the other hand. This card is not as decorated as any of the other major arcana cards, as it has a very simple message to relay about justice and fairness.

The female in this card is judging with honesty and fairness. This card represents the hopes and fears balanced against morals and is the first of the moral lessons cards (the others are the hermit, strength and temperance).

This card has legal implications too.

(1909 Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck images)


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Meaning - upright

What this card means

Upright, this card has the following meanings:

  • hard lessons may need to be learnt in order to grow
  • good advice will be given that we need to weigh up in order to work out the pros and cons
  • we need to take responsibility for our own decisions
  • keep your mind open to all angles and possibilities
  • know that the outcome will be right for you, no matter what it is


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Meaning - reversed

What this card means

Reversed, this card has the following meanings:

  • you are getting unwise/biased advice from other people so don't listen to it
  • legal action taken may be costly and not worth it
  • lack of balance or moderation in a situation
  • there may be a lack of perspective in relation to an issue
  • unpleasant or unfair decisions have been made


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Interesting Bits

What else?

  • Key Meaning - fairness, balance and moderation
  • Astrology - Libra: fairness, attractiveness, equality
  • Numerology - 8, Saturn: unison of spiritual and material worlds, fate, philosophy