The Justice card was, and sometimes still is, numbered as 8. Here, it is number 11. I prefer 11, probably because it is the way I originally learned it and because years ago I read 78 Degrees of Wisdom by Rachel Pollack. She made an argument for Justice being 11, for it being the dead center of the Major Arcana journey. That theory shapes my idea of the card,a s you will see.
Some people read this card as worldly or earthly justiceâ€”that is, justice based on your cultureâ€™s or nationâ€™s legal system. Others take a broader, more spiritual approach. Or both, depending on the question and what other cards are in the reading.
I mostly see it as a card of karma, playing off the idea of spiritual justice. It is a reminder that whatever we are experiencing, we created. This is useful when a client is wondering â€śwhy me?â€ť It is also a good reminder, for when someone is in a difficult situation, to choose their actions very carefully, because whatever you do will affect and shape their reality in the future. This is why I like it as 11. It is the middle. It is always the middle. Because every moment is always the culmination of past actions and is simultaneously planting the seeds for the future. Every moment is, in a way, a moment of perfect balance, or maybe more specifically of balance being restored or created.
image from Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti