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Term: justice


Justice: One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered VIII or XI. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Cheth. In the system of the Golden Dawn, Justice corresponds to the Hebrew letter Lamed and the astrological sign of Libra.


This is the 8th Major Arcanum of the Tarot.

Image: a woman with a sword in one hand and the scales of justice in the other

Hebrew letter: Lamed

Divinatory meaning: legal matters, balance

Path on the Tree of Life: the 22nd path connecting Tiphareth to Geburah.

Qabalistic Description.  The 8th Key, the 19th Path. Daughter of the Flaming Sword, Leader of the Lion. This Path connects Geburah to Chesed, Mercy tempering Severity. Just below the Abyss, it is a major path connecting the two great opposing forces of the Higher Self. Teth means a snake, or the serpent power guided by Will, that activates the body’s energy centers.

Card Description. This card represents the mastery of the lower by the higher. It is the soul that holds in check the passions, although her feet are still planted on earth, and the dark veil still floats about her head and clings around her. The colors, pale greenish yellow, black, yellowish grey and reddish amber, suggest the steadfast endurance and fortitude required, but the deep red rose that is the flashing color to the greenish yellow, gives the motive power. 

Interpretation. Eternal justice and balance; strength and force, but arrested as in the act of Judgment. Compare with 11—Fortitude. Also, in combination with other cards, legal proceedings, a court of law, a trial at law, etc.

Psychological Value. This Arcanum may be used to eliminate psychic blockages that you hold onto from your past experiences, and allow you to get rid of outmoded personality patterns. It can also be used to help you complete old projects that have failed to produce fruit.  It can help increase your will power and  fighting spirit, and strengthen your capacity to work hard for long periods. (According to the Divine Arcana of the Aurum Solis—Divinity: Aries (2nd Aspect);  Greek Letter: Sigma.)

source: Llewellyn's Complete Book of Psychic Empowerment, by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke & Joe H. Slate (Llewellyn Publications) - Carl Llewellyn Weschcke


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