Curious about the Justice tarot card

Have you ever wondered about the Justice Tarot Card? They keywords that go with this card are fairness, truth, and the law. We’re going to go a little bit deeper into that what that means for us. We’re going to talk about some of the symbols on the card, what the card means upright and reversed, and how to read the Justice card with some other major Arcana cards as they might come up in a reading.

Justice tarot card

Overview of the Justice Card

The Justice card is the 11th card in the major Arcana. The first part of the major Arcana is all about personal things, like learning to be alone with your thoughts (The Hermit) and making choices within your relationships (The Lovers). Now, we start to look at the rest of the major Arcana cards as an outward look at life. It’s not just inward. The keywords here are fairness, truth, balance, and the law.

If you are looking for an overview of all the Major Arcana cards, I have a blog post that has a little bit about every card.

Keywords and Meanings

The Justice card focuses on a few key ideas: fairness, truth, and balance. Let’s break these down a bit more.


When we think about fairness, we think about equity. Are things equal? We want to make sure we are treating everyone equally, including ourselves. We need to make impartial decisions that consider all the different sides of a situation. Tarot cards can help us see things we might not have considered. Fairness also includes the idea of karma. Sometimes we don’t have control over whether something is fair or just, but in the end, karma will take care of it.


Truth involves being honest with ourselves and others. Transparency and clarity help people trust us and ensure that we are being fair and just. Sometimes, truth is about our subconscious and hidden facts about ourselves that we may not be aware of. We need to bring these into the light.


Balance is about having harmony. We need to balance our home life with our work life. It’s easy for work to take over, especially if you’re working from home. I know that when I’m working on my business all the time, it’s hard to want to do other things, like cleaning my house, which I struggle with. Housework is the first thing that goes when things are out of balance. Balance also means avoiding extremes, like eating donuts all the time. We need to enjoy our sweets but also make sure we eat plenty of vegetables and healthy food.

Symbols of the Justice Card

The Justice card is full of symbols that help us understand its meanings better.

  • The Sword: Represents thoughts and decisiveness. It symbolizes taking charge of your own life.
  • The Scales: A perfect symbol for the Justice card, representing balance and fairness, not just in legal matters but in all aspects of life.
  • The Crown: Signifies authority.
  • One Foot Showing and One Hidden: Represents the conscious and subconscious mind, urging us to consider what we know and what remains hidden.

Interpreting the Justice Card

  • Upright: Emphasizes fairness, equity, and accountability. It encourages us to consider different perspectives and reflect on how our actions align with our decisions.
  • Reversed: Suggests dishonesty, imbalance, and a need to address areas where we might be unfair to ourselves or others. It calls for introspection and corrective action.

Justice Card in Different Contexts

  • Love: For singles, it signifies fairness and equality in future relationships. For those in relationships, it emphasizes honesty and giving as much as we receive.
  • Career: Encourages professionalism, ethics, and making decisions that consider both personal and organizational needs.
  • Health and Well-being: Highlights the importance of a balanced lifestyle, including diet, exercise, and self-care practices.

I remember once pulling a card about Justice and got the Two of Swords. In this deck, there’s a bird sitting on an island surrounded by water, with a quarter moon. The bird is blindfolded, representing emotions and feelings. It made me think about how I allow my feelings to get in the way of justice and how justice is supposed to be blind. I realized I need to separate my feelings from my thoughts to be impartial.

Two of swords tarot card from Three Trees Tarot

Position in Major Arcana

The Justice card is the 11th card in the Major Arcana, marking an important phase in the tarot journey.

Evaluating Situations

This position means it’s a turning point where we look at our actions and their consequences.

Story Idea: “I remember a time when I had to evaluate my actions after a disagreement with a friend. I took a step back and really thought about what I had said and done. It wasn’t easy, but acknowledging my mistakes and taking responsibility helped me grow and repair the friendship. This experience taught me the importance of evaluating situations carefully.”

Personal Accountability

It’s a card that asks us to be responsible for our decisions. If we are trying to loose weight, who are we accountable to? Just ourselves. In the end, we are making the decisions, and we need to be able to live with ourselves.

Karmic Justice

Karma’s a bitch, right? How many times have we heard that in our lives. Not only will we have to deal with the consequences of our actions, but so will everyone else. Just knowing the universe has my back makes me feel so much better.

Upright Meaning

The upright Justice card has a few key themes.

the Justice card three tree tarot

Fairness and Equity

It signifies a situation where fairness is key. It’s about making just decisions that consider all sides.


This includes both personal and external accountability. Are you responsible for your actions? Are you meeting your obligations to others?

In Love Readings

Equality in Relationships

For those in a relationship, the Justice card promotes equality. It suggests that fairness and honesty are vital for a healthy relationship.

Honesty with Partner

It emphasizes being open and fair with your partner, making sure both give as much as they take.

In Career Readings

Professionalism and Ethics

In a career context, the Justice card advises acting with professionalism and ethics. It suggests considering not just your own needs but those of others affected by your actions.

Decisions Based on Needs

It encourages making decisions that balance personal goals with the broader needs of the team or company.

In Health and Well-Being Readings

Balanced Lifestyle

The Justice card in health readings emphasizes the importance of a balanced lifestyle, including diet, exercise, and mental well-being.

Mind, Body, Spirit Balance

Achieving balance across mind, body, and spirit is essential. This means taking care of your physical health, keeping a clear mind, and nurturing your spiritual side.

Reversed Meaning

A reversed Justice card wants us to notice parts of our life that may be out of balance.


It can indicate dishonesty, either with oneself or with others. This might be a time to reflect on where you may not be fully truthful.

Lack of Balance

The reversed card often points to an imbalance in some area of life. It suggests taking steps to restore harmony.

Unfair Expectations

It may also highlight unfair expectations, whether you’re setting them for yourself or others. It’s a call to reassess and adjust these expectations.

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Combinations with Other Cards

The meaning of the Justice card can change when combined with other cards. Here are a few combos as an example.

The justice card paired with the fool, the magician, and the sun

With The Fool

Fresh Starts

Combining the Justice card with The Fool often means new beginnings that are fair and give everyone a good chance.

Letting Go of Guilt

It can also suggest letting go of past guilt and starting fresh. Learn from past mistakes and move forward.

Learning Lessons

The Fool is at the start of the journey, and Justice reminds us to learn lessons along the way, keeping things fair as we go.

With The Sun

When paired with The Sun, the Justice card signals a time of truth, balance, and harmony, leading to happiness and fulfillment.

With The Magician

The combination with The Magician asks us to think about how we use our talents and creativity. Are we using them ethically and for the greater good?

Questions to Ask

When the Justice card appears in a reading, consider these questions to gain deeper insights:

  1. Are you being fair to yourself and others?
  2. What are the consequences of your actions?
  3. How can you achieve balance in various areas of life?
  4. How can you approach disputes with fairness and integrity?
  5. What truths do you need to acknowledge and confront?
questions to ask yourself about the Justice card in a reading

What to Consider reading the Justice Tarot Card

The Justice card is a card that gives us a lot to think about. Here are a few other things.

Not Just Legal Matters: Justice is about fairness and balance in all aspects of life, not just legal issues. We’ve already covered that a lot here.

Fair Isn’t Always Equal: Equity means considering individual needs and circumstances to achieve true fairness. Think about people who can’t eat dairy. Is it fair to offer everyone ice cream without an alternative? It’s fair for everyone to have a snack, but it’s not equal if some can’t enjoy it.

Patience: Balancing life takes time and effort, similar to the slow pace of legal systems. Working towards balance takes time and patience.

Self-Judgment: We often judge ourselves harshly, so it’s important to be fair and kind to ourselves. Are we being fair to ourselves? Are we judging ourselves too harshly?

Shades of Gray: Life isn’t always black and white; fairness and truth often exist in nuanced shades of gray. Sometimes it’s hard to see the difference between fairness and unfairness. Life is full of shades of gray.

What’s Next?

The Justice card reminds us of the importance of fairness, truth, and balance in our lives. It’s not just about legal matters but encompasses how we treat ourselves and others. Remember, personal growth and understanding take time, so keep exploring, learning, and applying these themes in your life.

Happy Reading

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