Key 11, Justice, is a powerful force in the Major Arcana. As with so many other keys in the deck, she is all about balance – negative and positive, male and female, light and dark. The pillars seen in the Hierophant and High Priestess keys reappear in Justice key, again reinforcing that notion of balance.
In her right hand she raises the double-edged sword of defense, indicating victory and the cutting away of falsehood. In her left hand she holds the golden scales of balance and fairness.
The three points in Justice’s crown added to the four sides of the jewel on her breast add to the mystical number seven, the number of Venus and love. All true justice comes from love. She wears the red robe of action, indicating that justice must always prevail.
As The Fool travels along the path toward enlightenment, Justice acts as a reminder that The Fool has reached a place of beginning power – the sword of justice grants The Fool the gift to discern right from wrong.
The Justice key reminds us that fairness, kindness, balance, harmony and love need to be the guiding forces in our lives.
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