Shadowscapes Tarot for this lovely day, and I threw Justice reversed and the Seven of Swords.
Justice is a card of adjustment; it corresponds with the element of Air (hot/separates and wet/adapts, and quick, animated energy that usually brings problems or challenges that bring growth), Libra (“we are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation), Lamed (ox goad; training or teaching), and the Path between Tiphareth (the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify) and Geburah (the place where forms and structures are challenged or affirmed). This card presents two important concepts: balance and truth, and it tells us that the purpose of the law is to implement and manifest these two concepts. The traditional image of Justice has two pillars on it, as does The High Priestess; each is a guardian of sorts, Justice a guardian of equilibrium and The High Priestess a guardian of secret knowledge.
The Shadowscapes Justice card presents the concept of justice as not being blind. On the contrary, we each are responsible for our own thoughts, words and deeds, and those are the things for which we are held accountable. The imposition of justice brings balance, because those who cause injustice are responsible for making those injustices right again.
The Seven of Swords (Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination, in Aquarius, “I know,” friendships, cause-oriented, the group, aloofness), which I had the other day in an upright position, tells of the effort to maintain things as we want them, often through the use of deception and without considering the wants or needs of others. Trying to keep things the same is an exercise in futility, but sometimes we get so caught up in our own story that we forget we are affecting others.
The Seven of Swords in the Shadowscapes Tarot shows a male wearing a mask and smiling as he admires the Sword he has stolen. In the Shadowscapes Tarot, this card is about attempting to escape from responsibility and attempting to keep all the good things for ourselves. Why worry about doing the right thing? Others will take care of that! But this kind of attitude can bring uncertainty and a lack of trust.
The message of these two cards is pretty clear. It might be difficult for me to handle things in an objective and fair-handed way, but it is this very objectivity and this very fairness that is absolutely needed. Truth is important, as is transcending my personal experiences in order to tap into the highest good for all. If I make it a point to at least try to imagine what it would be like to walk in another’s shoes, I might be able to switch these cards and end up with Justice in an upright position and the Seven of Swords reversed. A good intention for the day!