Card: La Justicia / Justice
Numerical Value: 8
Astronomical Symbol: Libra
Depiction: In the Tarot de la Santa Muerte, "La Justicia" depicts the blue cloaked Santa Muerte holding the scales of justice above a burning flame atop an obelisk. A heart sits balancing on the scales, counter balanced by a feather. The all seeing eye looks over the scene, which is set between two large pillars, one white and one black. The floor is also black and white. Clouds are seen in the background.
Symbolism: La Justicia represents justice and truth. The scales of justice represent fairness under the law, where facts dictate and all people are treated fairly. In ancient mythology, the weighing of the heart against the feather represented the weighing of the person's deeds in life (represented by the heart) against the principles of truth and justice (represented by the feather). The all seeing eye above the Santa Muerte, as well as the blue cloak which she wears, represent knowledge, truth, and wisdom - all essential ingredients for justice to work. The burning flame over which the Santa Muerte holds the scales of justice represents the light of truth, illuminating the darkness to reveal secrets and knowledge. The obelisk is a sun symbol, further representing the idea of truth as light.
The dichotemy of black and white pillars and floor tiles represents universal balance. Just as the pillars on the card hold up the temple in the image, and just as the floor serves as the foundation of the temple, so too does justice serve as a basic foundation of human existence, supported on this Earth by the pillars of truth and fairness. The clouds in the background of the imagery represent the veil of death, and the power and control that Santa Muerte has over it. This display of Santa Muerte's authority on the card reveals her status as the ultimate bringer of justice and fairness - for she embraces us all in the end.
In a reading upright, this card represents the dispensing of justice and fair treatment. Depending on the reading, this card can mean that justice and fairness will be recevied, or that a person may be called upon to dispense justice and fairness in an authority position. If you have been wronged, expect justice to be served, with or without the help of man's law. You may win a lawsuit or a person who wronged you might suffer a magnification of what he or she brought on you.
In reverse, La Justicia represents inequiality, the lack of justice, false accusations, or also the dispensing of justice you may not like - like being reprimanded or punished for doing something you knew was wrong. Keep your wits about you to make sure you're not being taken advantage of and don't be surprised if legal or other official decisions don't go your way. If you did something you knew was wrong, then expect your conduct to come back and haunt you - especially if you continue on the same path you're on now.
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