XI Justice is, together with V The Hierophant, one of the two marriage and wedding cards in the deck. From an energy perspective it resonates with the heart chakra and the function of harmonising the feminine and masculine energies.
As you may well have guessed, this is one of the cards in the deck that puts the spotlight firmly on relating, no matter what question you originally asked of the cards.
Justice deals with the communication and harmonising aspects of relating and the legal side of marriage whereas The Hierophant deals with the wedding rites and traditions.
Because Justice also rules legal matters, it is the divorce card in the deck. Look for the reversal or a pairing up with the reversed 2 of Cups, or the 3 or 10 of Swords.
If Justice and The Hierophant show up together in a reading about a relationship, you can pretty much start planning the wedding reception now. Also, if Justice shows up with The Lovers, the Ace, 2 or 3 of Cups, the 4 of Wands or the 10 of Cups, marriage may be in the cards – although…not so quick! It may not be yours! A Page with any of the aforementioned card combos make it more likely that you will soon receive a wedding invitation.
Depending on surrounding cards, Justice may bring some really difficult lessons about fairness, harmony and equality. A perfect example of this is the Saturn in Libra (3 of Swords) energies that we are experiencing at the minute. Justice corresponds to Libra and Saturn in Libra wants us to transcend the ego illusions that limit our ability for unconditional love in our relating.
In a reading, the combination of The World (or Universe) together with Justice is a mirror image of Saturn in Libra (just like the 3 of Swords). This Major Arcana pairing means the end of a model of communication or system of relating that is dysfunctional and therefore has to end. It doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the relationship though. It all depends on the willingness of both parties to buckle down and do the work. Saturn is a hard taskmaster but his rewards are in proportion to his demands.
A while back, I created a Relationship Tarot Spread which is based on the scales of Libra and the energy of the Justice card. Working through this spread will help you learn more about the movement and direction of the energy contained in this card.
You can use the card vibrationally by creating a Tarot Essence if you are in a relationship which suffers from imbalance and disharmony. Taking the essence won’t change the behaviour of the other person but it will help you see the energy pattern of the dynamic you have created more clearly, enabling you to adjust your own heart chakra energy to respond in a more loving way.
If you are single, you would use an essence of Justice to balance your heart chakra energy to dispel the need for a partner to compensate the male/female energy you happen to be low on. That way you are free to attract someone on equal terms.
If the card is used to describe the qualities of a lover, it tells you of someone who is intelligent, wise, fair, peace-loving and a lover of beauty. On the other hand (reversed or ill-dignified), it could be giving you red flags about someone who is a commitment phobic, chronic fence-sitter and who will avoid conflict at any cost, not realising that conflict is sometimes necessary in order to push through to the next level of understanding.
Sexually, Justice puts the focus on aesthetics and grooming or buying new lingerie/cologne might not go amiss if you wish to seduce a new lover or maintain the interest of an old one.