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Justice Tarot Card Meanings & Symbolism

The Justice tarot card (XI) is the 12th Major Arcana card in the standard Tarot deck

It represents justice, karma and what goes around comes around.

But, as always, this card holds different meanings depending on the situation and other cards surrounding it.

Read on to dive deep into the meaning and symbolism of the Justice card. 


Before Working With The Tarot

justice tarot card meaning

If you’re new to working with the tarot or even if you’ve already gotten started but want clearer communication from the universe, there’s something you need to consider. 

How do you know that your communication channels are clear and that you’re receiving the most accurate information for your highest and greatest good? 

Truth be told, so many people begin working with the tarot hoping to gain clarity on their lives, only to receive the wrong messages in the end. 

Or at least interpret them the wrong way. 


Because they are out of alignment with the universe!

The best way to avoid this is by getting your numerology reading.

It’s totally free and is personalized uniquely to you based on your birth date and your name.

It can tell you if you have any energetic blockages that could hinder you from receiving clear communication from spirit and the universe. 

But that’s not the best part…

People who take the time to get their numerology reading tell me all the time that they feel more “in tune” with the tarot afterward. 

They say they bond with their decks and start to “see” and “feel” communication in a clearer and more accurate and satisfying way once they tap into universal energy this way. 

When you start to work in alignment with the universe rather than against it, you’ll soon see just how easy the tarot is and how good at divination you really are. 

It’s your time to take your spirituality seriously and step into the gifts you’ve been given, is it not? 

Get your free reading now to make sure you are on the right track.

That way you can make sure you’re maximizing your full potential as a growing tarot reader.



Justice Tarot Card Keywords

Tarot Card Meanings - Justice (Major Arcana)

Upright: justice, court cases, law, honesty, life lessons, karma, cause & effect


Reversed: karmic debt, corruption, injustice, unfairness, lack of accountability


Justice Card Description


Justice sits in front of a loosely hung red veil, symbolizing compassion, and between two pillars that represent balance, law, and structure, similar to those that frame the High Priestess and Hierophant.

She wields a sword in her right hand, demonstrating the logical, well-ordered intellect required to administer appropriate punishment.

The sword is pointing upwards, indicating a solid and definitive decision, and the double-edged blade represents the fact that our actions always have consequences.

The scales on her left (intuitive) hand symbolize her impartiality by demonstrating how intuition must balance logic.

Justice wears a crimson robe with a green mantle and a crown with a little square on it indicating well-ordered thoughts.

As a reminder of the spiritual implications of your deeds, a small white shoe appears from beneath her robe.


Upright Justice Tarot Card Meanings

justice tarot card upright

When the Justice card appears upright in a tarot reading, it’s telling you that everything has its consequences. 

The universe is a giant karmic machine, and every action and choice you make works itself out in a balanced way.

This card often appears when major court cases or legal matters are being settled, so if you’re involved in a legal dispute and Justice appears upright, this is generally a sign that things will be fair and balanced.

(Which could be good or bad for you, depending on what side you’re on.)

The questions you should ask yourself when The Justice card appears upright in your tarot reading are: 

  • What are the consequences of my actions?
  • Am I living a life in line with myself and my true potential?
  • Is this fair or balanced, or have I somehow been wronged?
  • Am I being fair to others, or could I improve my behavior?

Beyond this, the Justice card also relates to balance and stability.  

It may signify that your life is in balance and you’re doing well, or it could be a sign that there are situations arising in your life where you feel like things are off a little bit.

One way or the other, you’ll need to keep yourself balanced as these situations unravel. 

The Justice card can also indicate that you have a choice to make.

You may have to make a pros and cons list, weigh all your options, and see what outcome would suit you best.


Upright Justice Meaning For Love

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Upright Justice Card Meanings For Relationships

If you’re in a relationship the Justice card could be either good or bad.

This depends on your relationship and where it presently stands.

If you’re in a relationship and Justice appears upright for you, this could be a sign that your relationship is at the next level.

It means your union is solid and growing stronger, which can either mean marriage or a bigger commitment than what you already have.

If you’re on the same page and have a balanced approach to communication and the energy you exchange with each other and have a mutual level of respect, it is a good sign that you’re headed in the right direction.

However, if there is dishonesty or one partner has cheated or isn’t being as forthcoming about their intentions with the other — the truth will soon come out.

Whether you’re on the receiving end of this, know that the time for secrecy, if any, is coming to a close.

The truth will be revealed soon and either way, you will have more information to make a decision on the direction you will go.



Upright Justice Card Meanings For Singles

If you are single and looking for love and The Justice card appears in your tarot reading, it may represent the type of person you are likely to attract next.

It often points to your attracting someone in the legal field (a lawyer or officer), that you may attract someone in a legal setting, or even that you may meet a Libra (as that is the astrological sign associated with the Justice card.)

Furthermore, if you have experienced dishonesty, cheating, or lying in your past, Justice upright could be a sign that things are turning around for you.

It could either be a sign that the person who enters your life next will be a more honest, forthcoming person.

Or, it could be a sign from the universe telling you to trust your intuition and seek honesty from your next partner.

As long as you treat others with respect and integrity, you will be rewarded with a partner that you can trust.


Upright Justice Meaning For Money & Career

If Justice appears upright in your tarot reading about money and career, take a look at your work-life balance and see if you are getting the right amount of time away from your job, or if you are pushing yourself too hard trying to succeed.

Be sure that you’re taking enough time for yourself and enjoying the fruits of your labor.

Also, see if you are being honest in your dealings with co-workers and everyone else.

If not, it may be time to re-examine how you make decisions at work and what kind of energy you bring to the table. 

On the other side, make sure you’re also being treated fairly in return.

If you have been working hard for what you’ve achieved and aren’t being compensated fairly, it may be time to speak up and make a change.

For your finances, the Justice card shows you taking a balanced approach there as well.

Balancing your books, doing good accounting, making sure your bills are paid on time and that you’re saving for a rainy day, while also enjoying some of your money and having fun as well.

In terms of manifesting money, the Justice card is generally a good omen and a positive sign for you.

Don’t throw all caution to the wind, of course, but you should expect good luck with generating income when The Justice tarot card appears upright in a money tarot reading.



Reversed Justice Tarot Card Meanings

reversed justice tarot

Reversed Justice can be a sign of dishonesty, either in a situation or relationship, or even with yourself.

It may mean that you are not being honest about your intentions and there is potential for betrayal if discovery follows.

If you are receiving this message from The Justice tarot card in your reading, trust your intuition.

Don’t ignore the signs and know that “what you sow, so shall you reap.”

What goes around comes around.

If you deal with others in a dishonest manner, you will likely experience the same thing at some point in your life.

But if others are mistreating you, trust that the same will come to them.

Reversed Justice can be a sign of someone trying to avoid their karma as well.

If the Justice card has appeared in your reading upright already, this reversal could be a sign that someone is trying to avoid what they deserve.

For you, the message is to maintain your balance.

Keep a level head, act with integrity and honesty to the best of your ability, and see it through. 


Reversed Justice Meaning For Love

reversed justice tarot

Reversed Justice Card Meanings For Relationships

Much of the time when the Justice card appears reversed in a relationship reading it is a sign of cheating or other major disloyalty and dishonesty.

If you are getting this message in your relationship tarot card reading, the Justice card reversal could be a sign that there is someone in your life right now who isn’t being honest either with themselves or with you.

If you are the one doing the cheating, prepare for all of those skeletons to fall out of your closet as well.

Whatever side you are on, the truth will come out so prepare for the revelation.

Overall, even if there’s no dishonesty, Justice reversed symbolizes a tough time in your relationship.

You are likely going to argue a lot, disagree on many things, and feel like one partner may have more power over the other in the relationship, which can cause more discomfort.

The advice here is to try to find ways to come together and communicate better.

When The Justice card appears reversed in a relationship reading, it is a message that the scales need to be leveled again and everyone needs to feel they are being treated fairly.   


Reversed Justice Card Meanings For Singles

the justice card

If you’re single and the Justice card comes up reversed there are two primary meanings.

First, it could be a sign that you may think you’re ready for a new relationship but you could still be holding on to bad patterns from the past.

This could even be something you do, but more often than not it represents a pattern in your past partners that need to be healed.

The second primary meaning of the reversed Justice card for singles is that your approach to love is pushing people away.

It’s often a sign of a lack of balance.

Maybe you fall in love very quickly and put too much pressure on partners and it pushes them away (even if you mean well.)

Or, you become too consumed with the new love that you start to neglect your friends or your own personal life.

You wind up losing yourself in your relationships and this causes them to fail.

The message you need to take from this reversed card is to find a healthy balance and focus on your own life, interests, goals, and passions in addition to love.


Reversed Justice Meaning For Money & Career

Defocused illustrative editorial tarot cards.

When the Justice card appears in a business reading, it can indicate that you are not being treated fairly.

You may feel that you are being ripped off or taken advantage of in some way.

This reversed meaning can also be a sign of an unfair work environment where the boss is making decisions for the company without input from everyone else.

If you work for yourself, this reversed meaning of the Justice card could be a sign that you are not treating your employees well or fairly.

It is important to remember that karma means everyone will get treated how they treat others.  

So if there’s an imbalance see if there’s a way to correct it before an automatic correction occurs.

When it comes to financial luck, when the Justice card appears reversed, be very cautious.

It is generally not a sign of good luck and you should take care to avoid unnecessary losses.


Final Thoughts

Tarot Card Meanings - Justice (Major Arcana)

Tarot is a powerful tool that can help you understand your life and the world around you.

It’s also an incredible way to develop your intuition, which will serve as a guide in all aspects of your life.

There are many benefits to learning tarot on your own, but it can be easy to get things wrong if you’re not careful.

That’s why if you’re a serious student of the tarot, do yourself — and your tarot practice — a favor.

Get your free numerology reading.

Imagine how empowered and excited you’ll feel unlocking your inner power and knowing, with full confidence, that you’re receiving the clearest messages for the highest and greatest good of you and those you love.

Get your free numerology reading now.


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