Cake, Solomon + Justice

That’s a hard job. To be fair to all without adjusting here and there for yourself. I learned this lesson as a kid.

Victorian Fairy Tarot The MagistrateToday’s card is from a brand-new deck. It’s by Lunea Weatherstone with art by Gary A. Lippincott. I saw this one online and wanted it for the artwork. I love the era it is set in. The Victorian Fairy Tarot looks delicate to me with the soft colors and fairies that abound. I shuffled the deck without looking through it (I normally view the cards first). My focus was what the deck wanted me to know about our relationship.

The Magistrate, or Justice, showed up. I did read the description to learn that the flower is the rudbeckia which means “justice.” I love that he contemplates the scroll in front of him while barefooted and outside.

This card really carries the compassionate side of justice for me. Our legal eagle is considering all the possibilities. No snap judgement from our judge. He is fair in all things even when it may not be the best for himself personally.

That’s a hard job. To be fair to all without adjusting here and there for yourself. I learned this lesson as a kid.

“You cut the cake into two pieces but your sister gets to pick which piece first.”

That is a living example of Justice. I had to cut the cake as evenly as possible. There was no making my slice just a bit bigger or making sure my slice had the best piece of icing. [Tweet “My mother was Solomon reborn and the cake was the baby.”]

Now we all have areas where it is hard to be fair to all without putting ourselves first. What are those areas in your life? I know for me one is my Tarot decks and books. I want to keep the best for myself. 😀

Your journal prompt for today is “How can I make the fairest decisions for all with compassion?”

The Magistrate, The Victorian Fairy Tarot, Llewellyn, 2013

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Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on!

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I Want Justice NOW!

Ever had the desire to stomp your foot, clench your fists and shout, “It’s not fair!”?

How did that work for you? For me? (read more)

Whimsical_11JusticeToday’s card makes me laugh. It’s a great interpretation of Justice and really brings to mind the name of this deck. It’s a very whimsical look at one side of Justice.

Ever had the desire to stomp your foot, clench your fists and shout, “It’s not fair!”?

How did that work for you? For me? Not so well. I was reminded that:

  • That’s life, kid.
  • Life’s not fair, honey.
  • Are you looking at this from their side?

Bah! I didn’t want those answers. I wanted these:

  • You’re right, Arwen.
  • Gosh, how could they say that, dear?
  • Well, that’s wrong and you are right.

Snicker. Yeah, about that…depending on the situation a mix of those statements could be correct. We always take our own side. It’s natural because that’s how we FEEL about something.

Take Goldilocks for instance. She truly didn’t think she was doing anything wrong by going into a home uninvited and using their stuff. That girl had no boundaries. And apparently no home training either.

The Bears were well within their rights to call in the cops. I mean we had a break-in in progress!

How would this story have been different if Goldi had thought the whole thing through? If she’d been polite and respected the boundaries of others?

I’m guessing we wouldn’t have had the charming teaching tale of how not to treat others and their things.

Too bad there are those who never got the lesson of boundaries and how to be respectful members of society.

But that’s not my hula hoop. I can’t control how an adult acts or reacts. I can only control my actions and my reactions to other people’s reactions.

Sometimes I’m Mama Bear who didn’t do anything. Sometimes I am forced to be Baby Bear who was the one to call Goldi on her bad behaviour.

What about you? Ever get into a situation where you were Goldi? One of the Bears?

Just for today keep in mind that your boundaries are sacred and you do get to protect them. It’s okay to invoke justice when you see an injustice.

I can only control what’s in my hula hoop but that doesn’t mean I’m not aware. 😀

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

Justice, Whimsical Tarot, US Games 2000 (reprinted and available again)

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Spock, Barbosa + Justice

Here she is intentionally blind because she’s looking at none of it. So how will she make her decision? What is her decision in this card, I wonder?

Wildwood_12MirrorToday’s card echoes yesterday’s thoughts for me. I drew at random. A very unusual interpretation of the Justice card, the Mirror of the Wildwood Tarot has a lot going on.

You see a figure in a boat. The man is dead. The boat is still chained to the shore. I wonder if that is Arthur going for his final journey back to the Lady of the Lake. And who is the lamia in the foreground? Why is she holding up the crystal ball but not looking at it or the mirror. Could she be refusing to see the truth? Could she be turning away from the finality of the death in front of her?

The heron in the bottom right carries a pouch around its neck. He, or she, is in a fairly classic fishing pose seeming to be not bothered by the death or the response of the lamia. Or is she a mermaid? Hard to discern since I can’t see the end of her tail. Either way she is a woman caught between two worlds.

This card is Justice. Justice is blind–or so they say. Here she is intentionally blind because she’s looking at none of it. So how will she make her decision? What is her decision in this card, I wonder? Is it to save the man in the boat or let the boat loose. We may never know.

Some of us see things in black and white. Others are more akin to Barbosa’s way of thinking. He told Jack Sparrow that the Pirates’ Code were “more what you’d call ‘guidelines’ than actual rules.”

And sometimes you have to think like Spock where the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.

I guess what I’m driving at here is how do we each perceive the concept of what is just. I’m sure many of you will agree that Justice isn’t always fair–particularly if you’ve had to pay a speeding ticket. LOL

So when this card turns up in your daily draw or your spread, ask yourself what must be done anyway. What must you do even though it will not make the world happy and bright. What must you do now to insure joy later?

I struggled with the writing of this. It didn’t seem to be a happy, positive, seek joy y’all kind of post. But then I realized it was. Once you’ve done the right thing, then you can move on to the joyful things. Sadly, the right thing does not always bring us joy.

But doing the right thing inevitably clears the way for joy.

So today, focus on doing what’s right and what needs to be done. Listen to your inner justice-seeking self.

Seek joy (and justice) y’all. Pass it on.

Mirror, The Wildwood Tarot, Sterling Ethos 2011

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Perspective, Thieves & Focus

I didn’t want justice. I wanted revenge. I was angry that my beloveds lost their things to fools like this. Furious that someone would dare set an unwelcomed foot where people I cherish lived.

MoonPrincess_JusticeToday’s card makes me dizzy. I had to take a few moments where I turned it upside down to make sure the printer hadn’t messed this one up! It’s an unusual interpretation of this card. You have to take into consideration where this deck comes from.

It’s the Moonprincess Himiko Tarot out of Japan. I got this deck in a Tarot lot auction from Ebay. There was another deck that I really wanted (the Ukiyoe) so this was simply a bonus to me. It’s very colorful, isn’t it?

But it makes me dizzy. Seriously. My eyes try to reverse the image. My neck hurts from my imaginary craning up to see this dazzling display. I can’t figure things out.

And isn’t that how justice feels sometimes? We expect one thing but something else happens. We feel cheated. I think that may be because we actually wanted something other than rather than justice.

Today I learned that one of my family members had their home robbed. They lost valuables but their dogs were left unharmed. They themselves were not home. I posted a very violent, cruel suggestion as to what needed to happen to them.

I didn’t want justice. I wanted revenge. I was angry that my beloveds lost their things to fools like this. Furious that someone would dare set an unwelcomed foot where people I cherish lived.

Then I remembered this quote from today’s Word-A-Day email.

If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet (1807-1882)

Ouch. A reminder to me that violence cannot be the correct response even in a case like this. Yes, I was venting. Yes, I was commiserating with my family. I understand that. But I personally can’t let myself slide. Then I go back to the violent language I’ve pledged to eradicate from my language.

Not easy. Not easy at all.

Last night I was working on my planner (yes, you can still get it. Yes, I still love it. Yes, you can still join our seeeekrit group here on Facebook when you get yours.) There’s a section of questions about what I want to do for next year in some specific areas. One of those areas was “big huge dreams” that might be so crazy out of reach it didn’t make sense to even write them down.

I wrote some down. One of those? Buy a hybrid with cash. 😀

So that’s not easy either. But I know if I am to eradicate violent language or buy a hybrid car with cash, I have to focus and work on the steps that get me there.

So I have to change my perspective about those humans who stole from my family. This Justice card makes me do that. I have to adjust my mind to see things in a different way.

I still want the thieves brought to justice, but I’m willing to forgo my original statement about slicing their balls then shooting them off.

Yeah. I told you it was a violent statement. Sorry.

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Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on!

Justice, Moonprincess Himiko Tarot, 2007

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Tarot in 9 Words: Justice 11

Here is my next poem for the Major Arcana. For those of you who are new to my blog, this is a series that I do based on my 9Words Poetry Challenge that I developed. I’ve been doing this for nearly seven years but only Continue reading “Tarot in 9 Words: Justice 11”

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Musings on Justice (Gaian Tarot)

Today’s card is a repeat of the Ace of Fire. I discussed this card here. So I am going to pull another card. I will use the Ace of Fire as my personal card and this next one as the modifier. I will often pull another card to see what modifies the energies of a card. Modifiers can enhance or subtract from the energy.

That modifier is Continue reading “Musings on Justice (Gaian Tarot)”

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Musings On The Fool’s Journey: The Fool Meets Justice

rws_foolThis is the next installment of my Fool’s Journey. I am simply writing the story as I think it might happen for this eternal wanderer of the Tarot. I hope you enjoy. You can read from the beginning by skipping to the end of this post.

With his dog yipping at his heels, the Fool left the strange scene of the ever-turning Wheel behind him. He flipped a bit of cheese to his dog as they continued down the road. For a moment the Fool had wondered if he should go back, but then he shrugged. Continue reading “Musings On The Fool’s Journey: The Fool Meets Justice”

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Tarot In Nine Words: Justice

When I am doing readings for people and Justice shows up, I often counsel them to be very fair in any legal matters. No matter how much we want to be right, we are not always right. It’s important to remember that others have the same wants in their own lives.

rws_justiceJustice can be a harsh card if you know you are in the wrong. Sitting on his throne, he stares at you as if he knows every thing you’ve done right or wrong.

Libra is the sign associated with Justice. Consider how difficult it must be to balance things all the time. Is it our own panic that makes us see this card as bad?

When I am doing readings for people and Justice shows up, I often counsel them to be Continue reading “Tarot In Nine Words: Justice”

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