The Justice tarot card sits at number 8.
It symbolises both Karma and sanskara.
Sanskara:- A deep mental impression produced by past experiences, a mental or behavioural pattern, latency
Sanskara is the personal side of Justice. All that has ever happened to us is held deep within our psyche.
Traditionally Justice is depicted sitting on a throne, a sword in her right hand and a pair of scales in her left.
The sword symbolises discrimination and right use of consciousness.
The scales symbolise the balancing of opposing forces and alignment of duality.
It is only discrimination that takes us above duality.
In the Bible, Genesis 3:5 it says “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
Thus duality was created amongst mankind.
After God discovered their downfall He expelled them from Eden.
Genesis 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
This flaming sword set at the garden of Eden is the symbolically the same sword as see in the Justice card. The Cherubims are the same as the winged putti in the Lovers card, symbolising love of the truth, while Eden is represented by the Sun card.
Through right action we can attain Eden again.
This includes activities from previous lives. Current events trigger a response and often we are unaware as what we are responding to because the memory is beyond our reach.
We are all born with Sanskara which is why each new born baby is unique. More recent events also colour the way we perceive the world, and these actions cause layers to cover the heart and make it more difficult for us to act freely.
Karma (kri to do) Action; former actions which will lead to certain results in a cause and effect relationship.
Karma is the action which helps us to work through our personal sanskara. Events take place which affect a healing. However this healing often takes painful forms which means that while embroiled in it we cannot comprehend how it can possible help us.
Karma is also the principal of cause and effect. If we do something one day then at some time in the future, whether in this life time or another, we are destined to reap result repercussions. These can be positive or negative.
In practice the Justice card symbolises both God’s law and man made law. It therefore represents both the laws of sanskara/karma and the judicial system.
When reversed Justice symbolises resentment and a strong feeling that life is not fair.
However we look at it karma is karma whether apparently fair or not. It is entirely our attitude to it which colours our perception. Life presents situations which we have to deal with in order to erase sanskara and reach perfection. These situations are not always pleasant, thus we build resentment and a sense of being persecuted by the world