Artist: Iris Compiet
Balance, equality, truth, fairness, justice
“Justice is a delicate ballerina who balances on the double-edged sword, as a dancer on the tightrope. Beneath her are flames, her feet are cut on the swords, justice and balance is a delicate thing. She herself is the scales of justice. Her hands in perfect balance. Weighing her judgment in her own two hands. Listening to all the sides, the opposing arguments, good and evil on either side of her. Good in the form of an angel, evil in the form of a devil. She has no eyes and relies on her other senses to keep the balance.”
Between two red velvet curtains, a ballerina balances on a sword. Above her, an angel and a demon whisper to her, one on either side of her, acting as perfect antithesis. A star hovers above her, white flames sear below. Her sightless gaze is turned up toward the sky, and her feet are bloody, but her balance is resolute. A flaming heart is emblazoned on her chest. She suffers for the balance she has achieved, unwilling and unable to judge by appearances, but only determining the truth for herself by listening to both good and evil and weighing both for herself.
This card cautions that justice is not easy, or obvious, but hard won and sometimes requires sacrifice. It reminds us that our actions and decisions bring consequences, and that fairness will only prevail by achieving balance.
Astrological Element & Association
Air / Libra
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