Artist: Roxana Paul
Justice-Nanshe is depicted on the card as a beautiful woman with a scale in her left hand, and a sword in her right hand. It is a traditional image of Justice although her eyes are not covered with a bandage. Two golden rams at her feet is a hint at the period of 2160 BC when the Age of Taurus for the Babylonians was over, and Age of Aries (Ram) had begun.
While Utu-Shamash, the sun god, was the god of justice in the Babylonian epos, Nanshe was the goddess who indeed provided humanity with social justice. Her role to watch over orphans and widows, as well as oversaw fairness was rather practical. Nanshe also had a title of “the Lady of the Storerooms,” making sure that weights and measures were correct.
Justice embodies balance, harmony, and equilibrium in all spheres of life. She has also indicated situations of making decisions and choices, meaning logical choice, and acting in fair and just ways. Justice personifies the weighing of all sides of an issue and balancing all its facets to make a right decision. She makes her choice with full awareness, setting a course for the future. Sometimes this card can represent directly legal affairs, including courts and lawsuits.
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