Hey there folks! These are my notes on the Waite-Smith tarot from back in 2008, shortly after I first began studying. I have updated them a little: New notes are in purple. Friend me on Facebook for updates, videos, chit-chat, and possibly a free reading!
Key Words–upholding justice, understanding cause and effect, preparing for a decision
General Appearance–androgynous, neutral
Sword–Discerning intuition, sharp observation, thinking and acting with precision
Handle–T-shaped, symbol for Pluto, representing elimination (and digging deeper)
Scales–Balance of heart and mind, weighing options, considering different view points
Right Foot Forward—Slight readiness for action. Notice posture is similar to Emperor.
Crown–Kether (Tree of Life,) Also reminds me of ramparts–place of attacks from a defended position. Like twitter–a lot of people jumping in on a situation, pelting away at a concept bit by bit, while in the safety of their own homes.
Blue Square–Heaven (blue) on Earth (square.) Putting moral values into code, upholding social and earthly laws
White Square–Justice (white) in the every-day (square,) dealing with minute details and the mundane
Red Robe–courage and desire
Veil–Opaque laws, mysterious system, secret knowledge, not showing one’s process, sanctuary
Thoughts from the future! (a.k.a. now)
It’s interesting that this card came up for me at a time when I needed to step back and adjust some things (In some decks, such as the Thoth, this card is called “Adjustment.”) I was going full steam ahead with this new Tarot series, and I hit a couple road blocks. I am also working on offering readings professionally, so I need to think about changing my site name. And I have a friend working with me, so we have to think about which parts of the business we want to share, and what we want to keep separate.
So this card can be about weighing decisions. It can also be about real justice. With a lot of people feeling incensed and under-recognized these days, I think the Justice card is coming into the spotlight.
This card could also denote dull and unflattering yet important work. Weighing every fact, hammering out the details, and writing things into code–whether on a personal level, at work, or in government.
Compare all cards where the figure is sitting on a throne or between two pillars. It is very interesting to note the similarities and differences! You might just uncover some secrets about these cards.
Ask yourself: how do your habits reflect your values? Are you taking action on things you care about–even if it just means making a few small changes in your life? Is there a burning issue you need to discuss with someone? If so, perhaps it will be good to bring a mediator.
Make a list of personal values–what is most important to you? Then make a list of commandments–things you swear to do in your life time.
Cheers, and thank you for reading!