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January 26, 2009

2009 Tarot Study – VIII Justice

Justice — Is There Any?

The subtitle for this section of my post is borrowed from the chapter on Justice in Sallie Nichols’ Jung and Tarot: An Archetypal Journey.

I’ve had a lot of trouble with this particular card in my study, and I’m not sure why. It’s not as if I’ve never given the Justice card a lot of thought before. But during the past week, I’ve been skirting around the Justice card as if it were anathema to me. I thought that didn’t make much sense. It makes even less sense when I consider that as a person with Sun in Libra, I’ve often identified with the Justice card as an archetype representing me to a great degree.

Fairness and Justice have always been important to me, and they’ve been factors in my life at every turn, sometimes as ideals or aspirations, sometimes as great disappointments. And maybe that’s where my difficulty comes in. We search and search for Justice in certain matters, in our world. Yet I’m sure we don’t always find it, and more recently I wonder if we always should. (more…)

File: — Barbara @ 7:35 pm PST, 01/26/09

2009 Tarot Study – Numbers and the Tarot Major Arcana

If you’re new to Tarot, you might wonder why the Justice and Strength cards are numbered differently from one Tarot deck to another.

In the older Tarot de Marseille decks, Justice is VIII and Strength is XI (and the Fool, by the way, has no number at all, while the Death card has a number — XIII — but no title).

In some modern decks, Justice is XI and Strength is VIII.

No one really knows how the original Tarot majors were ordered, or if they were ordered at all. In some of the oldest known Tarot decks the major arcana had no numbers. (more…)

File: — Barbara @ 7:08 pm PST, 01/26/09


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