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Justice and the Ace of Swords

“We are all born and someday we’ll all die. Most likely to some degree alone.What if our aloneness isn’t a tragedy? What if our aloneness is what allows us to speak the truth without being afraid? What if our aloneness is what allows us to adventure – to experience the world as a dynamic presence – as a changeable, interactive thing? If I lived in Bosnia or Rwanda or who knows where else, needless death wouldn’t be a distant symbol to me, it wouldn’t be a metaphor, it would be a reality. And I have no right to this metaphor. But I use it to console myself. To give a fraction of meaning to something enormous and needless. This realization. This realization that I will live my life in this world where I have privileges. I can’t cool boiling waters in Russia. I can’t be Picasso. I can’t be Jesus. I can’t save the planet single-handedly. I can wash dishes.”

― Rachel Corrie.

When we speak or think of Justice two other words slide into view, sacrifice and truth.

I think that this is interesting, particularly the sacrifice bit. What is sacrifice and what has it got to do with Justice? In the dictionary the word is described as thus: something valued, loss entailed, surrender of possessions, immolate, yield up and renounce.

Are sacrifice and truth part of the same whole?

If we look at sacrifice in the context of Justice then we can assume that a punishment or reprimand is in order. One is prepared to give up their life, soul or home for penalisation for either committing a crime they believed in or for standing up for something that the establishment considers to be a blaspheme against society. I suppose that this is where truth comes in, truth is personal, it has hatched itself from the egg of the impersonal and is entirely unique to us and the life experiences that have shaped us. We can get the general gist of somebody else’s truth, we can recognise it even if we disagree how that truth came about. Nevertheless it belongs to them and as such aligns them to the conspiratorial advances of the universe whom ever so cleverly listens to the heart and acts accordingly!

Man maketh morals.

Morals are supposed to be conveyors of decency, compassion and mercy to ourselves and others. Morals are concerned with goodness or badness of character or behaviour. Morals connect us to ethics, honour, virtues and principles. This begs the question are we born with an innate sense of good or bad or are these learned?

My sense is that energy is energy and it is how we use it that determines whether it is good or bad. It is the life on Earth that prescribes a moral but in the universe there are only laws. The thing is that universal laws are also a vehicle for compassion and evolution. Compassion being a living energy in the big beyond.

How can we understand Justice in an unjust world?

Justice as a Tarot card represents balance, honesty and response as opposed to reaction. Moreover it is a dynamic where chaos is a given and restoration and building of beliefs are encouraged as active will. Justice goes beyond the looking-glass and seeks to resist injustices so that a clarity may prevail along with authenticity and dignity. Justice adds credence to intention; we become better prepared for consequence as a result of action. One also becomes self-aware and align with values that are in keeping with our overall truth and belief system.

In ancient Egypt, an ostrich feather of Maat was used to balance the heart against the deed. It is a fine line indeed between the positive and the negative. Truth is working on behalf of the greater good of all. By its very nature balance brings about calm so we can gauge our need for balance by the turmoil within. Justice wants us to be at one with our own life.

Justice calls for courage.

Justice calls for the courage to face the indignities, prejudices and the dispassionate. It is an intelligence, a mirror of the higher self and as such is part of the light we could be shining in the world but the world is full of illusion. Justice has the sword of truth that cuts a swathe through the fog of falsehood and hopefully enlivening within the principle of causality.

The Ace of Swords has an empathy with Justice. The Sword of Truth.

It is said that Michael is attributed to this card; the Archangel of presence. When the sword of Michael touches the human breast, the soul is challenged and weighed in the balance. He is the Angel of Mercy and repentance and he works against the darkness to lead humanity into the light.

This Ace shows intellectual transformation, development of ideas and creative expression. The Ace of Swords shows a willingness to fight for what is right and it breaks down the old order and dices oppression. The truth shall and must prevail. Our truth is not who is right but what is right. This is based on an awareness and a connection to the higher realms.

The most honest thing we can do is to strive to be ourselves.


  1. What does my highest ideal look like?

  2. How can I live according to my truth?

  3. How do I respond to injustice?

You can always place extra cards on top for a more fuller answer if necessary.

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