Justice is the first of three Cardinal Virtues to appear in the trumps (the others are XI. Fortitude and XIV. Temperance). More than legal justice, she signifies the ability to treat all (including herself) with fairness and equity. The scales in her left hand, upon which she balances a heart, represent carefully weighing a decision. The scissors at her right represent acting on that decision, as the narrator of the song does when she divides what is hers from what is her former lover’s. Her feet point to the East and she is ready to go somewhere new. This feeling echoes the migrating geese in their V outside the window.
The heart in the scales rises, no longer “heavy as an oil drum” – but she may be manipulating the scales with her legs. How much of Justice is letting things take their natural course, and how much is making a conscious choice?
The challenge of this card is to honestly take stock of one’s life (along with one’s jewelry and pretty dresses). Once the clothing and curtains are bundled away, the room has complete light and openness.