La Justice. Balance and Perfection
“The good you do to others I shall return to you. What you do not give I shall take away from you.”
Unlike the traditional representations of Justice, the Justice of Marseilles Tarot has her eyes wide open. She is both a judge and a witness. She calls us to look at ourselves in the mirror, to evaluate ourselves, and to honestly answer — are we being merciful towards ourselves and others? Are we giving ourselves what we deserve? And what is it really that we think we deserve?
La Justice delivers a message of unity and balance, but this is not blind justice, nor perfectionist justice. If the demands we set both for ourselves and others are unrealistically high, we are forever stuck in a loop of guilt and compromise, because we are chasing the unattainable. When the ideal calls for inhuman perfection, it is dead. Remember the deathly paleness of the High Priestess, the perfect yet unattainable feminine archetype? She was the guardian of spiritual truths, dead to herself and alive to the Spirit.
But for a judge to be fair, she has to know what being human means. La Justice is not a mystic, nor a prophet. To administer justice, she has to be real and earthy, with her feet firmly grounded into the earth. She calls for balance. She calls for being present and taking a stand for what is right. It is not perfection that she is seeking, but rather, dynamic excellence, one that is constantly evolving, stretching to newer heights while fully appreciating the healing that has already been achieved.
We should not be afraid of punishment, or let guilt drive our actions. We should face the reality in its fullness, not allowing ourselves to deny the shadow and pretend it does not exist — this would turn us into hypocrites in the long run. But by embracing the shadow we loosen its grip on us. We learn to appreciate ourselves fully, even the darkest ugliest slivers of our soul that want to be raised to light. When we have nothing to hide anymore, we become free.
At each given moment, we are just that — perfect. Perfection is a process rather than a result, the way of purification where we allow things to be exactly what they are. And then, when we reach out and embrace the monster that we have so hard tried to destroy, the monster that has only been getting stronger and stronger as it was feeding on our hatred — when we embrace that monster and cease fighting it, it dissolves into nothingness. We are free.