For my part, though, I landed on the notion that maybe Justice leads through into…Judgement. I have three main reasons.
1) Both cards feature titles and concepts that have found their ways into our society’s legal arena. Justice and Judgement are both terms and ideas that populate our judicial system.
2) Justice in Tarot is often about balance…and a balanced approach is arguably necessary in dealing successfully with the kinds of upheaval that can beset a person undergoing the processes symbolized by the Judgement card. Just as The High Priestess might bar the gate and force people to take the long way to The Moon if she’s not satisfied that they can bear up under its energies yet, maybe Lady Justice similarly forces pilgrims to travel by the long path to Judgement if they don’t yet show a solid enough grasp on balance.
3) In Egyptian Mythology, when you die, you’re greeted at the entrance to the Underworld by the great God, Anubis. He holds a set of scales – just like those of Lady Justice – and tests your heart to see if you qualify for either eternal afterlife or total deletion from reality. In other words, if you get past his application of a very Justice-style evaluation, you’re ready to deal with a new phase of your existence, post-“death”…much like the figures emerging from coffins in the Judgement card might be poised to do.
Just some musings aloud, inspired by Mike’s great question. Answering thoughts are most welcome! #tarot #tarotcards #tarotcommunity #tarotreadersofinstagram #tarottoolkit #tarottip #divination #cartomancy #justice #judgement #Anubis #highpriestess #moon #ladyjustice #indigokyanite #crystal #metaphysics #metaphysical #esoteric #occult