Justice can represent pending legal issues and the need to consult legal experts, but more often it is an omen cautioning us to deliberate carefully before making the next move. If we are confronted with a big decision, we should be collecting as much information as possible, seeking out reviews, references and remembering to read the fine print. This card asks us to weigh all options thoroughly before committing to a final choice.
The Justice card is also about establishing order, balance and harmony. This is a time to right wrongs or simply accept that things happened as they were meant to. She indicates fair and final outcomes, and warns us to be mindful of our actions and subsequent consequences. Her presences may also for honesty with ourselves regarding our motives, as there is a fine line between seeking justice and seeking revenge.
“While we are all free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.” – Stephen R. Covey
“Justice is about harmony. Revenge is about making yourself feel better.” – Rachel Dawes, Batman Begins.
Lesson from Doctor Who:
“YOU JUST WANT CRUELTY TO BEGET CRUELTY. YOU’RE NOT SUPERIOR TO PEOPLE WHO WERE CRUEL TO YOU. YOU’RE JUST A WHOLE BUNCH OF NEW CRUEL PEOPLE. A WHOLE BUNCH OF NEW CRUEL PEOPLE BEING CRUEL TO SOME OTHER PEOPLE WHO’LL END UP BEING CRUEL TO YOU. THE ONLY WAY ANYONE CAN LIVE IN PEACE IS IF THEY’RE PREPARED TO FORGIVE. WHY DON’T YOU BREAK THE CYCLE?” –Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi, the 12th Doctor, Nov 2015
This critical moment on the brink of a button push that would execute a human genocide started with a mounting revolution of radicalized Zygons, an alien race permitted to live on Earth as long as they were disguised as human beings. As the treaty between themselves and UNIT started to break down, the Zygon extremists began using the justice-masked slogan, “Truth or consequences” as both a threat and rally to their cause. This disgruntled group no longer wished to live in the shadows of mankind. If mankind won’t accept them for who they are, they were willing to commit genocide.
As a champion of Justice, the Doctor swoops in seeking fairness and harmony. He is a peacemaker and pacifist refraining from violence unless absolutely necessary, always seeking out diplomatic solutions to resolve conflicts, often acting as an objective mediator between two hostile opponents. He understands better than most the relationship between actions (choices) and consequences. A large part of his underlying darkness comes from the burden of regret he carries as a result of making difficult and destructive decisions.
The Doctor exemplifies Justice in many ways. First, he flies around in a time machine shaped like a police box.
“Advice and assistance obtainable immediately. Officers and cars respond to all calls.” — written on the TARDIS, Doctor Who.
Secondly, he possesses deep sense of right and wrong and conviction to intervene whenever injustice occurs, which sets him apart from the rest of his race of Time Lords who follow a strict ethic of non-intervention.
“The Doctor showed me a better way of living your life…You don’t just give up. You don’t just let things happen. You make a stand. You say ‘no.’ You have the guts to do what’s right, when everyone else just runs away.”—Rose Tyler, Doctor Who
Consider Lady Justice for a moment. Like the symbolism behind blindfold she wears, The Doctor does not discriminate.
“In 900 years of time and space, I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important.” -The Doctor, Matt Smith, the 11th Doctor, Doctor Who
In her hands are two objects: a set of scales to represent the weight of collective facts and evidence against that of a fit punishment to bring about the restoration of harmony and peace; and a sword to remind us that justice can be swift and final. Likewise, the Doctor is very clever and observant relying heavily on observable facts in order to deduce conclusions that allows him to make quick decisions and solve problems peacefully.
“The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit their views. Which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that need altering.” — Doctor Who, Tom Baker, the 4th Doctor – Jan 1977
Alison Spokes was born and raised in Houston, British Columbia and
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