Tarot Card of the Month
The Woman behind the Card
In this card, we meet the Goddess of Justice, Athene, daughter of Zeus and the Goddess of Wisdom, Metis.
As with the God Ares, Justice has warlike tendencies. However unlike her brother, Athene comes from the standpoint of logic, intelligence, strategy in battle and the preservation of truth. But it wasn’t all war and battles, she was also known for the art of taming horses, weaving and embroidery.
In this card, we see Athene with long golden hair, dressed in a white dress, with a white body plate and helmet.
She sits on a golden throne, holding high a raised sword in one hand, golden scales in the other, and a white owl perched closely on her shoulder.
She is seated underneath two white stone pillars, the flooring is made up of small black and white squares, much like a chess board, and behind her, the sky is a rich but fading blue.
Step inside this card for a moment, this is not a place for warm fuzzy feelings. Here we only deal with logic and reasoning, not emotion and passion, a balance of thought together with a balance of action, thinking things through before we speak and act.
Justice does not bring with her warmth, but she does bring comfort, security, protection, wisdom, justice.
The Meaning behind this Card
Athene dedicated her life to the pursuit of pureness and chastity. She never allowed herself to be influenced by irrational thought and emotions, and it is that aspect of Justice that we must also try to take into ourselves.
She is a calm, cool headed character, who will always think things through first, without flying off the handle.
On an emotional level, her level headedness could be considered as cold hearted, unapproachable, and an unwillingness to empathise and connect to human emotion.
During situations of conflict, proceed only after the options have been weighed, a plan has been formulated, and several back up plans are also in place in case anything unforeseeable happens.
Justice may also represent the need to seek legal or professional advice.
Thoughts for Today
Today you may find yourself in an emotionally charged situation. It is important to remember to keep a cool head as now is not the time to allow emotions to get the better of you.
Try to detach yourself from the situation if you can, by mentally or physically walking away to collect your thoughts. Don’t make any rash decisions before thinking through the pros and cons and only speak or act on something once your mind is clearer and more rational.