Justice – King Midas

Justice King Midas

King Midas shows up as our daily Tarot Soul Coaching draw from the Inner Child Tarot by Isha Lerner. In a traditional Tarot deck, this would be XI Justice. The myth about King Midas teaches us about the consequences of our actions when they are out of harmony with the world around us. It also teaches us to be careful what we wish for. Is what we wish for for the Highest Good. Can we safely (without causing harm) do the things we need to do to make our wish come true?

King Midas gets a chance to rebalance the scales in the myth, and turns everything and everyone he accidentally turned to gold, back to their natural state. In the image above, King Midas has just turned his beloved daughter to gold when reaching out to comfort her.

Again, my thoughts to Nature and our environment. We need to focus all our actions to restoring land, sea and sky to their natural states, unaltered by human greed. Our disregard for sustainability is very Midas-like and the price we are about to pay will be just as high. We can’t eat plastic or breathe toxic air…

Justice Smith Waite Tarot

Waite for It

A.E. Waite on Justice, from the  Pictorial Key to the Tarot:

As this card follows the traditional symbolism and carries above all its obvious meanings, there is little to say regarding it outside the few considerations collected in the first part, to which the reader is referred.

It will be seen, however, that the figure is seated between pillars, like the High Priestess, and on this account it seems desirable to indicate that the moral principle which deals unto every man according to his works–while, of course, it is in strict analogy with higher things;–differs in its essence from the spiritual justice which is involved in the idea of election. The latter belongs to a mysterious order of Providence, in virtue of which it is possible for certain men to conceive the idea of dedication to the highest things. The operation of this is like the breathing of the Spirit where it wills, and we have no canon of criticism or ground of explanation concerning it. It is analogous to the possession of the fairy gifts and the high gifts and the gracious gifts of the poet: we have them or have not, and their presence is as much a mystery as their absence. The law of Justice is not however involved by either alternative. In conclusion, the pillars of Justice open into one world and the pillars of the High Priestess into another.

Waite talks about the obvious connection with human law and in comparing Justice with the High Priestess, helps us see the connection with divine law and Providence. When it comes to the latter, we simply cannot begin to know or understand why some people are more gifted than others. All we need to concern ourselves with is how to use our particular gifts for the Highest Good. Though it could be argued that, by the same Providence, many people are not interested in anything other than what serves them.

Frideborg Figures

Justice King Midas

In the Frideborg Tarot, I feel divine justice is more than hinted at through including as much of the bright blue sky as possible. Other than that, the imagery speaks for itself.

I consider Justice one of the main Karmic cards in a Tarot reading. You can read more about that HERE.

With Justice as our Tarot Soul Coaching card of the day, we are invited to examine how to restore harmony, balance and fairness to our lives. I created a Rune Tarot spread earlier this week that seems a good fit for contemplating this further. CLICK HERE to give it a whirl!

The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice. Martin Luther King, Jr. Click To Tweet


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