Per Bastemhet

Nefertari Tarot: Justice (8)

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Visual Card Description:  Isis/Aset is seated at the hall of judgment, to provide divine protection to those who have proven themselves innocent and justified.*  In her right hand she holds a lotus staff*, and in her left hand an ankh.* (with which to give life)  Behind her, Thoth/Djehuti weighs the deceased’s heart against Ma’at’s feather, and writes the results. 

Free Association:  Judgment, Morality, Consequences

Rider-Waite/Traditional Associations:  Justice deals with the idea of karma and the law of cause and effect, stating that all events, and all people, are connected. It’s important to remember that not everything you are dealing with, however, is a direct result of your own actions or karma. Sometimes you will be called upon to deal with the results of the actions of someone you care about, and this can sometimes be as difficult and demanding as it is when you’re up against something that is completely of your own making. Don’t blame yourself unnecessarily.

This card evokes the need for fairness, balance, and harmony. Operate in as balanced and reasonable a fashion as you can. This includes in how you think about and treat yourself. If you are directly involved with a court case, it is likely to be resolved, at least in large degree, in your favor.

Meaning from the lwb (little white book that came with this deck):  Law, balance, fairness, harmony, justice.  Fatality, submission to consequential logic.  Respect of hierarchy and natural law.  It is here represented by Isis, goddess of the moon and bride of Osiris, symbol of merciful judgment.

My interpretation:  The justification of one’s heart is one of the most, if not the most, important part of one’s existence.  If your heart is heavy with evil, then it will weigh more than Ma’at’s feather, which is the symbol of justice, equality, balance, harmony, etc.  One does not have to be perfect, but one must have done more good than bad in one’s lifetime.  If one’s heart is too heavy, their ba is eaten by Ammit, and they will be erased from existence.  However if their heart is light, they are given new life by Isis/Aset, and allowed to live on in various forms of existence in the afterlife.  Isis/Aset had the power to reanimate her husband, so your ka would be in good hands.  She is also a very cunning sorceress, having tricked her father Ra into giving her his true name.*  No amount of lies or cunningness will change your fate- the scales never lie.  This card reminds us that in all situations, we must try to live in Ma’at, or do the right thing, as much as we can.

Written by Bastemhet

May 12, 2013 at 9:48 am

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