The Eleventh Key the nd Path

The Magickal Title of this card is the Daughter of the Lord of Truth, the Holder of the Balances. The path of Justice runs between Tiphareth and Geburah. It is "The Severity of Beauty and Sovereignty, Mars acting through Libra upon Sol." This path assures the balance of the whole Tree by equilibrating between the pivotal core of the Tree and the sphere of its harshest action. The function of this path is to constantly compensate for imbalance. Justice acts like a carpenter's level, showing which side of the project needs adjustment. If a person is imbalanced on the side of Mercy, the Sword of Justice swings to the side of Severity, and vice versa. The unbalanced aspects are severed by the Sword of Geburah in a necessary, martial fashion. This is a double edged sword that can swing both ways, either in the act of destroying or consecrating. Its action is like that of a pendulum, which only comes to rest in the center, after the gravitational pull of both polarities has quieted.

Lamed, the Hebrew letter attributed to Justice, means ox goad, a stick used to prod the beast of burden forward. The Sword of Justice is the device which prods us in the ribs to keep us on a balanced path, always moving forward.

The figure of Maat is shown in this card. She is the Goddess of Truth and of Law, here seen dressed in green, the color of the path of Lamed, and of Libra. Her wings are red, thus the two flashing colors of the card allude to the balance of Venus and Mars. She wears the vulture headdress, and on her robe is a feather, her symbol, which is weighed against the heart and soul of the Initiate in the Hall of Truth. At her feet is the jackal of Anubis, God of the Underworld, who awaits her verdict, ready to carry away the hapless souls who are not judged to be pure-hearted. The Goddess holds the Sword of Justice and the scales—the emblem of Libra. Behind her is the golden Sun of Tiphareth, the sphere of beauty and balance.

The serpent at the top refers to Teth (and through Leo, the Sun). From the serpent, larger scales are suspended which in turn form the two Pillars of Hermes and of Solomon. In these scales are shown the Skull of Death and the Candle of Light and Life as described in the Adeptus Major Ceremony. At the base of the Pillars are the triangles of fire and of water, representing the two Great Opposing Forces in the Queen scale colors of Geburah and Gedulah. These are the energies between which the Sword of Justice must balance.

Interpretation in a Tarot Reading

Eternal Justice and Balance. Strength and Force, but arrested as in the act of judgement. Compare with Strength. Also in combinations with other cards, legal proceedings, a court of law, a trial at law, etc.

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