|The Steampunk Tarot. Text by Barbara Moore,|
artwork by Aly Fell. © 2012, Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. 2143 Wooddale
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In a scarlet dress, with a silver and black corset, a red choker, and a clockwork crown, she stands between two pillars. In front of her is a mechanical scales, with jewels on one side and a single feather on the other, perfectly balanced. Instead of a sword in her hand, tarot cards fall from it - the Justice she metes out is not cutting, but still decisive. Karma determines the cards we are given, the hand we have to play.
What is in the cards is often influenced by what has gone before, as any card sharp can tell you. Or as Barbara puts it: "You play the hand that you were dealt. The way you play it will determine your next hand." And so, in Justice, we are often asked to weigh up the past in order to decide how best to move forward, and to consider the consequences of our actions. Sometimes the weighing up is done by some force or institution outside ourselves - law courts, or life itself...
How has the past influenced the situation you now find yourself in? What can you do to help balance the scales of life? How will you play the cards that life has dealt you?