The Sword and the Scales

Today is 24degreesC (75degreesF) in Singapore, and my Facebook is filled with posts discussing the freezing temperature. And of course, Fashion. πŸ˜€ The cold and the rain evoked my regret for losing my favourite sweater earlier this year. It got stolen at the laundromat in Paris, and I was kind of upset with my carelessness for not staying put to watch the clothes spin. It was a bright pink Superdry hoodie that accompanied me through the cold damp weather up in the mountains, and also my comfort blanket on flights and when I was outstation. The only consolation I could give myself was that Universe wants me to drop that girliness I am hiding behind, or memories of the sad stories this magic cloak sheltered me from. NGO work is a very romantic idea of living my dreams, but the dire situations I have to witness and still appear unfazed is not. My magic cloak helps me keep a bright outlook, even when I’m being eaten up deep inside.

I decided to still post a card because this one has been popping up the past couple of days. I am not sure who in the audience needs to read about this, but it is XI Justice. I have also been picking cards along the lines of Integrity, which means more or less the same thing. This deck is Crystal Visions Tarot by Jennifer Galasso. I would say I am not particularly impressed by the artwork or the text contents, but there is something about the energies of this set of cards. I feel a sense of connection to it, as though it knows me inside out. Strange but true, and I have no explanation for it.

This angel wields the sword of truth on her right hand, and a pair of scales on her left. I have meditated with XI Justice before and I would say the sword of truth is indeed very heavy or even cumbersome, but when held with the scales on the other hand, it feels weightless and in absolute balance. For all the weird stories of my life, it is always a good sign when this card appears (whichever deck it is) – assurance that justice and fairness will prevail and not something I need to worry about as long as I have acted in integrity, and leave it to the Universe to dispense the outcomes. For others, it usually has legal connotations such as contracts (marriage / divorce / separation papers too). It is important not to have pre-judgments when reading for others, because we really do not know the real stories or the Truth behind. Trust in the impartiality of the Universe, which looks at the objective Truth and not swayed by the dramas that us humans see. (For example, the objective truth of me losing my sweater is because I was careless, and I chose to go shopping instead of looking after my laundry. Everything else are just made-up-excuses to try explain the universe.)

While I was reading up on the Justice card, I realise there is the other aspect of this card I overlooked. It also means making a decision, and how that decision has long-term consequences – basically choosing one path and forgoing the other(s). Hence the sword and the scales: the scales to measure up the choices, and sword to sever the forgone possibilities. I believe the long-term consequences part is because it is a Major Arcana card, so it is a life-changing event where the decision you make shapes the path of your life journey from that moment onwards. Whichever decision you are making, remember there is no “right” and no “wrong”, but only the best choice you can make at that juncture. Wield the sword of Truth within you; Weigh it up, balance logic with intuition, the scales are in your hands too.

Enjoy the journey you have chosen, it will be an adventure. πŸ™‚

3 Comments Add yours

  1. I think the design of this card is so pretty! πŸ™‚ Her face is so peaceful, I’m just drawn towards it!

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      Nice. I’m too used to having cards filled up with contents, that I missed out the simplicity and peaceful of this focus. Thanks for pointing it out!

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      1. You’re welcome! πŸ™‚

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