The readers of the Spiral Tarot, Ryder-Waite or Golden Dawn decks will know this
card as JUSTICE key 11. In the Thoth Deck the comparable card is ADJUSTMENT Key 8. Crowley has shown an appropriate, if not
deeper understanding of this card's Principle known as The Faithful intelligence.
; Faithful, because its ever faithful to that which is symbolized by the FOOL and/or Holy Spirit,
doing whatever is necessary to bring an organism into a state of
equilibrium. The Path of Lamed (meaning Ox Goad) is not always a
pleasant one. As the term OX GOAD, implies, we are often forced by our
Higher Self to go in a emotional and physical direction that we do not
wish to go.
Though no punishment is implicit, the figure in both the Spiral Tarot and Thoth card
holds the sword of Geburah that cuts away "the dead wood" or what is no
longer needed, pruning our consciousness on its way to a better mental
health or balance.
Sword of Geburah (Severity) has a double edge, one for enforcing peace
and one for war.
The errant dual thinking of "good or bad" or "right or
wrong", are not the Principle here. Rather, all Forms are of the Soul
(Psyche), and this is a physiological assessment of equilibrium
necessary, as the Soul weighs itself on the left hand scales, and then
making the necessary adjustments on the right.
By placing the image of the human body on the Tree of Life, the observer can see that the Sephira Geburah
(Severity) is on the right hand and the Sephira Chesed (Mercy) is on the
left. This placement not only reinforces the idea of cutting away the
negative aspects of the soul and body as a return to purity but also
note the attributes of Libra, the sign of the zodiac attributed to this
card and the Kidneys, which cleanse waste from the body.
The JUSTICE/ADJUSTMENT card is related to Karma, if one understands Karma to mean action,
rather than the misunderstood term of punishment for not correcting
error in past lives. The ADJUSTMENT/JUSTICE card, represents a continuous
action of adjustment, just as a modern person would do at the steering
wheel while driving a motor vehicle.
The Tree of Life Path of Lamed (The Hebrew letter Lamed is on both Adjustment/Justice Card) is also a
teaching process. because the continuous process of maintenance is a
learned process, just as one learns to adjust direction by observation
and the hands-on movement of the steering wheel of a motor vehicle.
Granted, this may be a painful and slow process (as many a parent of a
teenager learning to drive a car will profess) but eventually one learns
to analyze and rebalanced ones self as necessary for different
To those who study the Mysteries, and become more intuned
to the Inner Self, the more subtle and difficult these adjustments
become; just as the more refined the consciousness gets, the less
obvious are the unbalancing minutiae of slightly "off colored"
thoughts. The Ancient Egyptians symbolized this subtlety as weighing
the human soul against a feather. This feather is shown on both the Avant gaurde
art of the Thoth Adjustment Card as a feather cape and on the Spiral Tarot as a feather hanging from the scale. This concept of "right, truth, law and
rectitude" was expressed in a single word, Maat
(also Themis) which was
symbolized as a feather by which the heart (considered the organ of the
Soul) was weighed, upon death. As a Goddess, Maat represented moral law
and truth, a straight edge to measure psyche by and is a personification
of the concept of Maat. Thus both the Crowley card and Kay Steventon's Spiral Tarot Card, have Maat as the central
figure on the ADJUSTMENT or JUSTICE card, crowned with her attribute, the ostrich
feather. (behind the figure in the Spiral Tarot). To keep our psyche on the "straight and narrow" path of purity,
requires a sharp sword indeed, as I for one, need constant pruning!
Adjustment or Justice is at work continuously in
the above, The Greater Universe, and the below, our individual
soul/personality. In the Spiral Tarot this is Key 11 Justice; However it is
numbered, this powerful, natural, equilibrating function occurs in our
bodies, as they balance nutrition continuously to maintain proper
operation as power tools for Spirit. And Adjustment or Justice is also an
equilibrating function that occurs in our personalities, making sure
there are no constant extremes of behavior that keep us from operating
effectively in our environments. In the Personality Adjustment is done
by natural force and reason.
go forward, the Soul is measured when it "stands"in the Divine Light of
the Solar Logos, that is, Tiphareth, the sixth Sephiroth on the Tree
of Life, often called the "Christ Light". Only in this Light (bright and
warm intelligence) does the dual- edged Sword of Geburah, do its work;
pruning away the perspectives which are not worthy of Her Divine Child.
This image of Maat
as presented on the Thoth card, is a suggestion of the Maat
legend as the "Daughter of Ra", relating her to the Sun God
(Tiphareth-Solar Logos). Her Qabalistic name is "Daughter of the Lords
of Truth" while the Egyptians also called her the "Queen of Heaven"..
all of these names pointing to the fact that this Severe Faithful Intelligence
is the regulator of the Path of the Sun
; as the Egyptian texts suggested,
the Sun subsists, for Ra is said to "rest upon Maat" and/or to"live by
Maat". In Qabalistic terms, this means that the principles of the Path
of Adjustment maintain Tiphareth---The Bright and Warm intelligence of
the Solar Logos. Since Ra is known to the Egyptians, as the source of
all Light, the Qabalists know Ra as the Fool or the Path of Aleph, who
is the Source of All Light . This makes it possible to say, that Aleph
rests upon Lamed and that Lamed is the regulator of the Path of the
Divine Life Force. That is also why I teach that "The Solar Husband is
invoked by the Great Womb'". This may startle some men who objectify
women as an object of sexual desire for it is well known to both
Tantrics and practicing Qabalists that the Life Force, and/or "Sex
Energy" is invoked by the Great Female, to regulate, equalize and establish her
Forms. The Form of Him came from the Womb of Her,i.e. "Ra is said to
live by Maat." Therefore, The Lord of Lightning serves the Great Magnetic-Ocean
Mother. To put this simply, The Great One (Kether) became Two, by the
process of Adjusting Knowledge (Chokma) and Understanding (Binah),
thereby, realizing He/She....and thereby established the equilibrium
that produces and maintains all things. The downward
pointing Phallus and testes headdress on the female figure of the Thoth Adjustment
card....attests to this understanding.
Those who Skry this card will not
be unhappy that they did so, even if Geburah wields her sword in quick
bright strokes.the discomfort of emotional burdens, the burdens of
perspectives, just fall away and the skryer feels all "Warm and bright".
are a large compliment of Planets involved in this card. First is
Venus,which rules Libra (the Scales). Mars is related because of the purging forces
of Geburah. The Sun, as stated above, is involved not only because the
Path of Lamed runs from the Sun to Mars, but also because Adjustment
(Justice) must take place in the clear bright light of Truth. Saturn
is exalted in Libra and finally Jupiter which is the planet of Chesed
(Mercy). By acknowledging that Libra is ruled by Venus, is also to
acknowledge that behind Adjustment/Justice stands the Empress, the primary path
of Venus,which is the perfect equilibrium between the forces of
Chokma and Binah. It is interesting to note that the planet Venus refers
to all of the Sephiroth and encompasses every single Sephira on the
Tree of Life. The implications being that Love is the Ultimate Power of
The imagery on the Thoth card is all about "law and
limitation", as symbolized by the throne of spheres and pyramids in
groups of four, behind the Thoth Female figure, She is best described in
Crowley's book: 777, as "The woman justified. By equilibrium and
Self-Sacrifice is the Gate." He goes on to state; "She is the ultimate
illusion which is manifestation: she is the dance, many-colored,
many-willed, of Life Itself. Constantly whirling, all possibilities are
enjoyed, under the phantom show of Space and Time; all things are real,
the soul is the surface, precisely because they are instantly
compensated by this Adjustment. All things are harmony and beauty; all
things are truth because they cancel out."
Crowley understood, that the
Soul, is the Mirror that our image is reflected in and it is by the
Adjustment or Justice of perspectives, that our healing comes from. This may be why
when the medical journals state, "83% of all healing, is by
When the Justice/Adjustment card is thrown during a
reading, the querent is experiencing or will soon experience :
- The making of a
- Judgment and sentencing by a determination of an issue
without appeal on this plane.
- "What you put
out, you get back".
- The Law of action- reaction, where the natural
forces of nature reach a balance within the individual, setting things
- The balancing of opposites.
- Legal issues.
- Being honest with ones self.
- Being fair.
Thank you for your interest, support, and comments. May you live long and prosper!