Great Arcana – Tarot Interpretations
0 – The Fool I I – The Magus I II – The Priestess I III – The Empress I IV – The Emperor I V – The Hierophant I VI – The Lovers I VII – The Conqueror I VIII – The Witness I IX – The Hermit I X – The Wheel of Fortune I XI – Passion I XII – The Hanged Man I XIII – Death I XIV – Art I XV – The Devil I XVI – The Tower I XVII – The Star I XVIII – The Moon I IXX – The Sun I XX – The Aeon I XXI – The Universe
VIII – The Witness / Justice
“the scales of awareness and harmony”
Symbol: Equilibrium, balance, responsibility
Path of Lamed: Geburah – Tiphareth
Archetype: Ma’at, Themis/Nemesis
Ma’at or equilibrium/balance is more of a principle than an archetype with set form. It is a term or definition that can never exist.
As well as perfection, balance is an utopic condition we always pursue and never can reach. It is the space in between all things, or the force that drives everything, without being tangible. The cosmos pursues balance as well, so that justice in this context is the reliable law of karma or, in other words, the sentient cosmos searching for balance within itself.
There is no executor, no judge or wise gods who convict us for our sins after death, only us who decide on a subliminal level what we need to be rebalanced between the things we allowed to dominate in our lives.
So we „adjudge“ ourselves with reincarnation just to graduate the inner scale. Even enemies, predators or foes are people we have chosen to help us outweigh the karma.
That’s the reason I didn’t draw a judging character, but just Anubis as guardian, guide or witness.
Ma’at in definition does not exist, but there is always a conscious part of the universe (or within us) which surveys the laws of equation and witnesses the scales. In times of evident injustice – in your life, the world or the cosmos – this subliminal voice of equilibrium can be channeled and might explain the higher context of our suffering or situation and how to get out.
Balance can be represented by every archetype, god or person. It is not good nor bad, but simply serves its purpose.
The true inner will always accords to the basic law of balance in the universe. Since this is the law which decides if an act succeeds, true will in action would never fail in any circumstance. Clouded views and misguided action on the other hand would lead to chaos and imbalance, self-judgment or, in other words, just into a new cycle.
This very act of judgement is always the moment when the head of the serpent (Ouroboros) meets its own tail.
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