There are a number of ways in which to be right.
We can insist that we’re right and be aggressive in the manner in which we take that power. We can argue and pontificate on all the different reasons that we’re right, and attempt to back up our points so that we make perfect sense. We can instinctively feel that we’re right, and have a knowingness about it down to the marrow of our bones, or we can base our rightness on facts and precedents, rules and laws.
All 4 ways are common, and not one of them is necessarily wrong… or right. When we find ourselves in a place however, of grasping tightly to our own opinions, we end up sacrificing some awareness.
We all fancy ourselves virtuous, honorable, moral and scrupulous in different ways; we know what we know, we think what we think.
The Justice Card in Tarot challenges us to reevaluate those things.
Are we right? Do we know? Is what we think, actually true?
Justice would like us to do a fact check before we make any huge proclamations. Because sometimes we just aren’t right even if we’re sure we are, and sometimes being right just isn’t as important as we may think it is in the moment.
Justice requires us to assume responsibility for those times. Justice nudges us to develop an understanding of cause and effect and encourages us to weight all the options and to be impartial about what we find. Justice says “Real power can be found in acknowledging truth, even if it isn’t our own”.
When we step outside of any tightly held perspective and look for what else is out there, we find more freedom. It doesn’t mean we have to agree with things we don’t like, but if we tune into our awareness of the situation as a whole, we see all the moving parts instead of just our narrow little view point.
In order to see the bigger picture, we can ask ourselves: What are my motivations for needing to be so right?
Likely our answers will have to do with old belief structures that include words like “respect” and “power” and “fear”. It’s good to examine those structures and try to understand how they originated. If you need to be right, so that someone will respect you, or so that you won’t feel fear, it’s more fruitful to work with that (the actual issue) instead of the symptom (“being right” as a form of self defense).
Being right can be really empowering, and it can feel good. But if it comes at the expense of your own sanity (or the sanity of those around you), then it becomes a burden. Justice asks you to zoom out a bit and see that "Universal Order" may not look exactly the way you think it should, and that’s okay.
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