From the Hermit to Justice
Updated: Sep 23, 2020
September 23 is when we move in astrology from Virgo to Libra, which in Tarot, is a movement from The Hermit to Justice. The Hermit asks us to turn away from the group and listen to our inner wisdom. We call on this inner wisdom as we move through Justice.
In the Rider-Waite deck we see that, though the figure of Justice is seated atop a stone throne, the tapestry behind the figure is flimsy and pulling away. Much like the Wizard of Oz, begging us not to look behind the curtain, there is more to Justice than we might initially assume.
When we consider the word justice, we almost instinctively react to the abundance of apparent injustices. This year of COVID, Black Lives Matter, and our upcoming national and local elections, have put a spotlight on the inadequacies of our healthcare, childcare and criminal systems.
The reality is that all of our lives are most directly shaped by our capitalist system. Its gods are shareholders, to which offerings must be made in the form of profits. Profits demand deficits. Even if a corporate entity includes the well-being of stakeholders (employees, communities, the environment) in its balance sheet, financial profits will always come first. This is Justice for capitalism.
What would an S&P Forest 500 system look like? If 500 forests were able to make decisions that impacted the world for the primary benefit of forests, what would that mean? Perhaps since humans offer little profit the forest's interests, we would be downsized and off-shored. Perhaps the value of deserts and oceans would plummet.
The point is, the work we do in Justice is not meant to balance what feel is fair. Our opinions of good and bad, our opinions of right and wrong do not empower us to deal with what is. Though I myself may favor a Forest 500, we live in this wold now. When we acknowledge what is present without judgement, then we can begin to make decisions that impact reality. That is the medicine of Justice.
We can see that without radical change in our actions, climate change will continue to cause radical extinctions. Without dramatic changes to our healthcare systems, we will continue to exhaust its capacities and our responses to this and future health crisis will cripple us. Without radical changes to how we, as a society, manage capital, profit will only be measured in dollars. Such continued profits will continue to demand losses for the entire planet.
Justice is not bling. Justice is the opposite of willful blindness.
When we take stock of our lives individually today on this equinox, we are not served by wishing things were as they are not. In the northern hemisphere, our nights will become longer and darker. What can we draw from the dark areas of our consciousness? In the balance sheet of our own estimation, what is of greatest priority? What must we sacrifice in order to achieve our own profit margins? Have those choices aligned us with what is in our highest and best? If there is an imbalance, how are we reacting?