Is it really Thursday already? As we reach today, we come up against Lady Justice. Sitting right in front of us with a fixed stare and no emotion, her body language can make most people feel just the slightest bit uncomfortable.
Within the context of the New Mythic Tarot by Juliet Sharman Burke, Justice is played by Athene. In this image, she holds an upright sword, a set of scales and has an owl perched on her shoulder. The floor is in black and white. There are no mid-shades with this woman.
Athene is the daughter of Zeus. However, due to a prophesy (of which there are many in Greek Mythology), Zeus was warned that any child he had with Athene’s mother would be more powerful than he. To combat this, he swallowed Metis before she gave birth. However, Zeus eventually became tormented by a terrible headache. His head was split open with a bronze axe and out sprang Athene, dressed in full armour. She quickly became Zeus’s favourite. Even though a warrior, Athene’s battles derived from principle and the desire to uphold and preserve the truth.
For today, this card suggests that we look at the world through the eyes of Lady Justice. This is not a time for an emotional response; should you have a decision which needs making, this card suggests that your approach should be both rational and impartial.
Justice judges by the facts within a situation. In certain scenarios, this may seem a little harsh. As you move forward today, think about the consequences of everything you say and do. Although they may have little bearing on what happens this week, the energies of this card will either reward you for the good or reprimand you for the bad in time to come. Athene reminds us that where we sit now how has everything to do with our past words and actions. How does what you say and do today affect your future?
Illustration from New Mythic Tarot by Giovanni Caselli, published by Connections.