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The Justice card in a reading is one of the more ‘feared’ cards in the deck.

There is an overarching concern that it can indicate that there will be some kind of negative repercussions, or perhaps even legal issues in your future. While this can be true, as Justice does symbolize in some forms the legal system or the fine-tuning of business; something else to consider is that the Justice card lays everything out for you exactly as you have prepared for it too. In essence, the Justice card best illustrates the just Law of Compensation: that which you put out you will receive back tenfold. Therefore, ask yourself questions, weigh out the pros and cons of any situation, and be sure that you are making decisions with integrity so that you can make the most informed decision possible.

The image of the Justice Card in the Rider-Waite Deck is shown sitting on his throne in a red gown (symbolic of desire and action) holding the Sword of Justice which represents action and in his other hand, he holds the scales, symbolizing balance. In this, if your life is feeling off balance or out of control, Justice exists to tell you that now is the time for things to come to balance. Those that have wronged you will get their just reward and so shall you if you have wronged anyone.

If you lead a positive, good life, then Justice will have no negative effect for you. Any negativity that your current circumstances accrue is representative of the action of swiping the plate clean so as to bring your situation back to neutral. Balance and sound judgment are necessary now. Investigate the key aspects of your situation and then choose what actions to take that are fair and honest. One should never try to swindle when the Justice card is transiting them, the sword will just as quickly swipe down on you as it will anyone else who is not acting according with the interest of their higher self.

Each of us has within us a range of emotions that should be used as a code of ethics, a way of appropriating action. When you have mental balance then you experience tranquility, you know the right way to behave. Now is the time to be decisive because the Justice causes you to be touched in the heart and in the spirit. Inspiration is available to you now, swift and focused.

Justice in Love

When the Justice card shows up in reference to love there is a promise that one's needs will be met and if there are those that are behaving negatively or against the caliber of your relationship then they will be met by the sword of Justice. Therefore if you are concerned that your partner is cheating on you, Justice will bring this out in the open. On the other side, if you are cheating on your partner or being deceitful, the Justice card will cause your actions to come out in the open as well. If you are acting the part, and being a good person in your relationship then you will get your just rewards.

Justice As Feelings

The justice card is positive in regards to how someone feels about another. It can mean that they have found a soul mate but they are trying to stay balanced. 

The feelings are normally balanced about love - and they are wondering if the relationship is worth the “time taken” on their part. There is a focus on weighing up of emotions as they can be rather analytical in the approach to internal feelings. 

The justice card is reaping what is sown in life. There is a focus on a person trying to approach a situation with the right intentions but their worried about messing it up. They are trying to hide their lustful emotions and come across as more formal in their approach. So, in essence, they are weighing up various options of a serious relationship. But are all the same cautious?

Justice As Yes Or No

The justice card is a Yes, it is about balancing up the best course of action. This is a time for inner balance and shaping a new founded focus. 

Justice in Health

The key to remember when it comes to Justice is that if you have been treating your body badly, the justice card will run rampant in your life if you do not get your health situated. For example, if you have been indulging in unhealthy habits like eating too much or drinking and doing drugs, the Justice card will come through and try to even the scale again and this can be manifested in the form of an illness, disease or sickness of the lungs and heart. Take this opportunity to remind yourself how to treat your body well, because the Justice card does not give multiple warnings.

Justice in Work and Wealth

In business, if you have filed your paperwork correctly, signed what needs to be signed and have wrapped up all loose ends you will find that the Justice card is kind to you and will serve you greatly by transforming your business venture into something astounding. However, if you have not paid close attention to the legal side of your business venture, then you want to do so now. When the Justice card is present, all moves that are being made are watched and calculated for value. Therefore, make sure that you are walking with integrity in all things, but especially in business.

reversed justice tarot card

Reversed Justice in a reading

The Justice card appears in readings in the reversed position when there is an aspect of your spirit that is unwilling to seek out the meanings behind the events that take place in your life. This means that you are not being wholly honest with yourself about the way that you are treating others or you are trying perhaps become successful by taking advantage. You are missing the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of the lessons in your life and allowing yourself to live by default. If this is the case for you, then consider the fact that you may need to experience some level of injustice for things to right themselves again. The Justice Card’s sole interest is in perpetuating neutral grounds. If you were swept up in this experience and you find that the Justice Card is affecting you negatively, then just prepare yourself to do better next time. If you are expressing yourself in a highly moral way, good in the eyes of Justice then you will reap the benefits of having this guardian at your side. 

Upright Justice Card Meanings in Keywords

  • Legal case or judgement in court
  • Cut to the chase
  • Contracts
  • Legal help

Reversed Justice Card Meanings in Keywords

  • Losing a legal battle
  • Resentfulness
  • Rejection
  • Inability to communicate

The Knight of Cups

You are a dedicated, motivated, emotional, tender, sensitive, and loving person.

Prone to travel and constantly expanding yourself - you are close to family and friends even what would be known as a defender of honor as well as matters of the heart and loyalty. You are the person that everyone goes to for emotional support, and nurturing or loving care. The Knight of Cups is symbolic of a younger kind of love, but one that is greatly enhanced by the ability to take action. The Knight is innocent but is maturing, a student of life, he sacrifices for others in his path for wisdom. This is very much the same for you.

The Knight of Cups is depicted riding on a horse in armor that is not warlike, more artistic. He wears a helmet that has wings; there are signs of a dual sexed nature of Hermes. He carries his cup strongly as he shows up near to a stream. This is a card one should choose to represent a young person with light brown hair and hazel eyes. There is an energy of a youth who is poetic and graceful, a dreamer. He comes charging into your life inviting, proposing. He is a bearer of new messages.

The Knight of Cups is a representative of all things passionate regarding the heart. Moving past the youth of the Page he is capable of experiencing deep emotions and mastering his desires. There is a level of emotional security within this person. There is a great chance that you will be offered some kind of interesting and unexpected invitation, which will push you through an emotional experience that will have an opportunistic end. Your decisions are easy to make and don’t involve a lot of thought.

Whereas the Page of Cups would need to be coached through making the right decisions, the Knight of Cups has learned all of those lessons and has become much more accustomed to handling himself with a level of grace and strength previously unavailable. The Knight of Cups brings out the lover in all of us. He represents Karmic attachment in relationships. The decisions you make are highly evolved for your place in life because you have allowed yourself to learn how to connect with your higher self and higher source energy.

The Knight of Cups is a dreamer, therefore, your life is currently being blessed with the ability to dream and dream big. But unlike the Page who is still trying to figure out how to put things into action, the Knight is well aware of the necessity of momentum in all things. You must become adept at making constant adjustments for yourself; flow in the direction that is being presented that resonates with your inner understanding. Fantasy is always exciting, but you have grown up to know that without reality it means nothing. When you deny your basic attachment to the world, your imagination is incapable of producing anything. Passiveness is something to be aware of, however, as this can be a way for you to deny the temptations that are disturbing your inner peace. Now what you must master is an inability to commit.

The Knight of Cups in Love

The Knight of Cups is able to figure out fantasy versus reality, he has a lust for life. But what he needs to work on is his ability to stay in one place. Sometimes it is necessary to both recognize the importance of movement in order to learn lessons, but one must also learn to understand the benefits of stability in relationships. Sometimes the Knight of Cups is known as the serial dater. The Knight will go from person to person enjoying the experience as well as keeping them from perpetuating.

In a sense, despite their ability to connect with what’s real, they are also afraid of what commitment might feel like. Their fears, however, are based on fantasy, and they need to learn to let that go. If you find that the Knight of Cups is representing you at this time, then you need to begin to ask yourself why it is that you are afraid or uninterested in commitment, and consider what you might get out of such a relationship. And if you happen to be one of the souls who are in love with someone like the Knight of Cups, then you must realize what you are dealing with. If the Knights are capable of pushing back their fears and learning from them, they are beautiful and wonderful lovers. But do not try to push them yourselves, it won’t work. If you are single right now, this is a positive tiding that you have someone lovely coming into your life. Embrace and welcome it when it comes.

Knight of Cups Advice

The knight of Cups is a loving and creative card when it appears in reading regarding advice it points to the power of your own imagination.  Notice how the Knight on this card is represented by a woman playing the violin, she is not on her horse, hence she is not rushing her personal journey, instead, she is using her creativity to find beauty within the present moment. The golden chalice in front of her symbolizes prosperity and opportunity, the rewards of her love and artistry. If you focus on your own compassion and innovative nature, you will be able to overcome obstacles and experience happiness in the now. 

It is a card about consistency, you shouldn’t make harsh or sudden decisions, instead set your intentions and be deliberate. If you are currently experiencing challenges or problems in your life, the Knight of Cups encourages you to look within yourself. 

Knight of Cups Yes Or No

Seeing the Knight of Cups when seeking a yes or no answer is usually a signal in the affirmative. The Knight of Cups is a very positive card, and especially in matters or love or romance, it should be taken as a big yes. 

Occasionally, the Knight of Cups may be perceived as a neutral response - this is due to its dreamy, indeterminate nature. Either way, the Knight of Cups should never be taken as a hard no. Use the context of your question and reading to understand the Knight of Cups presence.

Knight of Cups Past

The Knight of Cups when seen in your past position indicates a good time in your personal history. It may have been a moment of particular serenity or satisfaction, it could also refer to a time you were highly creative and working on a project you found fulfilling. It often also highlights a significant person from your past, particularly a past romantic relationship. Like the eclipsed sun shown on this card, it may have been a powerfully rare and beautiful experience. If you never found resolution in the end of that  relationship, this person may still come back into your life. This card tells you to keep an open heart and extract power from the beautiful moments in your past.

Knight of Cups Present 

When you draw the Knight of Cups in your present position you should prepare to welcome a new person or experience into your life. Something new is coming, it may be unexpected, but it will be enriching. It is up to you to actually seize this new opportunity, be proactive and seek rewarding experiences. On this card the knight is content and blissful, but note that this is a position of her own creation because she is the one providing the soft music which fills the air. You too have the power to enable your own fulfillment, unleash the power of your creative mind and you are sure to feel the benefits. 

Knight of Cups Future and Outcome

This cards alignment with ambition and success is most powerful when seen in the future position. If you have a passion you’ve been thinking about pursuing, then now is the time to do it - this card indicates you will reap the rewards in the future. Draw energy from your passion and inner-flame, a love for your craft will get you much further than strategy and planning alone. Plant your seeds now, and in the future you will see that your hard work has blossomed into something more. 

Knight of Cups Love Reconciliation

If the Knight of Cups appears in your love and reconciliation reading, you should take it as a very positive sign! This card is strongly correlated with feelings of love and tranquility, making it an especially positive card when shown in a spread relating to romance. If you are in a relationship, this card suggests a blissful communion between you and your partner. Now is the perfect time to make big gestures and take leaps of commitment. You have a sincere and loving relationship, things can only get better! 

If you’re single, this card still maintains its romantic flair. In fact, you may be about to encounter your perfect match. They may be just around the corner, but if you’ve already got a person in mind, then this card is prompting you to make your move. If you have a long lost love you’ve never quite forgotten, why not reconnect? When the Knight of Cups is in play, who knows how bright the flame of reconciliation might burn! 

Knight of Cups As Feelings

The Knight of Cups is deeply associated with intense, loving feelings. If you’re trying to understand how a person feels about you then this certainly points in a romantic direction. In fact, they may even be infatuated with you - look at the depiction on this card, the dreamy, sparkling surrounding. Someone is literally seeing stars when they think of you! However, this card also suggests they may be pensive or lost in their feelings - if you feel the same way, they may need you to motivate them into action. Why not confess your own feelings so that they can do the same? 

Knight of Cups As Friendship

Seeing this card in relation to friendship indicates the blossoming of new friendships and the strengthening of existing ones. Like the horse who is a companion to the knight, you will find that your most loyal friends will always stick by your side. Now is the time to reach out to those closest to you and let them know your appreciation for their presence in your life. The Knight of Cups is a loving and affectionate card, so try and move your friendships past small talk or the musings of the every day, instead, open your souls to each other. Your greater honesty will be rewarded with a strong, long-lasting friendship. 

The Knight of Cups Tarot Card Reversed

Knight of Cups Reversed - Love and Romance

When this card appears reversed in a love and romance reading you must prepare to face some difficult truths. Upright, the Knight of Cups signifies love, harmony and imagination - reversed, these meanings are inverted. It may signify the end of a happy chapter within a relationship, or point to the immoral actions of your partner which may later cause you pain. 

Alternatively, it could suggest that you are the one who has turned your back on the relationship; the Knight of Cups reversed is often associated with toxicity. Have you become addicted or obsessed with something unhealthy outside your relationship? It could be anything from alcohol or food to a dangerous friend or a bad habit. It is a sign you should assess your partners decisions and your own, whoever is veering off course will need to right themselves quickly and with dedication. If you are single, this reversed card is still, unfortunately, a bad sign. Look out for potential lovers who may take advantage of your good nature and ensure your feelings are reciprocated before falling head over heels. 

The Knight of Cups in Health

When the Knight of Cups presents itself in your reading about health, you can expect good news as well as a recommendation to get out there and meet new people in order for you to feel grounded in the world.

The Knight of Cups in Work and Wealth

When the Knight of Cups appears in your reading there is a promotion or a bonus in your future in your work situation. The knight offers positive tidings of progress and forward motion in work situations, as well as the possibility to get out on your own and start a new venture if that is what you are looking to do at this time.

Reversed Knight of Cups in a reading

The Knight of Cups in the reversed position is telling you that it is important to look before you leap, for the main reason of understanding all that is out there. There are half-truths in every conversation, and if you are looking for a way out you are going to find it regardless. Therefore you need to be honest with yourself and with your partner (both in business and in romance) and express what it is that you want and what you do not want. Look before you leap - get the whole picture - half-truths can promote difficulties in any relationship. Feeling only what is pleasurable and striving to perpetuate that experience is a shallow way to live that will not appease you in the long term. Consider what you are making your reality. If you are detached from your intuition you will not be happy until you reconnect.

Knight of Cups reversed - Family and Home

The Knight of Cups is not necessarily a domestic card, but it is certainly centered around love and harmony - that’s why when it is reversed in a family and home reading it can highlight turbulence within the familial home. This tension is likely to result in brooding resentment and unspoken quarrels. 

Communication is the best answer to resolving your current situation - speaking openly and honestly with your family may be difficult, but it will ultimately lighten the resentments which are currently burdening your hearts and impeding your relationships. Don’t let either shame or pride stop you, or any other family member, from saying what needs to be said. 

Knight of Cups Reversed - Work and Finances

The Knight of Cups reversed in a work and finance reading is an indication of missed opportunity or career dissatisfaction. While the knight plays her violin peacefully in the upright version of this card when reversed that music strains off key, no longer harmonious. 

You too have somehow lost your way; perhaps you have stopped following your true passion, or allowed fear to stop you from seeking golden opportunities. It can also suggest you are currently experiencing a toxic work environment and not being paid fair compensation for your hard work. This reversed card advises you to chase your ambitions, and with immediacy. If you are in a job which is leaving you creatively or financially stunted, now is the time to move on. If you fail to do so you may feel trapped in a cycle of dissatisfaction and resentment. 

Knight of Cups Reversed - Health and Wellness

When the Knight of Cups is reversed in a health and wellness spread it usually points to someone who is on the brink of illness. It may be due to a weakened immune system from overworking, and in particular, cases may highlight a substance abuse problem. It can mean your body has lost its natural balance. To restore it you should look at nourishing yourself inside and out. Give yourself time to rest, eat well, and do gentle exercise if you are able. Remember that your physical and spiritual self is intrinsically connected, you must look after your health in all areas of your life. 

Knight of Cups Reversed - Personal Spirituality

Upright, the Knight of Cups is a card full of intuition and openness, this is in addition to its link to exceptional talent. This does not mean that when it appears reversed in a spiritual reading you are not intuitive or talented, conversely, it may suggest that you have these abilities but they are blocked somehow. 

You are letting key spiritual experiences slip you by. You may even have become overly obsessed with anticipating the future, whether through psychic readings or endless thinking. To resolve this obsession you should spend more time living in the moment and connect with the spirituality and power of the present. 

Upright Knight of Cups meanings in keywords

  • Man or women under the age of 40
  • Dark hair and eyes
  • Invitation to love
  • Marriage proposal
  • New job invitation
  • Faithfulness

Reversed Knight of Cups meanings in keywords

  • Double partner
  • Ruining relationship
  • Intense emotions
  • Mystification
  • Melancholy

The Five of Swords

If you have received the Five of Swords in your reading, then you are experiencing evidence at this time that you are having a hard time communicating your ideas to others.

This is the card that is known for ‘writing stories’ in your head that don’t really exist in real life. Really what is happening is you are feeling self-conscious, and you have come up with reasons in your mind to believe that others are out to get you. This is also the card of a pointless battle, one that could have easily been sorted out by communication and understanding, as well as listening to the actual words of those around you instead of guessing or thinking that you know what they are trying to say. Right now, it is becoming difficult to make decisions because you have yourself so tangled in what someone ‘might’ think, when in reality, what they ‘might’ think is none of your business. Anything that is not vocally communicated is painstaking and speculative and is an unhealthy waste of your time.

The image of the 5 of Swords in the deck is depicted with a person who has captured the swords of his adversaries who are leaving, rejected and lost. There are storm clouds in the background. This card shows that you might be the conqueror or the conquered. But neither position has actually won. This battle was pointless, it was unfair and it was full of cowardliness. Basically, this is not one of the higher points of your life. Your inner feelings of inadequacy are weighing down on you heavily and whether you succeeded or lost, you have an unshakable sense of humiliation. Now you must rely even more heavily than normal on your inner voice because others are definitely going to have something negative to say about you. Consider how your thoughts are influencing your daily life. As spiritual creatures, we know that what we think is what we create, so if you are spending most of your time focusing on what someone is thinking or saying about you then how much of this is being created by your own internal machinations?

What you must do at this time is attempt to trust and that you have the wisdom to move passed this unsavory time of your life. Push through the fears that you have created in your mind and fill it up instead with the successes that you wish to accomplish as well as the joys that surround you on a daily level. You must allow yourself to see all of the possibilities all around you instead of coming up with reasons why nothing is going to help you. Cut out all forms of negative thinking and affirm the visualizations that bring you happiness. Trying to make others believe that you are right is not going to help you or change anyone’s mind. You are missing the point, that to have happiness, you must remove all possibilities that exist in your mind that believes that anyone else can make your life right or wrong for you. You are the only person in this equation who actually matters. Ask for spiritual strength to bring you guidance. Your most painstaking dilemma at this time is discovering how to keep the order and discipline in your life as your foundation while also making changes to better your circumstances. Meditate on this and know that your stability is inside of you, you cannot find it anywhere else.

The Five of Swords in Love

When the Five of Swords becomes present in a reading about love or relationships, you are stuck in a cycle of fighting needlessly to get your point across. This is symbolic for those in relationships who spend more time fighting then loving, and in a single person’s life this is representative of unwillingness to learn from past mistakes. You spend so much time worrying about what others think or feel about you that you never get anything done. You must push past this phase for it is a phase that keeps you uninvolved as well as unhappy. The point in love is for you and someone else to be able to express themselves ultimately as equals in the relationship. If you are focusing more on their faults, or they are focusing more on what your faults then neither of you is being productive. You must consider now whether it is worth it to keep fighting in this manner. Right now no one is winning.

The Five of Swords in Health

In Health, the Five of Swords is telling you that you are worrying way too much about the potential of health hazards and diseases. This level of over-worrying is making it impossible for you to experience all that life has to offer. Perhaps you are afraid of letting this go, because you might hurt or injure yourself. But remember: Life is for living, not for staying indoors preoccupying yourself with what MIGHT happen should you go outside. You need to get outside, strengthen your muscles both physically and mentally. Doing so will create a sense of health and wellness that you have only dreamed of.

The Five of Swords in Work and Wealth

The Five of Swords in your Work life is representative of interoffice drama. Currently you are stuck in the little tiny world of your coworkers and there is a negative energy around you that is feeding on itself by promoting gossip and lack of productivity. There is a whole world outside of this small microcosm. Now is the time to break out of this unhealthy routine and push for new experiences that are enlivened with the breath of non-dramatic fun.

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Reversed Meaning - Five Of Swords

When you have received the Five of Swords in the reversed position you are experiencing despair and defeat. Do you see how your mind perpetuates pessimism and doubt? You are stuck in a cycle of believing that nothing good is ever going to happen for you. Therefore you are fighting yourself constantly and losing. The change necessary here does not happen overnight, but it is time for you to let go of what is inhibiting you. Your attachment to ego is overdeveloped and you are becoming passive aggressive due to current situations emulating old ones. You are recreating a history now in which you may be hurt again, specifically because you never let the old go to begin with. You must confront the fear of the old, learn from it and heal or you will continue to perpetuate the same issues over and over again in a never ending cycle of misery.

Upright Five of Swords Meanings in Keywords

  • Selfishness
  • Feeling trapped in hostility
  • Looking after yourself
  • Gloating
  • Going for the win
  • Rejecting advice
  • Self-centred

Reversed Five of Swords Meanings in Keywords

  • Lack of order
  • Lack of commitment
  • Toxic relationships
  • Choosing a side
  • Conflicts and fights
  • Acting immoral
  • Misguidance