Linda Cohen's Luminous Lotus Blog

Sunday, December 09, 2007


Card Number Eight in the Traditional Tarot

Photo taken by Linda on a trip to Delphi, Greece in October 2006
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Card number eight –turned on its side, an infinity symbol- in the traditional Tarot is Justice, sometimes called Balance. Most typically Justice is portrayed as the glyph of a woman holding the cosmic scales, weighing the two sides, balancing extremes, blindfolded, without judgment nor distraction She measures the tides of change, the only constant in the Universe, the law of motion. Everything is in luminous motion, ebbing, flowing, flowering, shifting, so there is never stasis in The Absolute.

Karma. Action. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. All in Creation is ever changing, flowing, attempting to balance extremes and return to the illusory ideal of a center point of balance, equilibrium. That Justice is a woman suggests She is fair and She is most able to do her mission of creating balance within The Cosmic Law.

In The Secret Dakini Oracle by Nik Douglas and Penny Slinger, card number eight is represented as Kumari, The Living Goddess, “signifying perfect balance through positive channeling of power, culminating in spiritual evolution.” Kumari is an aspiration we all may have…to alchemically blend the facets of ourselves -mental, emotional, spiritual and physical- so that we may embody our “highest” (most loving and compassion) Selves in the evolutionary process of moving toward enlightenment. Toward genuine compassion. As enlightened Beings we may experience the Oneness that WE ARE.