The JUSTICE card in El Gran Tarot Esoterico is yet a another departure from the norm. Instead of the standard woman clad in red with upright sword and Libra scales, Maritxu Guler has inserted The Judgement of King Solomon.
To settle a dispute between two mothers claiming a baby as their own, King Solomon decides to slice the baby in half. One of the women encouraged the action while the true mother renounced her claim to save the baby’s life and was awarded the child.
This adds a layer of complexity to the Justice card. King Solomon couldn’t solve the dispute based on testimony, so he found a way for the truth to manifest from the witnesses themselves.
There are 4 characters in this Justice card: King Solomon, the baby, and the two women who are not depicted. The querent (or the query) is most likely these two unseen mothers, of two minds on a specific issue. The astrological sign of Cancer on the upper righthand side shows a kind of emotional codependency of these two minds, seeking the drama more than the answers. (Of course this could easily stand for two people.)
This card could be asking what event will finally inspire the truth to surface? Is there something/someone we are laying claim to that we need to release?
A reversal of this card could be saying that no truth can surface in a given situation; a statement is false; or that we have no claim on what’s desired.
Here’s an excerpt of the Judgement of King Solomon from the bible:
1 Kings 3:16-28
16 Now two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him.
23 The king said, “This one says, ‘My son is alive and your son is dead,’ while that one says, ‘No! Your son is dead and mine is alive.’”
24 Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king. 25 He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.” 26 The woman whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!” But the other said, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!”
27 Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.”
28 When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.