Card of the Day: Adjustment

11-Adjustment082815No figure appears in this card, just a set of symbols which can assist you in understanding justice, or in making adjustments. A scale sits on top of a transparent cube. On one side of the scale is glowing light, and on the other a white feather. Inside the transparent cube sits a mysterious and impossible shape and a sword which rests upon the inside of the cube and casts a shadow.

The scales are the scales of the judgement of the Egyptian Goddess Maat, who judged the souls of the dead before either admitting them to the afterlife or feeding them to a hungry crocodile. Only if your soul was as light as a feather would you be granted admission to the afterlife. This encourages us to “keep it light” when judging ourselves or others. The sword and its shadow form a right-angle triangle, the basis for the Pythagorean theorum, and referring obliquely to Pythagorus, one of the grandfathers of Western mysticism. Pythagorus was not just a mathematician, but a well-rounded philosopher and adept of the natural sciences. This is an indicator that justice, or the adjustment we seek when a problem has come up, is well rounded and informed on all sides.

The strange shape inside the cube, which can stand for the cube of truth, is called the devil’s pitchfork illusion. It is an impossible shape to build in the real world, but possible to draw. The devil’s pitchfork can indicate a paradox. On the one hand, it’s a shape that cannot exist in the real world, and on the other hand, it exists in an ideal world. No Adjustment on the earthly plain is perfect. Like an ideal shape that can be conceptualized but not actually touched, justice is an imperfect science.

The question to ask when justice is called for is “What can I do for the greatest good of all?” When you do this, make sure that you are included in that all. When you draw this card, you are asked to make adjustments in order to bring balance to your experience and the ecosystem in which you find yourself.

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