Card of the Day – Adjustment


With this card, we are half-way through the study of the major arcana of the tarot. Adjustment sits at the center of the deck, balancing not only the items on the scale, but the set of trump cards as well. There come times in business and in life when you need to pay attention to the ideals of justice and do what is for the greatest good of all. When you draw this card it’s a signal that you need to pay attention to the adjusting force of justice. Read on to see how you might use this card to help you out of a sticky situation.

The Card:

No figure appears in this card, just a set of symbols which can assist you in making judgements, or 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 sit 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 refering obliquely to Pythagorus, one of the grandfathers of Western mysticicism. 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.

Correspondences of the card:

Card number: 11.

11 is a prime number. No other numbers can be multiplied together to get this number. The number is unique like every situation in which adjustment is required. If you add the digits, you get 2, which is the number of the high priestess card, who, if you remember, is the librarian of the collective unconscious. The high priestess can help us here, because we often need to consult the intuitive realms to make the best decision.

Zodiac or Planetary association: Libra

Almost everything about the astrological sign Libra is about balance and regulation. Libra is associated with the Autumnal equinox, the time when the days and nights are of equal length. Libra is also associated with the kidneys, the organs in the body that regulate the system by filtering toxins. This is much like the filtering of filtering the experiences in life so that balance can be maintained in the living system.

Symbols unique to the card:

There are a couple of symbols unique to this deck that will also help you. 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.

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