Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Justice Tarot Archetype Of Our Time…

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Justice Tarot Archetype Of Our Time

Ruth Bader GInsburg — also known as the ‘Notiorious RBG’ — has left our physical plane. When asked whether she approved of the comparison to rapper, Biggie Smalls, she happily conceded that they indeed had a lot in common.

And, this is why she was larger than life. She got along well with everyone — and this was never more true than with her fellow Supreme Court Justices, forging deep friendships even as she took them to school with her critical and often dissenting opinions.

She was a true Justice archetype — one of the most pure and exalted that written history has ever seen. Her logic and judgment, and, personality, were all perpetually rooted in compassion.

Biddy Tarot explains of the Justice card, upright– which she most certainly was, morally upright — as:

“The figure of Justice sits in front of a loosely hung purple veil, signifying compassion, and between two pillars, similar to those framing the High Priestess and the Hierophant, which symbolise balance, law and structure.

She holds a sword in her right hand, showing the logical, well-ordered mindset necessary to dispense fair justice. The sword points upwards – expressing a firm and final decision – and the double-edged blade signifies that our actions always carry consequences. The scales in her left (intuitive) hand, show intuition must balance that logic and are a symbol of her impartiality. Justice wears a crown with a small square on it representing well-ordered thoughts, and a red robe with a green mantle. A little white shoe pops out from beneath her clothing as a reminder of the spiritual consequences of your actions.”

Although rightfully revered as a feminist icon, Ginsburg was indeed a stellar example of an integrated male and female archetype (the Justice card is alternately conceived as male and female).

If Carl Jung was describing her he would probably designate her as one of the very select few in this phase of human evolution who had fully integrated their Anima and Animus, and point to the great heights (and, the difficult and hard work it takes to achieve what) such a feat can lift one to.

A lot of calls for female leadership in the wake of her death are understandable but we must remember her for her extraordinary character, fair judgement, and compassion and not just for her gender.

No, we don’t need men to sit this next phase of evolution out — nor do we need to defer to women solely based on their gender. We have some balancing out to do internally first and foremost.

Let us remember and honor RBG for her stability, her compssion-driven logic, her impenetrable sense of Justice; and, let people of all sorts seek to emulate this strong archetype into our own character.

In the wake of her absense, there is a lot of sadness and mourning. However, a sense of hopelessness such as this can become a contagion; and, that would be no surprise given the year we have collectively experienced with its various disappointments.

According to Simply Tarot on the Justice card:

“The Subject may be dealing with the legal aspects of a situation, possibly looking at contracts or progressing through a system/process to achieve something. The Subject will be hoping for a fair conclusion.

Whilst this situation continues, they need to keep their emotions in check. The Subject has strong opinions about what is happening and the way they have been treated. The only way to resolve this situation is by remaining as objective and impartial as they possibly can. No matter how unjust they think things are and no matter how overwhelming the Subject’s emotional reaction is, only reflective thinking will yield the right result.

In a similar way to the Suit of Swords, Justice refers to the mental ability of the Subject, and the extent to which they can control their feelings through the power of rational thought. They need to refrain from reacting emotionally long enough to make the right and appropriate set of decisions.”

This describes no one if it does not first and foremost describe Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

And further, it gives a great framework for those of us who hope to follow her path of integration of Logos and Pathos, of Anima and Animus.

Good luck!


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Dr. Courtney Parker


Dr. Parker holds a PhD in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia, where she previously earned a…

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