Justice

(Lust in the Crowley/Harris Thoth deck)

Justice:  Kett's Oak Justice is the eleventh card in the major arcana and correspondingly takes the Hebrew letter Kaf, equivalent to K or Kh in the European alphabet. The astrological sign for the card is Leo. 11 is 1+1 =2 and twos often indicate a reunion or reconciliation. Twos also indicate partnership whether in business or domestic life. Often they also indicate surprise, or a waiting period followed by partial success with more to follow. They key to interpretation is to understand the relationship of cause and effect in the situation in question and the working of destiny. The emphasis, especially in affairs of the heart, is on quality rather than quantity.

A move of home or occupation may be indicated, or travel, although it should be said that a holiday or time away from home will not quell the feeling of restlessness; a permanent move is required. This is the end of one cycle and the beginning of another. Others may give the queirant a sense of insecurity or vulnerability; in work it may be that someone, probably a superior, makes you feel that your work is inadequate or does not appreciate your efforts. If problems need to be resolved, you are the one to resolve them. Even so, although financial, emotional and other problems will be resolved, something will remain up in the air. You may be troubled by an outstanding issue in business but find that you have no alternative but to wait it out.

The figure of Justice in a conventional pack sits even-handedly between the pillars of mercy and punishment. She sees all the facts and holds a balance and a sword. She does not allow mercy and temptation to sway her.

It would be difficult to find such an even-handed mediaeval court or a tree associated with it. I therefore chose Kett's oak in Hethersett to represent justice. Kett was wealthy but he led a rebellion among the poor against the injustice of the enclosures.

The town of Falmouth, in Cornwall, illegally celebrated the life of Saint Thomas Becket on the weekend of 6 July 1549. The anger of the townspeople against the enclosure of common land boiled over and they started ripping down enclosures in the nearby village of Morley St. Botolph. They then moved on to John Flowerdew's estate. Flowerdew bribed the people into ripping down Robert Kett's enclosures instead (Robert Kett of Wymondham b. 1492). Kett himself had been a tanner and was wealthy, owning the manor at Wymondham. However, rather than get rid of the protesters, Kett ended up leading the remainder of the rebellion, in the "Norfolk Rising".

Kett's Oak stands at the village end of a lay-by half a mile before Hethersett on the road from Wymondham, Norfolk, and it is said to be the oak under which Kett addressed the protesters before it marched on Norwich. I therefore make the case that the tree has more to do with justice than any tree representing some partisan mediaeval court of dubious fairness. You might be interested in comparing these notes with the notes on the Judgement card.

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