The entity associated with this card represents Karma. Position eight of the Tarot is normally taken by the Strength card. One may suggest that it does take strength to bring proper justice to the world. The symbolism here is the Devouring Serpent and the Scales of Justice. Karma is needed to attain Universal Equilibrium.
The Devouring Serpent represents Time, but also the Circle of Life. The Demiurge, (Satan) is that force which brings time here and therefore death. Life though, is reborn in the Material Plane due to other forces of nature. When one seeks the lower forces, one looks externally. When one seeks the higher forces, one looks internally.
There are said to be forty-two Ethereal Judges that deal with Karma. These can be contacted by drawing a hexagram joined into a cube. One then stands within it with arms outstretched. Moving the arms up and down, vocalize, “NI, NE, NO, NU, NA.”. This imitates the Scales of Justice and invokes the Judges, who credit those doing the Great Work.
The Caduceus has had lots of meanings. It is also known as the Staff of Hermes. The Wings and the Serpents represents the receiving Knowledge to create either Good or Evil. The Sun and Moon are symbolic of True and False. The Caduceus has been used by many trades. The circle at the top has a “33” which represents the Guild Members.
In esoteric knowledge, it is not a staff, but the brain stem. The circle is the Pineal Gland. The Wings and Serpents are the Two Witnesses who are messengers of the entities of Justice. One is positive, the other negative. These ‘opposites’ entwine in a Holy Eight, symbolizing Infinity. The soul’s journey is to create Universal Equilibrium.
Symbology on the Card: A woman sits on a dais with Three Steps. These steps represent the worlds of the Body, the Mind and the Soul. These are the Third, Fourth and Fifth dimensions. On her head is a Crown with two feathered plumes. These are the two Witnesses, later mentioned in the Book of Revelation 11: 3 – 6.
A Sword in one hand for punishment, Scales in the other for Balance. The Devouring Serpent Ring below is the Circle of Life in the Material Plane. The Combined Ring above is the symbol of togetherness of the Solar and the Lunar Minds. One decides their path consciously.
Card Meaning: “Everything in life is a pretty even struggle between Good and Bad, and that every Action brings in its wake, a re-action, thus forcing us to be most cautious in our thoughts and undertakings.”