As we move on to Card 11, which is ‘Justice’, the term in itself is quite self-explanatory. The definition in the Lovecraft system is, again, unique to this particular Deck, and the meanings defined under the Positive and Negative Readings describe how they are unique to this particular interpretation of the Tarot. This point having been made, I start this description (which is described as the ‘Mi-Go’), with a quotation from the reference to the Tarot that I have been using up to this point:
“[T]he Tarot path of Justice would be considered a path… where the individual encounters the consequences of his or her actions. Justice demands balance, adjustment, and… impartiality… [T]he meditator begins to discover the nature of the true, inner self by overcoming the illusory aspects of outer appearances… [J]ustice will prevail. This may well portend a new cycle of equilibrium and harmony… You will receive what is due to you.” (The Tarot Workbook, Nevill Drury).
In encountering the second Card to be represented by a technological race, the question is posed as to whether something such as the Mi-Go would actually have been discussed by The Necronomicon as our religious book? The theory is that the fictional work of Lovecraft was based on him having seen a copy of the ‘blasphemous book’, but that many writers have been influenced by his work, and so, as a result of this, some more fictional ideas have come into our genre since his death*. The idea of the Mi-Go as symbolic has come into our outlook, however, and the HP Lovecraft Tarot uses the idea in order to try to describe its own unique idea of this Card.
Despite this, though, the Mi-Go are described in Mythos literature as being an intelligent race of fungi who exist on the planet Pluto, and who have a high understanding of technology, and are in turn capable of travel through the Stars. Bizarre as this concept may seem, these are the sort of ideas which would have been written about in The Necronomicon, and such belief is part of the beauty of our religion. With this idea, then, being the concept behind the idea of ‘Justice’ in this Deck, the Mi-Go are defined by the Lovecraft Tarot as being representative of the Tarot idea of this concept, and so we have no option other than to go on to define this Card according to the Mi-Go, as They are the subject of the twelfth Card. If the idea of ‘Justice’ is in this Deck, then, defined by the Mi-Go, then we should follow this concept as we define the idea behind this Card and our interpretation of the occult.
“Cosmic travellers, explorers, and observers, the Mi-Go have a view of Time, Space & Spirit which… transcends the… limitations… [of] human consciousness”. What the Lovecraft Tarot means, exactly, in putting this statement in terms of ‘Justice’, we are not completely sure. But if we consider the Western definition of this term, ‘Justice’ is often something which is imposed by above; and this statement can, therefore, be interpreted as being representative of a higher force, maybe, imposing systems of authority from above. But this statement continues the idea, defining “limitations… on human consciousness”. Whatever system of ‘Justice’ imposed on one person by another is only subjective to that persons opinion of what they see as being ‘right’, and imposed authority is only subject to how such authority can be enforced, due to that opinion.
But in defining such a statement as to how Western society is structured, the concept of the Mi-Go is one of a mentality where everything is thought of in terms of institutions and established systems of order. In this context the mind of the Mi-Go is totally outside of the concepts of human thought, with Their psychology being a question of that which is something quite alien to human ways of thinking. With this, then, defined as Their way of thinking, as a statement of the Tarot defined to represent human terms, and as successive to previous interpretations, the Mi-Go “represent that… element which must be introduced for… social progress.” The idea of ‘Justice’ with the Lovecraft Tarot, then, would be a concept concerning the progress of society, as regards institutions and ordered systems of thinking.
In concluding this main statement concerning Card 11 as a concept regarding the religious ideas pertaining to the religious system here defined, the Lovecraft Tarot concludes by saying that such an element “does not… need to be aliens from outer space – although that is… the most popular form… that indolent people are waiting to receive enlightenment from, rather than going out and seizing it by their own actions.” The Lovecraft Tarot here comes back to the idea, discussed above, that whilst the Mi-Go may perhaps not be part of The Necronomicon (although we cannot be exactly sure of this), Mythos literature can be studied as representative within a context of esotericism which is something quite seriously more bizarre than what is usually termed as being the ‘orthodox approach to religious belief’.
POSITIVE READING: In questioning whether such a thing as the Mi-Go actually exist, as the question is discussed in the statement above, it is our view that if The Necronomicon discusses a race of intelligent fungi on Yuggoth (the planet Pluto*), then such an entity does actually exist. The idea described in this system of the Tarot, is, however, more conceptual, with the Mi-Go representing outlooks more psychological, with the esoteric angle being less important where we define the idea of ‘Justice’ in terms of the occult.
Ideas of “Intellectual challenge; learning, studies; school, teacher, academics” are discussed under the Positive definition of this Card. These ideas would be something that would not usually apply to Card 11 under most systems of the Tarot, but with the Lovecraft Deck the idea is more representative of a mentality and an outlook. The Mi-Go are another socialist entity within our system of belief*, and to Them the structure behind institutions, for example schools, are how They consider life to be ‘Just’. This as a form of psychology, then, is how we should look at the meaning behind this Card.
“Social sciences” are defined, as is the term “justice” in itself. As a unique definition, to be represented by the Lovecraft Tarot, this is again different from that of other systems of the Tarot. “[H]onourable action; law, courts; etiquette [and] protocol” are defined, with this continuing with the idea of the concept of the Mi-Go representing the institutions of state being the higher form of what They consider ‘Justice’. It should be stated here, though, that in the actual context of a Reading, then these terms should be considered in terms of human understanding, with issues such as legality and court cases presumably coming out as being successful, even if on a longer term basis than what we at first expect.
The Positive definition with this Card is productive in this statement, then, as it ends by defining issues which will come into our lives, which will in turn be of help to us if we will allow them to. It concludes the statement in predicting involvement from an “Advocate, guardian; chivalry, champion, defender; sanctuary [and] protection”. These short statements here continue the idea the idea of ‘Justice’ within such terms as have been defined, and represent a situation whereby people will side with us if we have to deal with systems of authority and power.
NEGATIVE READING: This definition is the same as with the context in which we have defined most of this Card already, with the Lovecraft system of Tarot being an accurate system, despite being totally different from any other Deck. “Intellectual indolence” is defined, as well as a “blind & uncritical acceptance of data [and] dubious information.” In this we come across symptoms in society which relate to the opposite of what is ‘Justice’, with these issues being some of the symptoms in society which lead to unjust authority and inequality as parts of everyday life.
The psychological issues around abuse of authority or status are represented by the Mi-Go, again, and the Tarot warns us of a situation involving “Totalitarianism, chauvinism; ‘The end justifies the means’”. These are just a few of the mental assumptions which lead to the abuse of power, and Card 11 in this system actually goes as far as to define the issue of “injustice” as something that will play a part in our lives. “Prejudice & partiality” is forecast as something that will also play a part, as “lack of social grace” is also defined as being an issue.
The ‘Justice’ Card ends with a statement as to the negative side of human personality, and if drawn as part of a Reading, Card 11 defines “Cowardice, treachery; inequity, improbity [and] lack of principal”. Where these statements come into play as regards the idea of ‘Justice’, as it relates to the individual, again we are not exactly certain. But if our system of the Tarot defines these issues under the definition of Card 11, then it is ours to consider such statements as being religious, to us who regard The Necronomicon as being our religious book, and the HP Lovecraft Tarot as being the most direct statement as to what this book says, before actually reading the ‘blasphemous book’ in itself.
The concept of ‘Justice’ is quite strange when interpreted under Western philosophical thinking, but if seen as being defined under these terms, an approach to the concept is described by the Lovecraft system as being defined in these statements of meaning. If these definitions are how we define our belief in what is ‘Justice’, then we begin to establish a system of religious belief according to the greater system that is represented when we worship the Great Old Ones. All religions have their own dogmas, and now we begin to establish our own.
* A note should be made at this point, that it is our belief that what differentiates Lovecraft as a writer, is that he had actually seen a copy of The Necronomicon. Whilst many writers have been directly influenced by his work, the factual nature of his writing, may not be represented by some of the horror which has been written since his death.
* As a point of interest, it is thought by those who study these religious ideas, that planet Pluto was known to exist, and was called ‘Yuggoth’ many years before it was known to astronomy. This supports our belief in the validity of The Necronomicon as religious truth.
* Some of the ideas discussed under the ‘Great Race of Yith’ also apply in this context, although the Mi-Go should be considered something entirely different.