As this card follows the traditional symbolism and carries
above all its obvious meanings, there is little to say
regarding it outside the few considerations collected in the
first part, to which the reader is referred.
It will be seen, however, that the figure is seated between
pillars, like the High Priestess, and on this account it
seems desirable to indicate that the moral principle which
deals unto every man according to his works-while, of
course, it is in strict analogy with higher things-differs
in its essence from the spiritual justice which is involved
in the idea of election.
The latter belongs to a mysterious order of Providence, in
virtue of which it is possible for certain men to conceive
the idea of dedication to the highest things. The operation
of this is like the breathing of the Spirit where it wills,
and we have no canon of criticism or ground of explanation
concerning it. It is analogous to the possession of the
fairy gifts and the high gifts and the gracious gifts of the
poet: we have them or have not, and their presence is as
much a mystery as their absence.
The law of Justice is not, however, involved by either
alternative. In conclusion, the pillars of Justice open into
one world and the pillars of the High Priestess into