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XXI / XIV = .666...

There is an allegory implicit in the ranking of virtues should One choose to recognize the iconography of Justice & Strength as indicative of the zodiacal houses Libra & Leo. To the alchemists of the day these associations would not have been too obscure to consider, nor their relationship with Lead (Saturn) & Gold (Sun) insofar as Saturn finds its exaltation in Libra and Leo is the Realm of the Sun. Being switched in their zodiacal order, the Ruler of Gold has replaced Justice - the only point (11) where her scales balance the major arcana: 10 on one side, 10 on the other, and Zero - but he is a Fool and of no account.

The deck is thereby flawed in the same way as Humanity, where our medium of material exchange takes precedence to the balance of a Just society: Strength making might right when Lead is exalted in the Realm of the Sun. A state of affairs some call Babylon.

Yet we have the capacity to rectify injustice and restore Balance to this cycle - a path revealed once that flaw is acknowledged. Only then may Strength & Justice be put in their proper place and Humanity find redemption through Temperance.

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