Originally Posted by lad
I just begun reading tarot and was doing a reading for a coworker yesterday, i used the 9-card past present-future spread, as it is the one i can most easily read for now. The thing is, justice reversed came up in the past, as well as the four of swords, suggesting a stay in the hospital (her mother had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and had the tumor removed). I was wondering, could justice reversed mean her feeling as it it wasen't fair for her mother? (her mother had been to the doctor a few times to check the lump and he told her it was only a cist, until she got a mammogram done)
There are a number of ways people read reversals. Yes it could mean what you said. If that is the way you use reversals.
For me, the way I use reversals, I take them to mean that the energy of the card is trying to assert itself, but there is something blocking it from doing so. That means, if the outcome is something the person desires, you can do more readings to see how to remove the blockage and help that outcome become reality sooner. Or if it is something the person does not wish to happen, it gives them an awareness that things are heading in that direction and then they can do more readings on how to avoid it. Clearly justice falls in the category of something we would want to happen.
OR, the way I use reversals, they can mean that what the upright card predicts will happen but there will be a delay.
So to make a long story short... It could mean that there was a feeling that things were not fair at the time, in the past. But also that the universe is working on righting/correcting that.
Either there is something blocking the person from seeing the justice of it, perhaps her attitude or views on what is fair need reexamining. Perhaps he/she needs to find a new way of looking at the situation that would help things feel more just.
Or perhaps just that things have not seemed fair in the past, but in time if they are patient, justice will be served and things will work out for the best.
Hope that makes sense and helps in some way.
PS and yes, the artwork of the deck you chose will add in much more meaning to the reading.