(i) Thoth Adjustment YouTube Presentation  

This is a YouTube presentation of the Thoth Adjustment Tarot Card on my channel DavidH071. You can click on the image below to start the video.

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(ii) Thoth Adjustment Tarot Card

The Thoth Adjustment Tarot Card card is very much about FREE WILL, choice and the universal action of karmic balancing (Adjustment) with respect to the choices we all make throughout life. Our choices can be from a wide range of possibilities (represented by the alpha and omega of the card) but in order to make the most enlightened choice for us, our actions must be in resonance with our TRUE WILL, which simply put is the main life lesson for which we have incarnated this time.

So it is merging of the free will of us as human beings with the true will of the Soul which has been set up for our particular life purpose.


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(iii) Rider Waite Justice Card

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(iv) Differences between Thoth Adjustment Tarot Card and Rider Waite Justice

Justice = a judgement is about to happen. It implies a decision of legal implications and very much to do with the discretion of man and his personality.

Adjustment = implies karmic cause and effect in a much more impersonal and universal way. The judgement has already been made as there is balance in the card as seen in the symmetry. Harmony has been established after the disharmony has been cur away by her sword.


(v) Thoth Adjustment & The Tree of Life




Adjustment occupies the path between Geburah and Tiphareth.

Geburah = the destructive aspect of man who descends upon Tiphareth.

Tiphareth = the heart of man.

Implied in this is that we have to follow our true will and bring some order into the chaos and infinite possibilities and potential of the Fool. Following our true will is like aligning to our life’s calling, the best possible expression of who we can be. In doing this we use the destructive power of Geburah to peel away all those aspects of our life which are not serving our highest good so we become more focussed on our true path and reveal what is in our heart centre (Tiphareth)… hence the term ADJUSTMENT. This links in with the fact that this action must be borne out of LOVE as stated in the Book of the Law described below.

This may also occur karmically with circumstances beyond our conscious control if we go too far off our path. This process happens on every level and so we have a universal law stating every action has a consequence and the universe adjusts to the change.

The figure in the card  is also the He Final in the Tetragrammaton and therefore the lower consciousness. However as we have seen in previous videos she is reabsorbed into the Tetragrammaton and the cycle is repeated, therefore this implies a process of raising our consciousness through this card so we are expressing our higher self through adjustment and following our true will when the lower self (princess) dies to become the Queen. This cycle can be seen in the image below :

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(vi) Thoth Adjustment Hebrew and Astrological Attribution

The Adjustment Tarot Card is ruled by LIBRA which emphasises the energy of this card being all about balance and equilibrium, karmic cause & effect, bringing a situation into balance, weighing the pros and cons.

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Adjustment is associated with the Hebrew letter LAMED meaning OX-GOAD. The goad is a traditional farming implement, used to spur or guide livestock, usually oxen, which are pulling a plough or a cart; used also to round up cattle. It is a type of long stick with a pointed end, also known as the cattle prod.

thoth adjustment tarot card

thoth adjustment tarot card

In some ways therefore this card can represent a form of RESTRICTION as the Ox is restricted to go in the direction of the Ox-Goad implying the Adjustment  card is about self control.

Astrologically this card is associated with  LIBRA which is ruled by Venus. Venus is the Goddess of beauty and Tiphareth also means beauty. There is beauty in the underlying balance of the universe if we look for it in whatever way we can.


(vii) Close Relationship of Adjustment and The Fool Cards

Fool Hebrew letter = Aleph = A

Adjustment Hebrew Letter = Lamed = L

  • There is a Thelemic formula AL (Aleph-Lamed). AL in Hebrew means “God”. In Wikipedia we have:

El Shaddai (Hebrew: אל שדי‎‎, IPA: [el ʃaˈdːaj]) or just Shaddai is one of the names of the God of Israel. El Shaddai is conventionally translated as God Almighty.

The name appears 48 times in the Bible, seven times as “El Shaddai”


  • If the letters are reversed they become LA which means Nothing in Hebrew.
  • If we have LA (nothing) = 0 and God (the totality, including duality ) = 2 then we have the Thelemic equation 0 =2.
  • This can be seen in the 2 of disks card.  So this links in with the balance between opposites and trying to achieve balance in one’s life. 
  • AL is also linked  to the meaning as shown above with A = Aleph = Ox and L = Lamed Ox Goad which keeps the Ox moving in the right direction as outlined above.
  • AL also stands for the Name of the Book of the Law Liber AL. The main axiom of the Book of the Law is “Love is the Law, The Law Under Will”. With respect to the Adjustment Card, Love is the reconciliation of opposites through karmic balancing.



(viii) Thoth Adjustment Tarot Card Symbology

Mask & Leggings with crossed diamonds = HARLEQUIN

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The Harlequin is characterized by his chequered costume. His role is that of a light-hearted, nimble and servant often acting to thwart the plans of his master, and pursuing his own love interest. In Tarot he links the Adjustment card to the Fool and this association has already been described in detail.







Sword  = masculine, phallic between her legs like simulating procreation and this is how the daughter (He final) becomes the mother (He) as shown in the Tetragrammaton cycle above.  Represents the Will of man and reflects the Book of the Law quote : “Love is the Law, The Law Under Will”. The weapon of Geburah.

Green Background = This card is ruled by Libra which is ruled by Venus 

Alpha and Omega = balanced on scales on her crown and show the beginning and ending of possibilities that are open to us. We must choose wisely and follow our life purpose.

Black chains = the influence of Saturn which is exalted in Libra. Saturn is also restrictive like Geburah and implies the discipline and focus required to follow ones true will to bring about harmony in one’s life.

Blue and Green Spheres = in balance representing the masculine and feminine energies respectively.

Diamond Curtain = hymen which is broken when the daughter (He Final) becomes the Mother (He). It is also the diamond of Kether, the purity, as seen in the Fool Card  in his right hand and symbolically representing the formula AL :

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(ix) The Chariot to Adjustment Transition


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The Chariot is about Victory after using ones inner drive and will power to accomplish goals. Adjustment is the balance and harmony that results from the actions of the charioteer. In the process he has had the vision to cut away all that does not serve him to make room for that which does.

Alternatively, if these are reversed we see that following a path in life that is not constructive would result in disharmony and unbalance.


(x) Thoth Adjustment Divinatory Meanings

Aleister Crowley changed the name of this tarot card from Justice to Adjustment, indicating that justice is not a passive concept and we maintain the balance in our lives by adjusting to our ever-changing life circumstances. In this way, maintaining balance in our lives is an active process rather than a passive one. It is not something that happens to us but something we make happen and requires constant assessment and balancing on our part.

Adjustment is about self-control and self-order and in order to maintain harmony in our life. The Adjustment Tarot Card encourages us to look at personal responsibility in regards to what happens to us. We see this with the idea of Karma in which every action has some sort of reaction, whether it be in this life or from a past life or in a future life Thus, every act we do has consequences. When we feel like we’re being “punished” it is, in actuality, consequences that we brought on ourselves by our actions.

This requirement for constant assessment and balancing which opens us to spiritual expansion.


Thoth Adjustment Upright

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1. Taking stock of ones life and seeing what things are useful and what can be let go of that is no longer serving us.

2. Think carefully about our life ahead and be aware that all actions/decisions have their consequences. Look at this happening personally and Universally. Encourage yourself to see Karma acting on many different levels.

3. Being able to have a clear vision of all the possibilities and choices that lie ahead of you (Fool) and applying your insights gained so far to live a life which is harmonious and in balance.

4. Discovering and then following your true path (True Will) and what gives it the most meaning.



Thoth Adjustment Reversed

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1. Our life is out of balance and harmony.

2. Refusal to change (Saturn/restrictive) to life’s circumstances.

3. Unable to find/connect with your true path in life (True Will) and therefore doing things which are not fulfilling for you at the moment.







(xi) Thoth Adjustment in the Celtic Cross Spread

celticcrossorder1 : Heart of the Situation = the importance of finding once most important path in life

2 : Possible obstacle = too many obstacles to what we really want to do

3 : Unconscious Influences = perhaps lost faith in our true path or our ability to reach our goals

4 : Recent Past = divorce/marriage

5 : Hopes and goals = to have harmony in our life once again

6 : Short Term Future = legal decisions or a decision to make which will have legal implications

7 : Self Image in this situation = making decisions to reach a better balance in our life.

8 : Environment = impending legal matter for the better, as mentioned above or change in job or house.

9 : Guidance & Warning = the need to find our true path in life and make the neccesary decisions to effect that change.

10 : Overall Outcome = harmony, balance, following ones true purpose in life.






(xii) Thoth Adjustment Links.

Polyphonic Tarot

Paul Hughes Barlow

Marveena Meek



Thoth Adjustment Tarot Card Tutorial

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