Both Christianity and Paganism have a concept of Karma--and we're now seeing this archetypal pattern played out in the media with the #MeToo movement that's exposing sexual predation in movies, theater, radio, comedy and politics.
Many Pagans/Wiccans follow the Rule of Three aka Three-Fold Law of Return: For good or for ill, shall be returned to us threefold.(Note: Some Gardnerian purists dismiss this "law" as misinterpretation of a fictional tome by the father of modern Wicca, Gerald Gardner. Yeah, there are polemicists even in Paganism!).
The New Age Law of Attraction sorta/kinda relates to Karma in that it's believed that whatever you focus on--or which level you "vibrate" at--will attract more of the same. You vibrate negative shit, you'll reap more of the same. You keep your feel-good energy up, you'll stay a happy camper. (I have some major problems with the LoA and it's Pentecostal/Charismatic equivalent known as the Prosperity Gospel aka "Name It and Claim It" or, as I like to refer to it, "Blab It and Grab It".). More on that topic another time...
My point is that many religious traditions have variations on the comeuppance theme (with some consequences more deadly than others--like, eternal damnation in the case of fundamentalism).
We see the same archetypal pattern of punishment (or getting what's deserved or harvesting what's been planted--whatever you want to call it) in Tarot.
Two cards in Tarot that deal with this pattern (and are often confused) are Judgement and Justice. Here's the difference:
The Judgement Tarot card is "Karma Calling". It's the dreaded email, the phone call, the besiegement of reporters at the door asking "Is it true? Did you fondle a underage girl?" Or, "We have five woman claiming that you masturbated in front of them. Did it happen?"
It's the crows finally coming home to roost--when someone else besides predator and prey find about the abuse...and takes it public.
Of course, fundamentalist Christianity will say that no only does the predator get public humiliation--but also a free ticket to a major ass-roast that lasts...forever. Unless, of course, the predator says "Sorry, Jesus" (extra points if it's done on TV ala Jimmy Swaggart). Then, everything disappears on a magic dry-erase board using the blood of Christ.
Many Pagans, though, believe that the full brunt of the suffering of the prey will be visited onto the predator--and nothing will ameliorate the process, because the Universe is always in balance.
Which brings us to the Justice Tarot card:
This is the legal aspect of Karma--the earthly laws affecting predator and prey (which isn't always "just", because this is the fallible human realm we're talking about now). This would range from small-time punishments like Roy Moore being banned by mall cops from a shopping mall in the 1970s for calling an underage girl in High School (getting her out of Trig class, no less) to larger punishments like jail time.
Then there's the "OMG, this can't be happening!" Tower card that can affect both the predator and the public at large:
For example, Bill O'Reilly apparently had a Tower experience when Karma came calling--saying that he was "mad at God" for getting busted. In fact, he said this in his podcast No Spin News:
Am I mad at God? Yeah, I'm mad at him. I wish I had more protection. I wish this stuff didn't happen. I can't explain it to you. If I die tomorrow and I get the opportunity, I’ll say, ‘Why did you guys work me over like that?' Didn't you know my children are going to be punished and they're innocent?’
Sound ridiculous? Actually, this is how most devout Christians think: if I'm "good"--or promote Jesus, morality or charitable acts--then I not only get a pass on human suffering (including disease, poverty and loss), but I also receive a "Get Out of Jail Free" card when my sins finally grow into an undesirable harvest.
Notice that O'Reilly also bemoans the fall-out of his predatory behavior on his innocent children? Apparently, the devout Catholic didn't consider this universal truth from the Old Testament:
Exodus 34:6-7 The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.
Does God "punish" children for the sins of the father? Of course not. However, the simple fact is that sin (Greek: hamartia ἁμαρτία--an archery term of "missing the mark", and each spiritual path has different measurements for what that "mark" consists of) can and will effect others. Usually, the ones closest to the predator is affected (wife, children, parents, siblings)--but others also suffer. It's a ripple effect.
The Tower not only gobsmacks the self-righteous who think they're above Karma or the law, but also those who couldn't imagine that so-and-so did that heinous act: "Hey! He's a good guy! What are you talking about?" Jon Stewart says he was shocked when his pal, fellow comedian Louis C.K., admitted to sexual predation.
And frankly? I was super-surprised at the fall of Kevin Spacey. I always pegged him as a rather asexual theater geek (likely gay, but that's irrelevant) who lived above seedy Hollywood behavior. ::sigh:: Wrongo!
Here's the thing about The Tower: it usually takes the metaphorical roof blowing off before you can witness and experience the next card in the Tarot: the illuminating, cleansing, healing Star.
Hopefully, after faulty, harmful and dangerous institutions are razed in this current Tower experience, The Star will shine the way for rebuilding on a more solid, equitable, respectful and considerate foundation.