Tarot In Real Life: Temperance Personified

Captain Virgo & that Crazy, Pink-Haired Chick

After I wrote about Temperance, we went over to a friend’s house for dinner. It had been six months since we’d seen her.

And man, had she been busy! She’s lost 70 pounds, decorated her house, quit smoking and exercises now. Wow! She looked great and seemed very happy–the two often go together, after all.

I chuckled to myself when it registered, just how much of a personification of Temperance she was putting out there.

She took a picture of me and the Mr. when we visited. I wasn’t so much radiating the Temperance vibe. More like the “I’ll get on it next week” vibe. But now, I certainly can’t say it’s for lack of example.

You got temperance?

Everyday Tarot, 07/03/11: Temperance Blender

temperanceA lot of folks—myself included—have had odd, bizarre, just plain taxing experiences under the current sky. An eclipse amidst a Cardinal Grand Cross with outer planet players is not necessarily going to be a skip in the park, to put it mildly.

That’s okay, though. When the energy forecast supports making significant shifts, why not take advantage? That’s my plan.

Today’s Tarot is Temperance or “Daughter of the Reconcilers,” associated with Sagittarius. Key XIV of the Major Arcana, she becomes one of the Tarot fives—her angelic energy is definitely dynamic! She’s often said to be mixing fire and water, but whatever she’s mixing, she’s appears to know what she’s doing. With one foot in the water and one foot on the ground, she has access to both the emotional/intuitive world and the flesh and blood, material world.

The gold disk on her head sports the astrological glyph for the sun, which is also the alchemical symbol for gold—her ego shines. The red triangle on her robe is the symbol for fire—she hasn’t lost the passion. But like the road that runs between the two mountains (goals), she is looking for balance, a way to combine separate energy to come up with a new, more complete approach.

I had opportunity to revisit some hurt feelings recently and try to integrate memories with new  circumstance. The key for me was realizing that it’s not one or the other—the history is real, and as such, impacts the whole. But the present is just as real, and demands integration with the history to form a new, more complete paradigm. With only one of the two, I’m missing half the truth.

When Temperance graces, look at the big picture. Are you over-attached to one vision? Are you successfully integrating information?  Or are you drinking too much lately? ‘Cause she’ll call you out on that, too. Moderation in all things, and Temperance is kind. Otherwise, there’s a price to pay.

Do you see Temperance at work (or maybe on a break) in your life?

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Everyday Tarot, 06/13/11: Secret Formula of Harmony / Temperance

temperance-new-visions-tarot-forecastAlways aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.
Mohandas Gandhi

In the Synchronicity Department (also known as the Division of Dixie’s Clue-by-Four)…in the middle of writing this column, I’m having an email discussion centering on polarity. I did not bring it up. I was just sitting here writing about it instead.

“Okay, Tarot, I’m listening. Start talking!”

Today’s Tarot forecast is Temperance or “Daughter of the Reconcilers,” associated with Sagittarius. Numbered XIV of the Major Arcana, she becomes one of the Tarot fives reduced. She’s often pictured as blending fire and water.  One foot on the ground, one foot in the water

maj11sDuality is a prominent theme in Tarot, and this card speaks of it even more than an obvious example, like Justice. Justice compares, but Temperance combines. And fire and water, no less—our creative passions, our drives (fire) are melded with our hearts, our spiritual awareness (water). What a magically powerful combination!

Temperance highlights the need for restraint—sometimes in physical areas like eating or drinking, other times in thinking or emotional energy expenditure.

But hey—we’re talking Sagittarius, so think big!—it’s a lot of energy being channeled! You’re mixing spiritual with the physical. We have to mix the components in the right proportions. As flesh and blood beings, how we care for our bodies, the earth, other living things impact our vibrations and spiritual lives.  As spiritual beings, how we feed our minds and our hearts impact our subjective human experience. We are both part of the same whole.

If you primarily in one world, the other suffers for lack of attention. The secret is in making them all agree—feeding both physical and spiritual. Honoring your Sun and your Moon! Express both sides of the polarity by keeping your higher intention and everyday behavior consistent. The two mix to make the magic.

Now I just have to figure out why Tarot wanted me to say so.

Where do you see Temperance showing up?

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