If you are new to the blog, every Sunday I do a tarot card for the week ahead. It serves two purposes. One is to give you an idea of the energy that swirls in for the week ahead, and two is to teach you a little bit about the card itself and the art of the tarot. I pull the card and explain a little bit about it, and then it’s up to you to implement it in your world at the present time. I read with several different decks, but for simplicity purposes I teach with the traditional Rider-Waite deck. I hope you enjoy
Onto our card for the week ahead: Temperance
Keywords: Balance, Moderation, Blending, Patience
Potential downside: Imbalance, Impatience, Excess, Lack of Long Term Vision
Temperance is card number Fourteen (14) in the deck of Tarot, and is also a Major Arcana. (Fun Fact: “Arcana” means “inner vision”, pretty neat huh?)
As a Major, the message carries utmost importance. Temperance is ruled astrologically by the sign of Sagittarius and the element of fire. Whenever I pull this card two words always come to mind: Balance and Patience
Notice on the card, we see a winged angel with one foot in the water and one foot out, although not quite on the ground. This angel is actually a hermaphrodite (the child of Hermes & Aphrodite). “Why is she telling me this”? you may ask. Knowing that the angel is a hermaphrodite furthers the balance aspect to this card, as a hermaphrodite is a balance between two genders.
We see the angel exchanging water between the two cups; hoping to blend everything together nicely and just right. As I mentioned, Temperance is ruled by the element of fire. Here we also see water: can we get the right blend of fire & water here to have the “Magic potion”? Perhaps. Patience will be required.
The Temperance card asks us to have a clear , long term vision of what we hope to achieve. It asks that we have patience and not rush things along. Take your time so you can do the best job that you can. Your inner voice is guiding you gently to the right outcome and you are patiently listening and following. You have a very balanced perspective on the situation at this time and you are in a very good position to make the right choices. Keep this in mind as we may often feel that things are not moving fast enough!
Temperance asks you to be patient so that you can act with timing and precision. Patience and moderation will result in good management of all things. Do not feel that you need to rush, just let the situation evolve at its natural pace.
In our relations with others, Temperance represents adaptation, coordination & tempering of external influences. You are able to work in harmony with others and there is a heightened level of co-operation in your activities with others. You are able to combine forces and join with others in order to bring it all together. There is a beautiful synergy at work that brings about the right mix of talents, experiences, abilities and skills.
(If you are not feeling this way, hopefully the week ahead will prove different for you, or Temperance is simply here to remind that everything is “A-OK”)
Temperance , to me, also acts similarly to the Hermit card. This can also be a time of self reflection, of retreat, alone time. Turning inward to seek a greater balance, and to search for a higher meaning and/or purpose in life. Throughout this time, you may also experience a clash between the old and the new you, sometimes feeling confused about which direction you ought to take and what is really important to you. You will evaluate seclusion, detachment and retreats as methods for accomplishing great things. You will avoid pain, conflict and distractions and lessen your stress and anxiety. Looking inward will re-charge you. There is nothing to fear, it is part of the process and without it change could not occur. This is somethings I always stress to my clients in times of turmoil. This is where the most growth occurs, even though it will feel shitty at times!!
So for the upcoming week, harness the energy of Temperance. Turn inward, spend some time alone, reflect on all you have accomplished & all you hope to accomplish, realize things are happening with divine timing, and relax! This is not a week to rush around carelessly. (There will be plenty of time for that over the next month with the holidays)!
Love & Light,