Thursday, September 21, 2006


TODAY'S CARD is Temperance. This version is from from the Mary El Tarot and is used by permission:

For comparison, here's Temperance in the Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck:

TEMPERANCE: I particularly like the Temperance card in the Mary-El Tarot above because it is one of the most unusual renderings I've seen of this card, and because Tiger is one of my power animals. I also hasten to admit that this liking is heavily influenced by Temperance being another of my "family" of cards in The Tarot -- determined by birth date, numerology, etc. Temperance is what The Hierophant -- another of my cards, as I'm a five by birth date -- is said to evolve into. I would hope that I will some day find the kind of dynamic balance that the traditional versions of this card depict.

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR TEMPERANCE (i.e. the below is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of this card; a quick google will produce a wider variety of takes should you not be familiar with this card):

Balancing two demanding or opposing matters.

Temper any urge to excess right now as it could be costly; balance might be harder than ever to regain.

It's all in your hands so it's your responsibility. But don't become paralyzed by guilt or resentment, or by your awareness of the amount of effort that will be required to deal with it. You can handle it.

You may feel like you just had cold water thrown on your enthusiasm. Let this temper you, make you stronger, and lead to a deeper awareness of the true sources of your creativity.

The energies you sense gathering in yourself will need to be developed and shared soon, or they will just fade away. So prepare for a burst of activity.

You need to balance intuition and introspection with concrete action. And remember that this balance is a dynamic one. I.e., constantly shifting and rebalancing (think of a road down which you are moving that is a mobius strip).

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Resource: Glossary of Symbols Used in The Tarot, these can be quite useful in opening up a card's meaning, especially if you are feeling "stuck" with respect to it. These are based largely upon symbols in the Universal Waite (a specially colored Rider/Waite/Smith deck) and the Robin Wood Tarot, but can be generalized to a large degree with other decks.

Please see the top of the sidebar for my background with the Tarot and a recommendation to beginners.

‘til next time, keep enjoying the ride on this mobius strip of life, and exploring The Tarot,


[aka: Patricia Kelly]

****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”)**** SEE ALSO: Roswila’s Dream & Poetry Realm for some articles about Tarot.****



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