You are completely surrounded by the loving, supportive energy of your guides. Even in times when you feel out of touch, or all alone, know you're always being watched over and taken care of. ✨Day 2 of #bkfoolschallenge. Mercury enters Capricorn. How might I fully trust in the power and authority of my voice? ✨Temperance shows herself reversed here as an indicator that there may be a lack of total faith in your ability to articulate divine messages. In order to fully trust in the power and authority of your voice, you must first listen. When you do, you open yourself up to being a channel for patience and peace. Be gentle with your words. Lower your voice. Drop into your heart when you speak. Make eye contact with the beautiful world around you. Compassionately consider the other's point of view. Use your voice to invite health and balance into the lives of others. Trust that when you say less, it means more! ✨Such a healing and much needed reminder for me before I teach two workshops today.
Temperance paired w/ Lightning Ash invites you into the softer, yet fierce side of Sagittarius. Own your power! Whenever you're ignited with anger, aggression, or even frustration, instead of acting out, know you hold the ability to harness your flames. Cup your hands like a sacred bowl at your lower belly. Channel all of your fiery energy into a condensed ball in your hands. Feed the flames with your heart's desires to heal yourself and the Earth. Plant this fireball into the ground, a giant seed of healing love + passion. Reconnect to this heat whenever you're feeling off balance. Feel the warmth below your feet, and it'll bring you patience, purpose, and meaning as you walk forth on your path.
Temperance paired w/ Rose reminds you to be super gentle w/ yourself at this time. You may be experiencing quite a bit of internal shifts, unsure of exactly what's to come. Slow it down. Be careful not to misstep into old habits + outdated beliefs. Resist the urge to revisit the easy route, the one you've taken so many times before. Pave yourself a new path, one much more aligned with your evolving self. Draw forth the strength of your ancestors. Feel them in your bones. You're on the precipice of a huge expansion. Trust that you're being watched and taken care of by spirit. This will open you up to receiving major downloads about the road to come.
Temperance has been following me for about three years now!!! And I still don't fully understand her medicine. I'm beginning to intellectually grasp her, but still working on bringing her into practice. She's the kind of card I date intensely for awhile, and then delete her number and never want to talk to her again. (Which ironically is the opposite of what she teaches..) Temperance often gets translated as a reminder to hold back on impulses, to slow-down, and practice patience. However, I've often misread this invitation as an external one, telling myself to stop drinking, to delete Grinder, cut out sugar, or meditate everyday. Whatever it is I believe to be an imbalance in my life, I have tried to control in some sort of way.
But this is a much more EMPEROR (4) approach! Instead, TEMPERANCE (14) reminds us to let go control by handing it over to a higher power. Temperance reminds us to reconnect with the heart. As we inhale, feel the presence of Divine. As we exhale, she reminds us to trust that everything is absolutely being taken care of. By coming home to our heart, and simply breathing here, anything that is out of balance will naturally realign itself. When we focus our attention inward, we begin to cultivate PATIENCE and MODERATION, instead of forcing it. TEMPERANCE teaches that true transformation comes from WITHIN and can never be forced externally.
I took this picture on the Williamsburg Bridge because Temperance acts as a bridge between worlds. An angel on Earth, connecting Spirit to human, she mixes two liquids, hot w/ cold, or water w/ wine. One foot in the water, one on land, she balances body + emotion, conscious w/ subconscious. In tarot philosophy she unites the Chariot + the World (the final column of the Major Arcana). And as mentioned before, she invites us back into the heart, the middle chakra, said to be the bridge between Heaven + Earth. ✨
I pulled Temperance REVERSED exactly 6 months ago on July 1, the first day of a road trip across the country with @artofloving. This card, along w/ Adriana, really inspired me to commit to a year of SOBRIETY. So I'm pretty stoked to see TEMPERANCE UPRIGHT this half of the year. It feels like halfway to a full circle.
TEMPERANCE offers a COOLING meditation. We see an ANGEL on EARTH. The angel is neither male or female. We can refer to the angel as "THEY" (so 2016, right?). They have one foot on LAND, the other dips in the WATER to check the TEMPERATURE (or temperance-sure lol). On their chest is a TRIANGLE (spirit) inside a SQUARE (human). They hold two cups: the higher one represents the SPIRIT you, the lower one represents the HUMAN you.
Everything going on in this card points to balancing SPIRIT with HUMAN. But not in a forced way. In a very subtle way. Like a stick-your-toe-in-the-water-before-getting-in sort of way. The cups are two TEMPERATURES, one hot, the other cold. The angel BLENDS the two. But you'll notice the angle the water is being poured is impossible. The water instead flows like a river. It's hard to say if it flows up (enlightenment) or down (manifestation), but it seems by the BALANCE of this card it flows in both directions simultaneously.
This card RAISES three questions to ponder:
1. In what ways can you ELEVATE your ORDINARY day-to-day life to be more CONSCIOUS? (Upward flow)
2. How can your SPIRITUALITY be practical and DOWN-TO-EARTH? (Downward flow)
3. Where do your answers to question 1 and 2 meet? Where do you find a peaceful medium?
If we look at the chakra system, the upward and downward flow meets in the middle chakra, THE HEART.
Be easy on yourself this New Year. There's no need to be perfect. In fact, temperance teaches us that the HIGHEST SELF and LOWEST SELF blend together to make the perfect TEMPERATE you. When we learn to relax about it and live from the HEART, this is how we step into our EARTHLY DIVINITY. Happy New Year Earthling Angels.