For this blog hop, our wrangler Alison of Tarot Thrones came up with something a bit different. She challenged our international group of bloggers to blog about all the cards of the Major Arcana – each person picking one card. As there are more than 22 of us on this hop, you’ll find a couple of different takes on a few of the cards, including the one I chose: Temperance.
When I first decided to seriously learn about the tarot, I took a six week beginners course at Mysteries, in the centre of London. I appreciated much of what I learned on that course, and it formed a basis which I still use in my readings today. However, the teacher was not a fan of the Temperance card.
He saw this card as boring, as about having to enforce moderation on yourself, and of not having any fun. In that, I have charted my own course, as I see Temperance very differently. For me, Temperance is about getting the right mix of ingredients, getting a healthy balance in our lives.
As such, I see it as a card of healing. I use it in all my Tarot Magic healing spells, and I’m running a webinar on weight loss/healthy eating on the 29th of July, inspired by this. During the webinar, everyone will design their own spell, as well as being able to download the ‘magical meditation’ based on Temperance which I created for the purpose.
As well as writing about our card, Alison invited us to be inspired by it in any way we liked. As those who have read some of my other blog posts may remember, I can claim no talent whatsoever for art. I never doodled as a child, and struggle to create anything I’m even half-way pleased with. Hence my having to find artists to illustrate the decks I created, the Celtic Lenormand (US Games, 2014) and the Wings of Change Lenormand (self-published, 2015).
However, as I use the Temperance card so much in magic, I decided to create an image of it myself, to have a copyright free picture to use in my Tarot Magic webinars and spell pdf’s. For this, I painted the background using water colour pencils, and then using a water wash to soften them. Then, I drew the angel on a separate sheet and photoshopped him into the image, adding a bit of colour to him with sharpies and on the computer.
He stands as a reminder: Temperance is not just about what you don’t/can’t do, but very much about what actions you choose to take. It is about being willing to set your own limits, and also to find the exact right balance for you. That balance is not based on what others say, but on your own experience. The angel tips liquid from one cup to the other, experimenting til the mix is right…
And remember, if you want to find the right balance to achieve a healthy, desirable weight, I’m here to help.