The Art of Temperance
March 24, 2008 § 2 Comments
Temperance has been coming up in readings quite a bit for me lately. As I was thinking about this earlier today, I realized that I would do well to apply a little Temperance to my life at the moment. No, I’m not hitting the bottle for breakfast, but I am being impatient. I keep fiddling with things, trying to make them yield results, disappointed that nothing happens straight away and then fiddling with them some more. My readings website for example. I’ve changed it yet again this weekend. I like it and I’m glad I changed it, but I only uploaded it on Saturday and already I’m thinking ‘what if I did this, or that?’ (Truth be told, I’ve already fiddled with it twice since it went live. I should be ashamed of myself.)
Temperance teaches the art of patience. Pour water from one jug to another, then pour it back again. Pay attention, be calm. It’s a very zen card. Meanwhile, while you’ve been busy focusing on the jugs of water, the sun has risen behind you. Did you believe that simply pouring water from one jug to another could make the sun rise? Sometimes the smallest movements can have the biggest effect.
(Temperance from the International Icon Tarot.)