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Gilded Tarot- Temperance


I have been working my way through the Majors: Here are my thoughts on Temperance..I know there is so much more to this card, though I would throw this out and get your opinions-

“Temperance is derived from the Latin temperare, which means to moderate, blend, or mix together harmoniously. This card was earlier named “Time” which is the key to its underlying meaning” S Alexander

Temperance indicates the ability to combine spontanstiy with knowledge, to free ourselves from our artificial personalities, to take life as it comes moment by moment.

False personalities, what is that? Life throws us into many situations, and for many of us we wear different hats (personalities) to deal with them. We have one personality at work and another personality at home, both are false, not a true self. Even in love some have different personalities, the person we choose to marry is far different than the one we find sexually attracted to. These types of personality separations are our own inability to take life as it comes, a self protection. We are unable to combine elements of our personality and the outside world to flow together. We hide our true selves because our outside persona will not allow it.

How does this happen? Young children are in touch with who they really are, it’s as we get older and want to “fit in” do we start the cover up of our real selves. We do things not because we feel this way, but because of habit or our feelings of social acceptance. We only become masters of our fate when we learn to deal with life moment by moment, not according to routines of habits and defenses. To find who we really are, we need to blend ourselves with the world around us, to release ourselves.

Temperance is about doing/action, not about concepts. It is easy to talk about it, but hard to put into action. Sometimes temperance means inaction, letting things go, or lettings things develop on their own, giving things time, to let go of ego. Ego will keep our true self locked up, unable to let our feelings blend with our actions. When temperance is achieved this will give us harmony, peace, be able to avoid extremes, to take life and everything in moderation.

Direct: Inner growth, balance, patience, time, spiritual awakening, peace, calm, reaching a compromise, enjoying well being, self control and discipline, team player

Reversed: Works best alone, imbalance, alone, abuse, discord, conflict, hostility, impatience, search for answers, not a good time to start something new.
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