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Join Date: 12 Oct 2006
Location: Texas Gulf Coast, USA
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Pearls of Wisdom - Temperance

This card makes me giddy - there is so much to see.

Central to this card is a woman, swarthy, not young/not an elder, she has some mileage on her. There is a red mark on her third-eye chakra; this mark radiates yellow/gold beams. Her shoulder-length hair hangs free, below her headdress.

She wears a headdress of pearls, gold and alternating gold and silver feather-like projections. It reminds me of a Shaman's headdress. Our lady wears pearl earrings, a pearl necklace and a pearl belt. She is winged. Her long-sleeved gown is red on one side and blue on the other; below the belt it becomes purple. Male-Female/Fire-Ice coming together to bring forth something new and higher than it's parent elements. The fabric seems to flow around her. She pours from a silver ewer into a golden one. Her eyes are down cast, intent on the task before her.

Temperance kneals on verdent grass at the edge of a pool of water. It could be a river bank, it could be a pond or lake. Her reflection is readily discernable although marked by the water's currents and wavelets. The pool is fed by a free-flowing river to the lady's right. It begins as a waterfall in the far distance and winds its way to the pool.

The background is filled with greenery - a meadow filled with small yellow flowers, woods and hills behind that. A sleeping Earth Spirit is to the lady's left and there is a pine tree beside her. A deer drinks from the pool. There are red flowers beside the deer.

The sky is half day-shine/half moon-light. Both sides hold gentle, fluffy clouds. A hawk flies on the 'day-side'; two stars appear on the 'night-side'. One star is reflected in the water beside the lady's reflection.

The upper corners of this card contain a shelf with a balance scale. Each scale is in perfect balance - the items resting on the scales match exactly. Both columns hold a yin-yang bracket from which hangs a pearl necklace. A golden ewer sits in the lower left-hand corner; a silver ewer sits in the lower right-hand corner. The golden ewer holds red flowers - I don't recognize the species; the silver ewer holds red calla lilies.

There are no Runes on this card.

Elements represented:
Earth - the rich, green meadow and trees
Air - the clouds and hawk on-the-wing
Fire - the Sun; the flame-like yellow flowers in the meadow
Water - the river and pool; the liquid poured from silver to golden ewer, Temperance's flowing garment
Spirit - the yin-yang symbols (brackets and Sun-Moon in the sky); the nimbus around the third eye chakra mark; the nimbus around Temperance's head (shaped like a headdress); the deer at peace with its surroundings drinking from the river; Temperance reflected in the pool

If anything, I think Fire is under-represented. A warning, perhaps that it's energy needs to be carefully metered for the peace of this scene to be maintained. The water Element needs to be contained and directed (river and pond).

I especially enjoy the mature female image given to Temperance. Yes, she has wings, she's angelic - but she looks like she earned her wings. Her skin is sun-darkened, her hair, while full, lacks the luster of the High Priestess, Strength or the Sun; the fluidity of the Lovers, the Star, or Justice. Her hair is similar to the Empress'. Both these ladies are surrounded by abundance; their focus, however, is the task at hand.
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