Today’s Card is Temperance
What does temperance mean to me?
For me in many ways Temperance means balance and equanimity. I have been involved in many forms of meditation and I work in a customer focused environment so today in the Toy Shop I was working at a prospective customer came idling into the Darkened Shop at 09:45 am as I was tidying up and getting ready for opening at 10am. So he says to me, “You’re not open yet”
“In ten minutes” I reply to which he says “Oh good, you open in ten minutes” and then proceeds to walk around the darkened shop.
Oh my god, I think. He has acknowledged that I open in ten minutes, has heard what I said and yet proceeds to walk around looking at products. What role does Temperance have here, one of non-reaction I feel. To allow everything to be as it is. My reaction was to put the lights on for the customer to better see what there was in the shop. This response lead to him spending quite a lot of money.
I need to employ temperance in food and food demons are again on my back, my eating habits are getting out of hand and I feel very fat. Too fat and over-weight to resort to jogging for weight loss as my increased age would probably see a damage to knee joints , all a bit sad really. So Temperance and the energy of Temperance in one of my last remaining addictions would be very well received.
The temperate individual mixes the opposites and finds a balance in life by avoiding extremes. The astrological sign is represented by Sagittarius, the teacher of truth, enthusiasm, tolerance and beauty, and Sagittarius is my own personal sign. For more on Astrology please see my good friend Michael Conneely’s website
Bridget of Biddy Tarot writes the following on Temperance which also fits quite well with my aspect of life:
Temperance can also reflect a period of self-evaluation in order to re-examine your life priorities. You are now seeking a much greater balance between your inner and outer selves, searching for a higher meaning and purpose in life. Throughout this transition, you may also experience a clash between the old and the new you, sometimes feeling confused about which direction you ought to take and what is really important to you. You will evaluate seclusion, detachment and retreats as methods for accomplishing great things. You will avoid pain, conflict and distractions and lessen your stress and anxiety. Looking inward will re-charge you. There is nothing to fear, it is part of the process and without it change could not occur.