No tarot card embodies balance and reconciling of opposites as deeply and obviously as Temperance.
The meanings of the card in divination are balancing things out, moderation and patience.
But how exactly do we balance ourselves and/or a specific pair of opposites?
The answer to this question transformed as the idea of what it means to be temperate changed. The pictures on the cards illustrate this change.
In the older tarot decks, the card shows a woman pouring liquid from one pitcher to another. Sometimes the woman is depicted with wings.
In many modern versions, the woman is not a woman at all: it is a hermaphrodite, a person that is both a man and a woman.
In the following posts I want to explore the main points in the visual and philosophic history of Temperance and their connection to the integration of opposites.
We compare ourselves to others all the time.
We look around and see that they are doing better, are more successful, have what we don't.
We compare the level of our spiritual growth to that of others, too.
It looks like they have less or no problems, like they never go through crises, like they're initialized into some mystical secrets that are still unattainable to us ...
Like we're missing out on some spiritual luxury that others enjoy.
What we're not aware of, however, is that others are looking around, too. And some of them most likely envy you for the same reasons you envy them.
You don't really know where others are and what they're going through.
What is important is that they NEED to go through it. And you need to go through your own experiences.
Just as no two people have the same face, so no two people have the same Path.
You've chosen your Path yourself. Your True being has chosen it for you, even if you're not aware of it. And It knew exactly what It was doing.
Your path is the best path of all ...
Bloom where you're planted.
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(Next week, in Spiritual Envy II, read an old Sufi story)