Temperance in the Tarot of Quotes

Temperance in the TarotTemperance is one of my favourite cards in the Tarot. It’s a card of balance, harmony and healing.

In the RWS deck, the angel shown is Archangel Michael, but in my image it’s the angel of the North, situated near Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK.

I took the photo on my recent summer holiday, and I must say that the angel is quite a wonderful and impressive monument when you stand right in front of it.

Astrologically, Temperance is associated with Sagittarius, which symbolises the need to create the perfect mix of opposites to achieve harmonious balance and healing.

By blending opposites such as yin/yang, wants/needs, less/more, work/life, strengths/weaknesses, excess/abstinence, virtues/vices, we can achieve moderation, tolerance and compromises without losing out.

Temperance in the Tarot embodies a harmonious healing balance of mind, body and spirit; it is also a part of the transformational process.

What opposites in your life or within yourself do you need to blend in order to create harmony?

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Doom, Gloom and Temperance

TemperanceWe live in a world, where scaremongering dominates the media, and everybody thinks we’re living in dangerous, uncertain times.

Well, to be honest, people have ALWAYS lived in precarious times, from the Stone Age to the present.

That won’t change until mankind is extinct, but we can make an effort and cultivate a more balanced world view.

If you are a natural worrier and pessimist, the following short story, which has been attributed to the Native American Cherokee Indians, is wonderfully insightful, and it reminds me of the “Art of Temperance”:

The story is about a boy who tells his grandfather that he is feeling very angry and upset.

The grandfather explains to the boy that he too sometimes feels angry but also he often feels very happy.

The grandfather says it is as if there are two wolves battling inside him.

One is very angry, aggressive and acts out of fear. This wolf wants to fight all the time.

The other wolf is happy, playful, and only wants to make friends and live in peace. But the two wolves are constantly battling inside.

The little boy asks: which wolf wins? And the grandfather replies: ‘the one I feed’.

We can’t deny that there’s a lot of bad stuff going on in the world, but life is also beautiful.

Which wolf are you feeding today?

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Angels in Tarot

AngelAngels have become very popular over recent years. More people are trying to bring them into their lives to manifest the positive energies radiating from these celestial beings.

Angels are messengers of the divine; they are also guides and enablers—powerful symbols of love, compassion and kindness. Although they are seen as helpers to solve problems, they can also cause a certain level of disruption at times.

Angels are well known throughout history and present in many different religions. Therefore it is no surprise that angels feature in the Tarot, most notably in the Rider Waite Smith (RWS) deck, Crowley’s Thoth and Paul Foster Case’s B.O.T.A. deck.

Once we get to know the angels in Tarot, they can offer us new insightful messages. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn derived the following correspondences from the Enochian system of Magic:

Tarot Card Angel Direction Element Symbol of Element
Lovers Raphael East Air Clouds below angel
Temperance Michael South Fire Solar orb on brow of angel
Judgement Gabriel West Water Ocean below of angel
The Devil Uriel North Earth Black background and brown body
The Wheel of Fortune

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The World

Both cards feature the four angels as lion, eagle, man, bull (the four creatures from the vision of Ezekiel 1:10; also Revelations 4:7) in the corners of the cards:

Eagle—Water—Gabriel (Scorpio)
Lion–Fire—Michael (Leo)
Bull–Earth—Uriel (Taurus)
Man—Air—Raphael (Aquarius)

So, who are these angels and what may they tell us in a reading?

Raphael—”God Heals” is known as the Angel of Love. As the meaning of the name suggests, Raphael assists healing and is a messenger of reconciliation and unity. Raphael also helps with space clearing.

Michael—”He who is like God” is known as the Great Protector. Michael guides us to divine illumination, a fiery warrior of light and protection. Michael offers help when you feel anxious or worried.

Gabriel—”Power of  God” is called the Angel of Truth and is the messenger of prophecy, revelation and resurrection. Gabriel inspires art and communication and helps those who speak out for society. Gabriel is regarded as an angel of feminine energy.

Uriel—“Light of God”, messenger of punishment and salvation. Uriel illuminates situations and gives prophetic warnings of disasters; also connected with earth healing after floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters.

The Wheel of Fortune and The World—Additional Correspondences

Two of the association may look confusing—it makes more sense to connect the eagle with air and man with water. However, the following table by Paul Foster Case in his Introduction to Tarot (available in my Tarot Study) should offer some clarification:

Spirit Soul Astral Body Physical Body
Archetypal Creative Formative Material
Fire Water Air Earth
Lion Eagle Man Bull
Leo Scorpio Aquarius Taurus

 

The Devil—What’s going on?

On the three aforementioned decks—RWS, Thoth and B.O.T.A.—the Devil is depicted as a demon-like figure. Waite describes the creature in his Pictorial Key to the Tarot (also available to download in the Tarot Study) as “The Horned Goat of Mendes” and refers to it as a “Bathometic figure”.  Bathomet is a mythical figure, its image on the left was created by Eliphas Lévi, a 19th century occultist.  There is a lot of controversy about the origins and true identity of Baphomet, but this is not important here.

However, it is interesting that an evil-looking demon can be associated with Uriel, one of the archangels. Firstly, there is a notable connection between one of the Devil’s many names—Lucifer—and the name Uriel. Lucifer means “Light Bearer”, so both names are connected with light and illumination.  It suggests that the Devil is not “all bad”; perhaps it is fair to say that the Devil suggests enlightenment as a result of dark times, and everything carries the light of God/the Divine within.  When contemplating this card in a reading, Uriel may “highlight” the areas, where we go wrong, we know about them, but the Devil prevents us from doing something about it. Quite literally this card can mean that the truth shows its ugly face, and Uriel can well be a call for action.

Further Reading:

Gustav Davidson: A Dictionary of Angels: Including the Fallen Angels

Sandra Tabatha Cicero, Chic Cicero: Tarot Talismans: Invoke the Angels of Tarot

Hazel Raven: The Angel Bible – The Definitive Guide to Angel Wisdom

 

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