July 3

Everyday Tarot, 07/03/11: Temperance Blender


temperanceA lot of folks—myself included—have had odd, bizarre, just plain taxing experiences under the current sky. An eclipse amidst a Cardinal Grand Cross with outer planet players is not necessarily going to be a skip in the park, to put it mildly.

That’s okay, though. When the energy forecast supports making significant shifts, why not take advantage? That’s my plan.

Today’s Tarot is Temperance or “Daughter of the Reconcilers,” associated with Sagittarius. Key XIV of the Major Arcana, she becomes one of the Tarot fives—her angelic energy is definitely dynamic! She’s often said to be mixing fire and water, but whatever she’s mixing, she’s appears to know what she’s doing. With one foot in the water and one foot on the ground, she has access to both the emotional/intuitive world and the flesh and blood, material world.

The gold disk on her head sports the astrological glyph for the sun, which is also the alchemical symbol for gold—her ego shines. The red triangle on her robe is the symbol for fire—she hasn’t lost the passion. But like the road that runs between the two mountains (goals), she is looking for balance, a way to combine separate energy to come up with a new, more complete approach.

I had opportunity to revisit some hurt feelings recently and try to integrate memories with new  circumstance. The key for me was realizing that it’s not one or the other—the history is real, and as such, impacts the whole. But the present is just as real, and demands integration with the history to form a new, more complete paradigm. With only one of the two, I’m missing half the truth.

When Temperance graces, look at the big picture. Are you over-attached to one vision? Are you successfully integrating information?  Or are you drinking too much lately? ‘Cause she’ll call you out on that, too. Moderation in all things, and Temperance is kind. Otherwise, there’s a price to pay.

Do you see Temperance at work (or maybe on a break) in your life?

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  1. My son suddenly decided to move out, which was a mixed blessing. He left last Tuesday night. The energy in the house is much, much lighter, and we aren’t having to all tiptoe around the reality that lives only inside his own mind. That I handled well, with grace and my usual humor. His dad and I have a bet how long before the woman he is renting a room from tosses him out for his piggish ways and lies.

    The worst of it was last Wednesday. Lee gave the dog a corn cob (she loves that) and she was in the doorway between kitchen and living room, having a great time when the cat decided to approach. The dog isn’t food aggressive with humans at all, but she does NOT like another animal approaching. Especially a treat! They had a ten second skirmish, and Lee went apeshit on my dog. He yelled, of course – we all did – then he went and hit her four times. Maddie & I screaming at him to stop it. I called her over to me. I was sitting on the floor, and she was at my side. He walked over and kicked her.

    Now, when I was a toddler, my oldest brother was on heavy duty late-60s drugs of every kind. He was seriously messed up, and my earliest memory involves violence in our home/dixiblog/domains/afoolsjourney.com/public_html from him on a tear. I do not do violence – people or animals. To me, that’s abuse, period.

    Maddie was screaming and crying, I was screaming and enraged. I was going to take her back to the shelter because violence isn’t something I want to be around, I don’t want my daughter around it either, and that poor old abandoned baby doesn’t deserve it. I didn’t speak to him for several days, and things are still not 100%, but they are getting better.

    That said, part of the wall that built will never come down. I told him that, too. I don’t care if Maddie and I live under a damned bridge. I will not live with that.

    1. Kristine,

      I’m so sorry for your experience & hope you & your family, both 2 & 4 legged members, can regain some peace (inside & out) while your son is away.

      That sweet dog knew you’d protect her & trust me if she was in a shelter she’s already experienced violence & abandonment & it’s wonderful she’s found love & a home/dixiblog/domains/afoolsjourney.com/public_html w/ you & Maddie.

      I hope things get better for you & I pray your son finds his way back to his own peace. Love & Blessings from Texas

  2. YES there’s been a lack of balance recently. My beverage was bigger than necessary on Friday while I was “cleansing” in the tub, hence Saturday’s Knight of Cups-inverted, he looks drunk to me. Also being so damn hungry for the past few days. Eclipse or not I don’t care for it!

    PERFECT card for me today! My daughter will be home/dixiblog/domains/afoolsjourney.com/public_html from school today for 2 months & I’ve not always been so balanced w/ her; some topics are worse than others. I also have to temper myself not to jump back into “Mom Mode”, she’s 22 & lives on her own for 9 months & is doing a great job, she doesn’t need the same type of mothering as before.

    Thanks for the reminder to stay balanced & temper myself. Once again amazing stuff my pink haired friend! ((((DIXIE))))

    1. Yeah, I was drinking myself (rare for me) and eating WAAAAAAY too much. Time to reign it in!!

      Hope you enjoy your daughter’s visit, CancerMom.

  3. Thank you, Cancer Mom. My son will need to find his own peace in the first place before he can find it again, but I know that I cannot help him do it. Only living in the real world can.

    Cinders (the dog) is fine now, and they are good together again. She was left at the shelter when she was 11 years old – she was stray, but with a tag. They called the people and they said they didn’t want her back. With her age, she’d been in there a long time. I adore her, and she adores us. I told him I’d move out if it happened again. Period. It’s a deal breaker.

    We have family coming in an hour or so, and I’ve been cooking and cleaning and running around…but I didn’t lose my balance when he was out weeding the garden (yeah – cuz *that* is where we are going to be cooking out and eating…*head desk*). He came in and said that’s what he was doing, and I said I knew it. He putters. So I gave him chores. LMAO!

    1. Kristine, hoping your family can find some peace. I heard once that working in a garden can be literally “grounding” so maybe that is good for him…

  4. Oh! I forgot….I’ve actually been *losing* some weight. I was working so much in June, I didn’t have time to make “meals”. I live on small packages of Peanut M&M when I’m on the road, and I always have my big thermal mug with me for ice and water. I’ll take it.

  5. I live on the river in the PNW and you know what happens here? During the day the sun warms the air and then at night when the warm air hits the cool river water a fine mist forms. It rises high above the mountain tops. Not always a road, but a river that runs through it. The answer to those two elements combining is in the mist.

  6. Wow, lots of us getting tipsy this week!

    And unlike me also, the one who would never even finish a glass of wine before.

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