January 13

01/13/12: Making Change Permanent | Temperance

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“Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.” Thomas Aquinas

I’ve started to pay attention to my weight again…it’s been a while. Some of you know, I lost over a hundred pounds, several years back. And mostly, it’s stayed off. But gradually, almost imperceptibly, it’s been creeping back. Christmas cookies, M&M’s on special occasions (and boy, are there a lot of special occasions if you look!), a bite here and a nibble there, all adds up.

I know this. I have coached countless others on the very same issue. But here I am, in full realization that if I don’t rein myself in, bigger pants are in my future. And I have to ask myself, “Why?”

The challenge comes not from wanting to go back—I wasn’t happy, nor healthy. I was courting Diabetes, straight up. It’s also not because it was ungodly difficult to do the work. It was actually a lot easier than I could ever have guessed! I could blame stress or lack of time or any one of a number of peripheral issues, but that would be bull. I know in my heart, it’s attributable to a lack of temperance.

Today’s Tarot is Temperance, number 14 of the Major Arcana. Her astrological association of Sagittarius is a hint that she’s a “big picture” gal. As one of the Tarot fives, you also know the energy surrounding her is dynamic and often, conflicted. She arrives to address drinking issues, needed compromise, or situations where moderation and blending disparate interests are required for the highest outcome. Temperance is where the polarities of Tarot—and hence of life—are reconciled harmoniously.

Merging is a concept central to Temperance. The secret is always in the mix! You don’t have to give up treasured prizes to achieve resolution. You DO have to exercise thoughtful self-control, however, to prioritize. It’s not haphazard; rather, a precisely executed merging keeps all considerations in exacting proportion to properly unite.

In my case, that means that I don’t have to abandon what’s important to me. I have a sweet tooth and no amount of low-carbing erases it! So, it’s my job to combine my tastes with choices that support my long-term goals. There are days when I feel tired or lazy and don’t want to cook. Knowing this, instead of turning to DQ I can prepare with easy options on hand ready to go. The point is integrating my most important desires and requirements into a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. It’s not about willpower. It’s about creating the right mix. Compromise on what does NOT matter to create a whole that includes what DOES matter.

It’s interesting to see this card appear shortly after “Death’s Promise”, as it follows Death in the deck. The transformation (Death) of the old ways has occurred, and you’ve got your fresh start. So what are you going to do with it? Let’s hope something’s different, lest you end up back where you started, huh? (Yeah, I’m looking in the damned mirror.)

Considering the cards we’ve been seeing lately, I can’t help but think there are some majors shifts going on out there! That’s a little scary, I know, but even more, it’s exciting! Change comes for a reason, and Temperance is a prescription for integration, thus making changes permanent.  Well worth the trouble, don’t you think? I sure do.

Are you hearing the call for Temperance in your life?

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  1. “Are you hearing the call for Temperance in your life?” YES and I absolutely MUST exercise “thoughtful self-control” because “moderation and blending disparate interests are required for the highest outcome.”

    Good Lord Dixie, it’s as if you pulled this card just for me! Lots of changes and shifts around here (thanks for your help) and it’s a beautiful thing to see & feel but we want permanence with these shifts in life – kind of like weight loss. Hey is there a Permanence card in the tarot deck-snort.

    Congrats to you on all your hard work and I’m sure your mirror has a very pretty frame

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