the tarot card of temperance involves healing, balance, patience, and moderation. it calls us to slow down, to examine, to not look for conclusions, to exist in an area between black and white and be comfortable with it, to show up and be present. to temper means to "serve as a neutralizing or counterbalancing force to (something)." this force of balance can be necessary physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, in a relationship, or within a circumstance. it questions how we are pushing or pulling too forcefully in life. Jason Gruhl from The Fountain Tarot brings up that "Life is not static and neither are our needs- they vary across a lifetime, and across each situation. Through listening and awareness, the universe reveals what your soul truly needs, and not just what your ego wants." stop to listen... in what ways are we being excessive or existing in the extremes? slowing down and practicing moderation in our behavior can help us tune in to our true selves that can become watered down with excess, distraction, and the want to control. when we let our true selves rise and lead, we can trigger healing and create balance. healing and balance can lead us to harmony and peace. Kim Krans, creator of The Wild Unknown tarot, states when describing the temperance card, "You'll find a new sense of healing and balance from bringing a little harmony back in to your life."
we wish to control our lives. we wish to make decisions with a yes or no. we wish to see situations as good or bad. we wish to understand how the universe works and where we stand within it. but of course there are so many shades of grey between black and white. there is not always an easy answer or a simple conclusion. the path is not always clear and the wisdom we carry is not always equipped to accurately guide us through every twist and turn. sometimes when we feel lost or confused, we push forward hastily, using our heads and our ego, rather than our intuition and our soul. we act from a place of fear. we push, pull, and force our way ahead. we act as if we know the way, even though every step ahead is different than the last. our egotistical want to control can lead us to a place even more foreign and in a situation even farther from our control. we can end up in tangled mess of everything that does not feel right. we become unaligned, out of balance, and not on our path. we must take careful steps to regain our grounding. we must slow down. we must remember that we do not know it all. we must examine where we stand, what brought us here, and where we are headed. we must do so with humility. we must let loose the reigns of our ego and sink into the depths of our inner guide, our soul, our intuition, our true selves. we must restore balance.
taking the time to slow down allows space... space for us to see with clarity, space to let opportunities arise, space to let life fall into place, space to open up and be our selves, space to be present, space to tune into to what we truly desire, space to understand what parts of our story is real and what parts are fabricated, space to imagine all of the possibilities. every moment in life is different from the next, so why would we think that we are the same in every moment, or that each moment may require us acting the same as another? when we take the time to examine, to moderate, to balance, to temper, we are able to choose how we want to show up for each unique moment. if we try to speed through it thinking we know what will happen or how it should be or who we should be, we will not only trip over ourselves, but we will miss the magic that would otherwise unfold. we must assist the space we open up by creating balance, allowing the scales to tip as they will, and not trying to force them in our favor. when they tip in a way that causes upheaval, we may take the time to reexamine how to counterbalance or to temper, so that we may create peace within ourselves and our lives once again. this process of letting go of the control, the pushing and pulling, the force, allows us to heal from the continual upheaval, the tipping of the scales, the ebb and flow, the ups and downs, the light and dark of life. this healing soothes the worry of about what is, what was, and what is to be, allowing us to be present. we must be present in the moment to experience this healing. when we let go, we are able to accept. as we accept, we are able to be present and show up fully. when we show up fully, we are able to tune into what we really need and desire. it is then that we can truly move forward on our path to creating the life we want.
thus... allow for the space. allow for the balance. allow for the opportunity. allow for the possibility. allow for the healing. allow for the magic.