Conversing with the Cards – The Major Arcana: Temperance


by Morgana Moonfire

Impressions: A woman with blond hair plaited in two coils on top of her ears weeps over the death of her husband who was killed in battle. She is seated by his grave. Although she obviously wears an expression of grief, she actually manages to remain quite composed. A single tear runs down her cheek and she is watched by a white or grey horse whose head is right behind her. In the background red flowers are blooming.

In spite of her loss and intense sorrow, the woman is able to maintain her composure and stay calm. She is determined to stay strong in spite of the circumstances in which she finds herself. In some cultures death is a positive event, a reason for celebration. The woman’s loss pains her, but her loss is only of an earthly nature. Death is merely a transition; we are after all spiritual beings having a human experience and not the other way round. Therefore it is to be rejoiced that her husband passes on to the Other World: he has reached the next phase of his journey. The flowers that are blooming in the distance may represent the good and blissful things in life which make it worth suffering for, but they are removed from the scene and appear quite far away. They are only a blur, a hint of a promise that better times are to come. In addition, the woman does not see them but keeps her gaze fixed on the body of her husband, the reason for her suffering.

In hard times, it is easy for us to get enveloped by feelings of hardship, pain, sacrifice and distress at life’s unfairness. We get swept away on a murky wave which brings us to a place where only shadows dwell. Sometimes we cannot find the will or energy to clutch at a rock and pull us out of the current. Instead, we prefer to drift for a while on this gloomy river of hurt feelings and pessimistic thoughts. Take care though not to let the current take you where you do not want to go. If it takes you too far, it will only get harder and harder to get back. The only fairness in life is that there is an end to everything (earthly), including times of hardship and ill fortune. The universe is dynamic and however slowly it moves, however long you may find yourself in a downward spiral, nothing remains the same forever. Yet sometimes you are required to play your part and actively participate in the turning of the tide.

Key words and sentiments: there is an end to everything, better times will come, keep up faith, don’t get swept away by a negative current in your life, there’s always a light in the darkness, be strong, use your will power and the power of your mind.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lucy Goose
    Sep 10, 2010 @ 21:17:52

    ..that image seems far too chaotic to me. While it’s very pretty, it sort of.. ..defeats the purpose of “temperance”. The image suggests that the card is chaotic, which it isn’t.

    Maybe it would look better if the chaos was further behind the person, and faded out a little or something. Or if she herself looked more peaceful. I do like the fact that her skin is light-blue, though.


  2. Funky Chicken
    Sep 11, 2010 @ 07:58:55

    Lol, I just picked that picture because I liked it. And to me she actually embodies temperance because the image itself, as you said, is quite chaotic but she is not. The card is basically about a reaction to a chaotic situation (or at least that is what my card is telling me) so I think that it illustrates quite beautifully what Temperance is all about. However chaotic the circumstances, she remains calm, composed and in control.


  3. Lucy Goose
    Sep 11, 2010 @ 09:19:24

    It’s funny how the cards have subtle nuances that are different to each person interpreting them.


  4. Funky Chicken
    Sep 11, 2010 @ 10:23:09

    Yes, that’s what makes the cards so special. But I like to read what other people see in them, even though it may mean something slightly different to me. I guess it also depends on the deck and the energy of the cards.


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