the RWS Temperance card
I found the following which I would like to share with you when talking about Temperance.
I am quoting the “Evolution through the Tarot” by Richard Gardner, page 60:
“For survival, mind and feelings must be allowed expression in order to develop and merge. They are equal powers; their marriage can bring forth untold fruits that will result from androgen consciousness. Wilde was a visionary on this point: ‘The mere existence of consciousness is a sign of our imperfect development. It must be merged in instinct before we become fine. Self-denial is simply a method by which man arrests his development.’ ”
Here I immediately connected 2 of the 4 element that can compose us – swords and the air element (mind) and cups and the water element (feelings).
I would like to add the other 2 elements being Fire (Wands) being passion, energy and power and then Earth (Pentacles) and our stability and even our senses.
I feel that we may all have an obvious affiliation and connection with one particular element so it easier to connect to that element and here is where the first idea of temperance comes in.
I personally don’t wear a watch but still manage to get through the day, week and or month knowing when to do different things (like payroll and month end at work; having the weekends off and having our Sunday walk in the park with the dogs).
Basically, each of the 4 elements relate to seasons too:
Earth to Winter
Air to Spring
Water to Autumn and
Fire to Summer.
I feel that time in itself is something that requires temperance whether we naturally allow things to happen or whether we try to initiate things.
As an additional thing the elements also have the following connections:
Earth: Night time; our feet and Archangel Uriel
Air: Dawn; our heads; Archangel Raphael
Water: Evening; our hearts; Archangel Gabriel and
Fire: Noon; the Sacrel centre; Archangel Michael.
An interesting thing with the Temperance card is that the 2 jugs that are used can be seen as the conscious and sub conscious and how hard it can be for us to combine them or balance them.