Deck: The Witches Tarot
Spread: Card of the Day
Date: Thu Apr 16 09:04:46 EDT 2015
XIV • Temperance (Upright)
The Greek goddess of the rainbow, Iris, faces forward and stands at the edge of the water, her golden wings outstretched. Her sheer white gown has a golden triangle on the bodice, which signifies balance and creativity. Her gown flows softly around her, and one of Iris’s feet is on land while the other dips in the water. Neither on shore nor in the water, she is in an enchanted location where she is in both worlds—an in-between place.
In Iris’s hands are two different goblets, and she calmly pours water from one goblet into another. The water flows magickally out and about before ending up in the bottom goblet. There is an alchemical transformation taking place here; she is tempering the liquid in the goblets to find the right balance, or mixture. Behind Iris, the clouds have parted in the sky and a rainbow appears, representing hope, magick, and miracles. Around her on the green banks grow iris flowers in several different colors. The enchanting iris flowers symbolize “an eloquent message,” which suits the messenger goddess they were named after.
The Temperance card appears in a reading when it is time to be restrained, to be a little more tactful than usual, and to employ some moderation. This Major Arcana card represents the mixing of different magickal elements to create something new, like rain and sunlight make a rainbow. The Temperance card also stands for the personal alchemy of a spiritual transformation. Now is the time to work on the healing of your spiritual self.
This the perfect occasion to work on finding the correct balance, or “flow,” in your magick and your life. Watch for messages from the gods.
Keywords: Alchemy. Restoring equilibrium. Moderation, restraint, and tact. Find your balance, look for divine messages, and work on spiritual healing and transformation.
Deity Associations: Iris, Hebe.
Astrological Association: Sagittarius.
Reversed: Behaviors and actions that are out of balance. Addiction.