The Card of the Day: Temperance (Reversed)
“Nothing in Excess.”
Temperance signifies balance, moderation, and slowing down. This card represents your inner "stress barometer" which notifies you when your mind and body are under too much strain. When Temperance appears it is time to give your body more of what it needs right now, in order to restore your equilibrium. The card encapsulates finding the right balance between two opposing forces, in order to restore harmony.
Does your body "act up" when you are stressed? Do you get strange sensations that make you worry you might have something seriously wrong with you? Do you listen to your inner needs when you are spread too thin, or do you "power" through it, depleting yourself further?
The angel on the Temperance card represents your higher self, which knows just how much of anything you can endure. The angel is pouring just the right amount of water from one cup, to replenish the other. This represents your need to replenish what has been depleted. The angel also has one foot on dry land, and the other foot in the stream. This symbolizes that although he is operating in the "real world" (the dry land), he still keep one foot in contact with what his inner self needs (the stream). The path behind him leads to a bright destination. If you follow the angel's example and look after your equilibrium, you will also find a healthier, happier future awaiting you.
We like to think our daily lives make so many demands on us, and we would take better care of ourselves if we just had the time. However, these are demands we expect from ourselves. Not wanting to disappoint others makes us jump through circles and hoops, to be Superman or Superwoman. All the while we slowly deplete ourselves to a point where we need rescuing! Temperance gently guides you to protect your own health and well being first. In that way you will have plenty to share with others. To restore your balance, what is your body signalling to you that it needs? More water? More rest? Some quiet time?
Today, wrap yourself in the angel's wings, and lovingly give your body what it needs. Do this and tomorrow will be golden.
If Temperance appears reversed, it signifies a need for balance to be restored. Temperance Reversed calls your attention to areas of your mind and body where there are knots of tension and asks you to release them. The Angel on the card symbolizes the need to surrender current stress to the Divine. It also calls you toward reconnecting with what is personally sacred to you. The imagery of flowing water on the card signifies the healing properties of water. An easy way to restore equilibrium is to give your body more water. This can do wonders for your mood and energy level. If you are able, it would also be a good idea to reconnect with the bodies of water in nature. Rivers, lakes and oceans naturally have a soothing effect which can release accumulated stresses that are rifling your mind and heart.
Temperance is all about balance and moderation. When this card appears reversed you will find that it is necessary to release excess: Excessive worry about a particular issue, excessive focus on only one area of your life, excessive consumption of something that depletes your energy, excessive escapism, excessive obsessions. Your personal energy field needs to be cleared to move forward at this time. If you find yourself excessively doing one thing, shift your energy to focusing on another aspect of your life that would benefit from your attention. Know that where you are today, is just where you need to be. Be okay with areas of focus being “works in progress,” including yourself.