The Card of the Day: Temperance
“Nothing too much.”
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.