Living Tarot: Temperance

Moon In Selene

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“What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter – soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.” Henri Matisse 

We have often been told, “All things in moderation.” A reminder to enjoy the bounty around us without the folly of excess. Overall, it is very good advice we should certainly endeavor to heed in our daily lives. Of course, some days are more moderate than others – not to worry, there is always tomorrow. In fact, tomorrow is the great gift of Temperance.

I would like to dismiss the idea of Temperance as disdain, restriction, or abstinence. Carrie Nation is not welcome here and need not apply. (Don’t know Carrie? Check her out at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_Nation).

It is important to understand our humanity is the combination of elements, virtues and…

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