Temperance - 14


TemperanceNumber 14 is the Temperance card.

Our first thought might go to the Temperance movement, made up, in its early days, of various organizations' attempts to control drunkenness and the violence that so often accompanies it. The answer to your question might therefore be moderation - so take the middle path and avoid extremes. Compromise and co-operation should be encouraged - within yourself, and with other people who are affected by your decisions.

This is one of the so-called cardinal virtues, so Temperance might also mean transformation. Can you take one way of behaving and turn it into another, better, more inclusive form? Can you turn a project that is designed to benefit just you into one that will improve the conditions of many people?

The angel is standing in water and on earth [two elements], and energy seems to be moving between the cups. Is the angel a transformer - as if something within its being is converting one form of energy into another?

Maybe. So what are the elements of the problem or of the situation you are dealing with? What are its parts? How can they be re-combined into a working or workable solution? We have to assume that there is a solution; we just need to be inventive and find it.

The change itself, or the process of change, will probably be intense so don't be surprised if a lot of effort is required. It might help to think of what is involved in tempering metal - heating it to extreme temperatures in order to burn off impurities. The final product is stronger and better, but getting there can be a sweaty and noisy, industrial process. Keep your mind on the desired outcome; it has already been achieved in your mind because you've seen it and given it life; it will soon enough materialize. It may be handy to remember that: Obstacles, as Henry Ford once said, are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.

People used to laugh at alchemists and their efforts to transmute lead into gold. Maybe what they were really doing was taking something dull and ordinary and making it valuable. Can you, too, take ordinary behaviour and characteristics and turn them into worthy qualities that make a difference?

Eggs - actly
Think of an egg. Crack it open, and you find the white and a yolk and a speck. If you leave the egg whole and apply heat, the contents will transform themselves into a bird with feathers, internal organs, a brain, and so on. You would not have imagined a bird when you looked at the gooey mess.

Or mix flour, water, salt, oil and yeast and you have dough. Put it in a sealed container - an oven rather than an egg - and apply heat, and it will turn into a loaf. The finished product is so very different from the starting point; you couldn't have imagined it.

So, you are in the process of becoming a whole that is much greater than the sum of the individual parts. Let the process fulfill its needs. The apparent problem, if you can stand the heat, will become something else. We might remember Henry Ford again because he is quoted as saying: You cannot conquer the material plane from that level; you must go up one step into the plane of mind. The conquest is always from above.

If Henry can revolutionize manufacturing with a production line, you can do what you have to do.