This is the tarot card that most clearly depicts what I experience in the healing state. Some people might think this is odd, that maybe the Star, or Sun card would be more appropriate.
One of the traditional meanings of Temperance is moderation, and over the years I have read several writers who say Temperance is not their favorite card. I get that. I mean, who wants to moderate anything? Especially after this last year of everything being moderated.
Yet, beyond moderation is balance and harmony. I have written before how I describe the healing state as that place of perfect equilibrium, of the place of ‘suspended enoughness.’ Where the flow of the water between the cups becomes still, and that stillness contains all movement.
According to Rachel Pollack in her book The New Tarot Handbook (Rachel Pollack is a genius, by the way, and I have a signed copy of this book):
” Notice that what the angel is doing is impossible, since water will not pour at an angle. One meaning of this card is to calmly do something you used to think was beyond your capabilities. The angel appears so peaceful, focused, even unemotional, yet the wings beat so powerfully the picture cannot contain them.”
Imagery is powerful. Art often opens me up to the next level of what is possible.
Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork Monday- Friday.