I opened my book “The Element Encyclopedia of Secret Signs and Symbols” to the page about the tarot card temperance this afternoon, well death is on that page too but we won’t talk about that—although it’s not a bad thing, as it states, “it does not signify a physical death but rather a change, an ending, or a new beginning.” Whew!
Okay temperance. Here is what it says from “The Element Encyclopedia of Secret Signs and Symbols” and I love this because it is so appropriate to the times;
Temperance is one of the cardinal virtues. It speaks of self-restraint, carefulness, and moderation. It also implies an easy-going nature, a sensible person that is wise enough not to be caught up in petty concerns, who can see the bigger picture.
The card shows a female figure, often winged, signifying a messsenger from God. She wears a five-petaled flower in her hair that is often a hidden symbol for the five-pointed star or pentacle. The key feature, however, are the two jugs that she holds, pouring liquid from one to the other. One jug is blue and the other red; an alchemical process is at work here, because blue, a feminine color, mixing with the masculine red, produces violet, the color of the spirit.—continues page 206 of the book “The Element Encyclopedia of Secret Signs and Symbols”.
Wouldn’t it be nice if our red and blue states could be poured together to make us all violet! Seriously though, I have to think about this…..