figure in the card is an angel. This holy being is neither male nor female
but represents the fusion of the two polar opposites-the angel is
androgynous. As such, he or she has the ability to manifest a greater
awareness of the more subtle structures of life without the conflict of
duality. The angel has a halo, which indicates that Divine Guidance is
present in the current situation.
The task confronting the querent is to
integrate and balance the ideal held in the heart with the more pragmatic
circumstances of life. The chalices holding the water reveal the abundance
of feeling and sentiment that are key to the situation in question. The act
of pouring this water from one cup to the other reflects the need to
harmonize and equate spiritual love with earthly existence. The spiritual
cup of water (love) is higher than the earthly cup. Thus the more that the
querent can integrate impersonal and compassionate feelings into the
situation, the better the outcome.
The process of increasing one's use of spiritual insight on
the path of personal development leads one to the Path to the sun
(Divinity). The mountains in the reading
represent the goal of spiritual
initiation, while the irises indicate the presence of faith (in your own
process of growth). Iris is the Greek goddess of the rainbow. She represents
the bridge between heaven and Earth. Please note that the an- gel has the
Hebrew letters for the Divine Name (YHVH) on its robe. The triangle within
the square has the same meaning we saw in The Hanged Man card: three (the
Trinity of active creativity) and four (physical manifestation). Added
together, these two numbers give us seven (a cycle of growth); multiplied,
twelve (a cycle completed).
Temperance card tells us that any personal action taken towards the
completion of a certain cycle or task may appear to be happening at a slower
pace than desired. The querent need not force things because the de- sired
outcome will take place, but not at the speed he might prefer. Recognize
that Divine Intent is at work here. The querent must be patient while
learning how to understand that he or she is part of a greater cycle of
are hindering the fulfillment of one's goal. The querent is frustrated and
impatient with the course of action that circumstances dictate. This lack of
patience may cause him to make poor decisions. If he persists, he may even
prevent a positive outcome to his previous efforts. If the querent can
achieve a certain degree of detachment (especially from the emotional side
of things), a more effective route of action may be created.
development of patience and the temperance of personal desire is required.
One may learn self- control through discipline and one-pointedness.
penetration and expansion of the conscious mind into the unknown
(subconscious) realm of life's potential is possible and available through