Moderation, harmony, common ground, balance
THE CARD’S STORY BY: SIMONA CANDINI
Temperance is a positive and optimistic card that teaches us that opposite forces can be tamed and be in harmony together. I chose to represent a centaur because it’s a wild creature of mythology, but my centaurette, despite her wild nature, can tame her instincts, the impulses of her spirit, in the same way that she can tame the water. Usually, the temperance card is represented by an angel, so this is why I decided to give wings to my centaurette. I’ve changed the classic water into a rainbow that is pouring from one golden cup to the other. A rainbow is the result of the reflection of light in water droplets and so it is essentially made of water, but at the same time it is a more suitable complement for an ethereal subject that is floating in the sky.
THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN
Gently, carefully, a winged Centaurette captures the essence of the rainbow. Balancing emotions perfectly, while keeping the differences between the colours, she pours it between two goblets, all the while mindful of the gentle sky creatures around her. Th is is a time for moderation and control. For appreciating the differences between those around you, and for finding common ground, despite, or even because of them. Try to be respectful and diplomatic in all your interactions, ensuring that you hear, and truly listen to both sides of any argument before making any choices. You don’t need to make a splash, or alienate people just to prove yourself right – try harmony instead.
MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: WINGED CENTAUR (CENTAURETTE)
In Greek mythology, centaurs were oft en portrayed as a monstrous creatures, giving in to their bestial sides. But there were some who were able to rise above their primal instincts, able to interact with and nurture humans and other centaurs. Th e winged centaur is suggestive of her angelic, “higher” nature, her ability to calmly face any hostility or conflict that comes her way, making her an ideal depiction of the Temperance figure.
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