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Temperance - A Steady Hand

Restarting the countdown to the Major and Minor Arcana of the Flights of Fantasy Tarot deck! To check out the previous 13 cards, click here!


Number: 14

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

The Temperance card speaks of moderation and balance. It is a call to align your energy and bring stability back into your life. In doing so, you will allow the cosmic life force to find a natural flow through your mind and body. The card is also a gentle reassurance to remain calm, even during moments of upheaval. The key is to maintain an even outlook, taking things in stride without stirring waves of controversy. This sensible approach, paired with tact and patience, will bring you ever-closer to your goal.

The artwork depicts a young woman playing a sitar. The Sitar is a plucked string instrument, which produces a sound quintessentially linked with Indian classical music. The woman plays beneath the spreading branches of a fig tree. In the Book of Deuteronomy, the fig, which is shaped like a womb, symbolizes our capacity to create marvels in moments of creative stillness. Similarly, the Buddha is stated to have achieved enlightenment while meditating under the Bodhi fig tree. The tree is synonymous with the history of human civilization. Its roots carry the memories of our collective consciousness, and its careful cultivation can enrich us with fruits throughout generations of past and present.

Let the sitar strings lull you, as the dappled sunlight shifts between the fig tree's branches. Ground yourself. Remember your own roots. Happiness can spring from the most secret places. Upright: Patience, moderation, the middle path.

Reversed: Extremes, controversy, being unbalanced.

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