14. Temperance

On the other side of Death is an alchemical angel.

The alchemist’s process of: solve et coagula (dissolve and bring together). The Death card was the solve/dissolve part. Temperance is the et coagula/bringing-together part.

In this coagulating process, a serenity and calm takes hold. Like working with a gentle curiosity and experimentation in the studio. A state of balance and focus is created by the constant flow and blending of the elements.

The alchemist here stands one foot in the earth (symbolising your resources), the other in the water (symbolising your intuition). Here balance is not a static state. It is a process, a rhythm and in flux. 

Journal Prompts

What are you brewing in your studio?

What do your Cups hold? Being that the Cups symbolise your emotions and intuition.

What Earth do you position your Cups upon? Being that Earth represents your resources and a practical approach.

Open a conversation between the feeling and the logistical elements of your creative process; leaving some space for them to overflow and alternate as they find their balance.

Self Portrait Prompt

Yourself amongst the resources you have at hand and balancing what you technically could do – with – what you intuitively feel like doing.

Image Credits

Illustrations from the Borderless Smith Waite Tarot Deck reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. The Smith-Waite Tarot deck is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Photographed by me.

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