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I can’t tell you how much I am enjoying Who Are You in the Tarot? - if you don’t have this book yet, I highly recommend it. Tonight I’ve been learning about my name cards. The systems are too much to explain in a blog (and just one more reason you should buy the book!), and I don’t plan to share my full (real) name on here, so this might be rather cryptic.

First I did this with the full name I was given at birth.

       

My Desires and Inner Motivation Card - Justice
(All the vowels in your name, converted to numbers, added up and reduced to a Major Arcana value.)
How fitting, that! Being a Libra, my life is all about balance, justice, and rightness. This card rings so true that I don’t even have to analyze it any further than this. What do I seek? Balance and justice.

My Outer Persona Card - The Hanged Man
(All the vowels in your name, converted to numbers, added up and reduced to a Major Arcana value.)
Hmmm, interesting. It is true that I give in a lot, or rather I just “surrender” and let others do as they will. It’s just easier that way. Easier to keep the peace (Libra, you know). 

My Destiny Card - Temperance
(All the vowels and consonants together, added up and reduced to a Major Arcana value.)
Again, I see more balancing here. I’ve always felt a special kinship to Temperance, because it seems like my ideal. Peace, balance, moderation.

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Since I was married before (as discussed in my Ten Years post) I had a different name. When I divorced, I decided to keep that name because I had established myself with that name in my professional world, and didn’t want to draw attention to the fact that I’d just gotten divorced. I still have mixed feelings about that choice, but nonetheless, for the past ten years I’d had that name, so it seems fitting to calculate my name cards using that name.

            

My Desires and Inner Motivation Card - The Lovers
Ha! Well, certainly, for the past ten years all I have wanted is to love and be loved. I was so utterly dedicated to my ex-husband that it nearly killed me. And I’ve finally found true, deep love with Darling.

My Outer Persona Card - Strength
Strength. Hooooly crap, this is so right on. I can’t tell you from how many people, and in how many situations, I’ve been told about how strong I am (even if I don’t feel like I am). Very interesting.

My Destiny Card - The Heirophant
A stickler for the damn rules, eh? Well, okay, yeah.

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Since I have recently gotten married, my name has changed, and thus — my destiny is also changing! The name is still so new to me that I feel as if I’m still easing into it. I’m finally changing over all of my accounts and everything to this new name, at which point it will finally be official. The change is so welcome, but at the same time it feels very strange. I think, because I know this is the name I will have for the rest of my life. I’m anxious to see these name cards.

            

My Desires and Inner Motivation Card - Strength
I mean! Wow. So my desires and inner motivation correspond exactly with my personality and soul cards. This is both amazing and (again) not surprising.

My Outer Persona Card - The Moon
Ah, a woman of mystery. Well, I’m fine with that.

My Destiny Card - Strength
And you’re telling me that my destiny is the very same thing as my desires and inner motivation? This is just… unbelievable! 

As is becoming my routine, I did a tarot reading for the month of September. I used my Wildwood Tarot deck, since it is quickly becoming my favorite, but I don’t have a good way to scan the cards in or anything, so I’ll represent them with images from the Thoth deck.

First, I did a one-card reading for this current week. It’s a transition week; the end of August and the beginning of September. I drew the Six of Swords. Wildwood Tarot calls this Six of Arrows - Transition, and that seems rather appropriate to me. This week is all about leaving behind August and moving forward toward the next month.

So the September reading will be one card to give an overall view of the entire month (including the days in this transition week), and one card for each week after this week.

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Month: Nine of Arrows - Dedication (Nine of Swords)
Right off the bat, I can see that this is going to be a difficult month. Tarot training has taught me that 9/S means Worry; Wildwood says Dedication; Thoth says Cruelty. Yes, it’s going to be a hard month. This is really *not* what I was hoping for my September. This month is full of challenges and events (like my birthday) that I want to go well. Wildwood’s Nine of Arrows looks like an archer trying to find calm and retain her bow and arrows amidst a whirlwind.

Week 1: Six of Bows - Abundance (Six of Wands)
This week looks positive. Abundance, victory, things are in order. I’ll need to soak up as much positive energy as I can this week, and keep it with me throughout the month.

Week 2: Five of Arrows - Frustration (Five of Swords)
This card is frustration and defeat, no matter how I look at it. Do you know how much I don’t want to hear this? However, it comes after a week of abundance, so it seems rather fitting, considering it is September, and I am a Libra, and my life is about balance.

Week 3: Ten of Bows - Responsibility (Ten of Wands)
Wildwood says Responsibility; Thoth says Oppression; I say: as usual. Not that I usually feel oppressed, but that it’s pretty normal for me to be harboring a heavy feeling of responsibility. This is an important week, filled with events I am really wanting/needing to go well. I’ll take the responsibility and forget the oppression!

Week 4: 14 Balance (Temperance)
Wildwood says Balance; Thoth says Art. Either way, I say: bring it on! After what looks like two pretty stressful weeks, I’ll be looking forward to some balance. Again, so fitting for me, for September.

In addition, I find it interesting that this month is all Swords and Wands! No Cups, no Pentacles for me? Only one of the Major Arcana, but at least it’s a good one! I guess this month is all about being prodded and swept along with the flow, and I’ve just got to keep up.

As I’m dealing with some overwhelming health problems lately, it occurred to me that perhaps a body/mind/spirit spread is just what I need to help me bring myself back into some sort of center. I settled on a Celestial deck for this one.

     

Body - Death
So my body is going through some sort of transition. A death, and thus, a new beginning. I’m going to take this as a good omen, because I really need a change for my body. I’m kind of getting to my wit’s end as the narcolepsy symptoms are getting worse, so perhaps this is a signal that the end of my struggles with this is nigh.

Mind - Five of Wands
Struggling with stressful situations? Could this card be any more right on? Due to the health issues, I’ve been extremely stressed out (which only fuels the stupid sleep issues), not only at work but at home and just in general. If the cards want me to be patient and endure a bit longer, well, I’ll do what I must.

Spirit - Temperance
Oh, Temperance, you are what I am constantly seeking. What my spirit longs for! I did not need a tarot spread to tell me this. I hope, however, this is means I will actually find some temperance soon, with the resolution of mister Death up there.