|Kevin in Sepia - Aubettere-sur-Dronne|
This one's for you Kev, my anchor, my ballast; this is how I see you, the many faces, reflective, pensive, a muscle man in Sepia tones, wearing the face I have looked at for 30 years--I know every line by heart, now etched on my soul.
And thanks for all the laughs!
I am using the "Temperance" card to illustrate the "Equinox" because it represents harmony, balance, inner change and transformation. Some would choose the JUSTICE card where the scales of Justice have their origin in Egyptian mythology, when after death there would be the weighing of the heart. The dead were judged by Anubis, using a feather, representing Ma'at, the goddess of Truth and Justice. Hearts heavier or lighter than the feather were rejected and eaten by Ammit, the Devourer of Souls. So take the opportunity this month to lighten your heart!
|Temperance Card -Ciro Marchetti, Legacy deck|
One definition of the "TEMPERANCE" card:
"Your Holy Guardian Angel appears in a fleeting golden moment, suspended in a beam of light. She draws the fire of heaven down from above as she summons earthly energy up from below. You are being prepared for an alchemical wedding, which will empower and transform you forever."*
In the Thoth Deck (the one I use most frequently), created by Aleister Crowley, the card is XIV - ART
It has been said that it is Diana, the Huntress, the Great Mother of Fertility and one of the lunar goddesses who is dressed in the green of creativity - performing her feats of alchemy, binding together fire and water, light and dark, male and female, death and rebirth. The melting of contradictions a major step toward oneness. Even the bees and the serpents on her robe have made an alliance. The whole card is characterized by symbols of integration and the unification of opposites.** A "marriage".
The Latin sentence inscribed on the sun translates to "examine the inner realms of the Earth, by cleansing you will find the hidden stone." There are several possible interpretations of this, but I am drawn to the idea of bringing creative forces into contact with earth energy. This card is the Consummation of the Royal Marriage which took place between the Emperor and Empress - VI THE LOVERS - The ceremony is performed by The Hermit, one of the forms of the god Mercury, completely hidden by his robes to symbolize that the origin of all things lies beyond the reach of the intellect. Again we have the union of opposites through Love, becoming conscious through relationship. Anam Cara, here's to our past lifetimes and possible future ones, but mostly to sharing the divine present...
|Lovers - Jardin du Luxembourg - Paris|
*The Book of Thoth (Egyptian Tarot) by the Master Therion (Aleister Crowley)
** Mirror of the Soul - Gerd Ziegler