Sitting, waiting for class to begin on Friday night, I decided to do a quick 3-card draw, mainly to start learning how tarot functions as a predictive tool. It’s not how I aim to use it, primarily, but it’s part of the package so I should familiarise myself with that aspect as well. Aaand, I thought it would be an interesting little experiment. Luckily, Tarot Nusantara had come along for the ride!
King of Wands – Temperance – Page of Swords
First off: how fantastic are those cards? There’s something about this combination that just filled me with comfort and ease when I turned them over. An “Aaaaaaah…” moment. Maybe it’s just the sight of Temperance with her bright, pink wings, dancing in the middle. There is no place for anxiety or doubt or hesitation when Temperance dances.
King of Wands and Page of Swords flanking. Ruler and Child. Not forgetting that the Page is also the Princess, so, my most common significator. There is a very free, childlike air to the Page, especially in comparison to the King, but it isn’t a *bad* thing. It’s an… openness. A good match for the bright, inspiring spirituality of the Wands. “Don’t forget that play is necessary, even when business is serious.” I am drawn to the birds flocking and the Page’s green mantle, as well as the Page’s stance, which is much like a dance pose as well.
There seems to be some reticence in the King’s pose – facing away from the other two cards – but to me it looks more like he’s guarding the way or watching for something. The lion on his throne looks like it is clawing at him; no, pawing at him, the way cats will when they’re trying to get your attention or play with you. I also notice that the colours of the King and the Page are very similar: peachy oranges and deep reds. Two sides of the same coin?
Well, yes: fire and air, passion vs. reservation, inspiration vs. analysis, being engaged vs. staying reserved. There’s also a certain courage to the Page, which matches well with the King’s necessary personal fortitude. And back to Temperance. OMG! Temperance! I’ve been getting Death, Death, Death for nearly 2 weeks and who comes after Death? Was this past week from the bowels of hell a purge? I feared a backslide of epic proportions, but could it have been a last hoorah as I wave goodbye to old patterns?
Ooooh. Something else I’m noticing in Temperance is the water-earth balance; one foot on each, fire and air on either side. There is a very strong theme of integration and balance in this spread and what heartens me is that there is no force necessary and no antagonism that I can see. There’s also a contrast between the apparently harsh, dry landscapes in the King and Page and the lush greenery in Temperance. Just follow the path up the mountain towards the light…
ETA: Our teacher gifted me one of her Shiva lingam pendulums! I had a brief moment of feeling like I had manipulated her into it, but I know she isn’t the kind of person who could be manipulated like that. So I will enjoy this gift in the spirit it was given to me and step bravely into… whatever comes next.