Breakthrough or Breakdown???

For the next few months, I will choose cards from the African American Tarot deck as a prompt for my blog posts. Let’s see what spiritual insight I come up with!

King of Wands + 7 of Swords + Temperance

It’s coming.

Can you feel it?

You are on the brink of a major breakthrough or breakdown.

Which will you choose?

Jess was training for a marathon. A week prior to the event she decided to run the full length of the marathon in preparation. She’d trained for months and had confidence that she could complete the run in record time. The morning air was warm as she began her run. Mile 1 came and went, as did Mile 2, 3, 4, 5.... Jess felt good. After another few miles Jess’ joints began to ache due to the humidity in the air. She remembered the possibility of rain showers. Intermittently rain falls. Jess continues. Intermittent drops become drizzle. Jess shrugs it off and continues. Thunder roars in the balance. It’s mile 15. Jess is on a roll and refuses to let a little rain stop her.

The storm comes. The rain, now heavier, begins to fall and threatens Jess’ resolve. She is determined to complete her run but is starting to worry. “The road is slick, what if I slip? My knees hurt. Another 11 miles. I don’t think so.” Jess is now considering all the reasons why she should stop running. Weary; she begins to slow down…

Jess has a choice. She can allow her thoughts and the physical conditions to impede her progress or she can push on. This goes for you as well. Will you allow stinkin’ thinkin’ or unpleasant conditions to slow you down or stop you? Or will you rise above the lower nature and  tap into your passion? Will you remain determined in the face of obstacles? Or will you throw in the towel? Will you choose moderation and discipline? Or will you overindulge and forgo your purpose?

This is your time.

Choose wisely.

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Tarot Lessons: Temperance

The tarot is a great tool for garnering insight. It often calls me out on my bullshit and pushes me to evolve beyond limited ways of thinking and being. Having the tarot is like having a friend who isn't afraid to tell you EXACTLY like it is. Tarot isn't concerned with tact or your feelings.

Since I've begun familiarizing myself with the tarot one particular card has fallen again and again. That card is Temperance

Visually Temperance has a soothing presence. It depicts an angel, standing with one foot submerged in water and the other on land. He/She holds two cups, mixing two elixirs. There is a path behind the angel that leads to a gold crown sitting above mountain peaks. 

Temperance has come, gently nudging me to actively seek balance and harmony within my being. It reminds me that my journey is extremely personal and that it is up to me to find the right mixture for moving forward boldly. Temperance reminds me of the importance of balancing my emotional awareness with logic and practicality. Hence, one foot in water and the other on earth.

It also indicates that victory and enlightenment will be found on this path. 

I am grateful for the messages I receive from spirit via the tarot. Moment by moment, day by day I am evolving and Temperance is being used to aid in my growth. 

In what ways has divination helped you evolve?