Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Intuitive Tuesday -- Temperance Reversed & Nine of Cups (Reversed)

Every Tuesday I select one card and give you my interpretation of it. See how it applies to your life and ask, "What messages are here for you?"

As I shuffled the cards to select this week's Intuitive Tuesday tarot card, I said, "Tell me what messages I need to bring to my readers this week." I selected Temperance (reversed) from the Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti and Barbara Moore.

To confirm the message and impressions I was getting, I pulled a second card, the Nine of Cups (reversed), which has a similar meaning to Temperance (reversed)...thus confirming today's messages.

Temperance is one of the Major Arcana cards, which indicates an overall life theme or spiritual lesson. Temperance in its upright position is a card of moderation, blending, taking a middle course or combining energies.

In its reversed position, it can indicate being extreme in one's behavior and or some type of excessive behavior or lack of balance.

The Nine of Cups (reversed) -- the card that confirmed today's message for me -- is a card of being out of balance as well, smugness, too much of a good thing, greed, overindulgence, etc.

These two cards combined may be a heads-up that something may be out of balance in your life.

The underlying thought might be, "If this is good for me, more of it must be even better."

This reminds me of my father's saying, "Everything in moderation...including moderation."

To me this means that things work best when there is balance and moderation. Whenever you get too into anything, there is a tipping point and it can become excessive and possibly bad for you.

Think about things that are labeled as "good for you." Even broccoli, exercise, and religion, can be taken to an extreme.

I remember my college professor in Micro-economics describing it as decreasing marginal utility. He gave the example of eating potato chips. When you eat your first chip, it tastes DELICIOUS and you want another chip. As you continue, there comes a point when your enjoyment increases at a slower rate...and at some point actually diminishes (possibly after a couple of handfuls of chips).

Today's cards -- Temperance (reversed) and the Nine of Cups (reversed) -- ask you to take a look at what you might be doing that is good for you (in moderation), but may not be as good when taken to the extreme.

Does something pop up for you as you are reading these words? If so, perhaps slowing down a bit may be helpful for you. Stopping excessive behavior and introducing temperance may be just what you need.



Bonnie said...

Hi Sheri,

I can relate to this. I've gotten into a bad habit at night. When my hubby and I sit down to relax and watch tv I've been having a "drink" to relax. It's not something I would normally do. I'm not much of a drinker I find myself looking forward to it during the day. I know it's not healthy "every" night.

I think I need to find other ways to relax...maybe save this for once or twice a week.

Mad Hatter said...

This totally hits me like a sack of potatoes (or potato chips)! Lately I've been totally out of balance - working at my day job way too much and eating very fattening and unhealthy food and at the same time missing out on time walking the dog, exercising, and just taking time to breathe and be me. I want very badly to bring the balance back, but because my actual job is overflowing, I'm having such a hard time managing that - as someone who likes and needs to do a "good job" on things, it's hard when you're set up to either be imbalanced and get it done, or be balanced and be behind. Sigh. I'm not sure how to get around this, so I just keep trying to push through. I am starting to say 'no' to my boss when she tries to schedule extra meetings with me, so that's a step in the right direction! Thanks for the much-needed reminder that I need to work on this, Sheri. (and thank you for your ever-supportive comments - I always feel so encouraged by your positive and radiant messages! XOXO)

Kim said...

Hey Sheri - I know exactly what this card is pointing to.... thank you for making it even more apparent! :)
Blessings to you in abundant moderation,

Phoebe said...

Hmmm, yeah. I so hear you. Too much drama, not enough exercise in my life. Definitely need to find my equanimity. Always a balancing act!!

L said...


For a while now, I gotten into a worldwind of worry and lazy habit.

My spirit and body is telling me that I'm out balance. latley, been getting a small headaches and sorness. Time to go back to the pilates and yoga classes to recenter myself.