Today, I am working with the Shadowscapes Tarot, one I haven’t used in a while. The cards I threw are Temperance reversed and The Sun. Wow!!
Temperance corresponds with Sagittarius (“I seek,” philosophic, adventurous, blundering) Fire (hot/separates and dry/shapes, and spontaneous, impulsive, energetic change), Samekh (the tent post), and the Path between Yesod (the place where patterns and images emerge that may manifest into the physical world of action and outer reality) and Tiphareth (the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify), and presents one version of the concept of balance: balance achieved through knowledge and experience of extremes. If you split the Major Arcana cards into two horizontal categories, theory and practice, and two vertical categories, active and passive, Temperance falls in the middle of the passive practice cards. You could say that it presents a balanced version of active, outer energy and passive, inner energy, and even if releasing that which cannot be changed does not solve the problem, it will allow the return of this beautiful balance.
The Shadowscapes Temperance card shows a woman working with a dragon and a phoenix, maintaining a balance of opposites by providing small adjustments here and there, as needed. “Without water, fire rages utterly unchecked and all-consuming, burning itself out eventually in a terrible conflagration. And without fire, the waters are lightless and drowning, flooding until there is only a still, silent mirror of nothing.” Limits need to be defined in order to achieve balance.
The Sun corresponds with Fire (hot/separates and dry/shapes, spontaneous, impulsive and energetic change), our Sun (the inner core of a person or situation), Resh (the face; reason), and the Path between Yesod (the place where patterns and images emerge that may manifest in the physical world) and Hod (provides analysis and communication), and it tells of a time of enlightenment and peace that comes after the completion of some ordeal.
The Sun is golden and warm, and its light illuminates all. We are reminded within the Shadowscapes Sun card that our Sun is a star, similar to the twinkling lights of night. However the light of our Sun lights our world so its splendor can be perceived.
The Shadowscapes Tarot does not have reversals, so I am going to interpret that reversed Temperance card as telling me that balance will be achieved today, but not by expected methods. Things might seem to be upside-down today, but that in itself can offer balance, and if I believe that for today, even an upside-down balance will turn to golden light, I will end the day with a smile on my face. Both of these cards have golden fire on them, the phoenix on Temperance and the sun on The Sun. Light will lace its way through the day, hopefully allowing me to see in all the dark corners.