©2011 L.Ciacco, XIV The Healer, Tarot Series, acrylic on watercolour paper, 7 x 5 in.
Generally if I think of "temperance" I associate it with not overdoing anything (especially drinking alcohol). But the Tarot card's meaning has more to do with the ability to remix the ways in which one lives one's life into a more harmonious combination. New solutions to old challenges can be found through careful analysis and patience while maintaining a well-balanced outlook on life. No going off the deep end here; no gnashing of teeth or rending of garments. We have the knowledge and ability within ourselves to heal those aspects of our lives that are out of balance. "Balance" is the key: bringing body, mind, heart, soul into a harmonious flow of energy and thereby being well in the world, no matter what the circumstances. The Healer gives us the opportunity to blend opposing elements that we have been struggling with in a seemingly leaden present into a new and harmonious combination, in order to produce a golden future.
In other words, "Physician, heal thyself!"