I was a bit surprised where this card took me. In my ongoing personal journey through the Major Arcana in various ways (the Fool’s Journey is another where I am telling the tale of the Fool as he meets the various Majors), this is the poetry version. Using the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, I look at the card. I write down nine words that come to me. Some are simple descriptions of the cards while others are impressions I get. I try to relinquish what I already know. That is difficult. It is hard to separate the many years of study and approach this with a beginner’s or Fool’s mind.
I invite you to join me. Look at the same card in your favorite deck. I am using the RWS for its familiarity for most of us. But you take your own Temperance. Write down nine words about that card. Then craft a poem for that card using those nine words somehow. I love this as a writing exercise.
See the other poems of the Major Arcana here.
The Nine Words: Stand Pour Scarlet Gold Path Lily Gaze Foot Wings
Stand like a terra cotta soldier
Posed for an emperor’s pleasure
Wings stretched in supplication
One foot firm upon the green earth
One foot casting for stability
with only a lily to support me
Scarlet heralds life’s blood
Scarlet sheds all death’s blood.
Gold shimmers balancing the red
Continue on your seeker’s path
Take my lesson of balanced wings
Know moderation to know peace
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