This woman makes me think of women who go veiled. She wears a scarf that covers her chin, neck and upper chest. A bizarre hat a bit like a pointy marshmallow covers her head, so no hair can be seen. Her dark dress covers all else, down to her wrists. She appears to sit at a table, or perhaps stand at a window sill, pouring some fluid from a jug into a cup. Her gaze seems to drift over to a bird standing on the table or sill, perhaps wondering at its freedom to fly.
This Temperance feels so restrained to me. Caught in a room, trapped by her clothes, limited to the small movements she can make and what she can see from her window. I guess moderation can be enforced from outside, or can come from an inner force. And perhaps she chose those clothes, that room, for just that reason: to create some boundaries.
Today, my main limitation is time. There are so many things I would like to do, but only a limited number of hours in the day to do them. Still, it's all about the balance, about prioritising and bringing a harmonious mix of elements into our lives. While I won't be able to spend the whole day on my current favourite project, I will make time to exercise, to play with my son, to talk with my mother when she comes to visit, to cuddle my Dear One, to email friends. Sounds like a pretty well-rounded day to me!
I am grateful for a varied and vibrant life.