Bohemian Gothic Tarot (Baba Studios, 2007), we are back to very subtle spookiness.
In this version of Temperance, a red-haired woman with white angel wings pours something from one cup to another. She wears an elegant lilac evening dress with dropped sleeves, and stands in front of a pool of calm water. Behind her, a hill rises, with rocks and trees and a light dusting of snow. The sky above is a pale pink.
Where, then, is the creepiness? Most obviously in the rocky outcropping to her left, where stones mingle with a skull, a snake, and a human face as fountain from which water pours. More subtly still, the liquid the angel pours from one cup to the other is blood red, at least in the cup we can see.
This card is often associated with balancing different elements and aspects. Likewise, it is sometimes tied to healing, which is a way of balancing our body and spirit. I certainly see that here, with her pouring blood from one cup into another, with symbols of death (skull) and healing (snake) beside her, and the clarity of water to wash away the pain and confusion.
Today, I need to find a better balance between getting lots done and procrastinating over the taxes, which I didn't touch yesterday! I also plan to arrange some healing appointments for Big Boy, who has been suffering a bit lately. Modern medicine has said it can do nothing more for him, at least in one regard, so it's time to try some other approaches...
I am grateful for the variety of healing modalities available in London.