Writing Prompt: June 19 2016: Tarot Card “Temperance”

Welcome to another Sunday writing prompt. Continuing along in this series, exploring the Major Arcana of the Tarot Deck, we come to the card “Temperance.”

the definition of temperance is:
1. moderation or self-restraint in action, statement, etc.; self-control.
2. habitual moderation in the indulgence of a natural appetite or passion, especially in the use of alcoholic liquors.
3. total abstinence from alcoholic liquors.

In relation to this particular card? Technically, it holds no bearing whatsoever.

And so, here are SOME of the general associations of this card:

Balance, moderation, transformation, healing, flow, connection, purpose, direction, patience. Conversely, there are “negative” associations attributable to this card as well – namely, the opposite of any of the above mentioned characteristics and traits.

A traditional tarot card is portrayed with some very important and significant elements and symbols. And if you’d like to venture into more depth and exploration then you can always launch yourself from here:

One of the most important symbols and elements in this card is the “flow of water” – which upon consideration, is significant in terms of appreciating and understanding how flow in our lives can be healthy, and easy – as in natural – or whether it is turbulent, rough or blocked. It’s about energy and the dynamics of engagement and interplay and action. So this is something to bear in mind as you consider this card.


Writing assignment? The card is your point of inspiration – as a topic – literally or broadly considered. How you choose to interpret is up to you.

You have a week to write to this prompt. Please share your responses by creating a link to this post, or a ping back, as well as linking to Mr. Linky. Include the tags MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie, Writing Prompt, and tarot card “Temperance” in your posts, please.

And for a visual inspiration that is a NON-TRADITIONAL representation?



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    • I’m sorry, I’m chuckling …. not because it’s funny but because this is a very honest response. You don’t need to feel weird about it – but for whatever reasons that it unfolds this way, it does. And if it bothers you? Well, you can always try another approach. Either focus on a positive element – each card holds both positive and negative elements. Or re-write the story – as in re work the piece you’ve done – or write a new one – and make the effort to write it from a “good place” – then compare. I would suggest that whatever happens as you read, react and respond, it happens for a reason.


      • well you know, if people can only determine what they think is going on with a person, then that’s really limited. Especially based on creative writing. So perhaps your mind just needs to explore “darker things” just because it usually isn’t part of your IRL make up. And that’s fine too – besides, the content doesn’t necessarily reflect on a person’s character – was Agatha Christie a murderous type? Or what about Stephen King? Edgar Allen Poe? the list is endless …. so if that is where your mind wants to wander …. and if people will wonder …. then does it matter?

        Hope you have a great day and wonderful week 🙂

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