Sunday tarot song: Temperance


Meet in the Middle – Diamond Rio

So there I was, midday, hungover, sweeping the floor of the club where I’d danced my socks off with a bunch of beautiful people some 12 hours earlier, and this song came on. I’d never actually heard it before.

And it made me think of Temperance a whole different way. I’ll usually think of this card in a fairly traditional kinda way, with interpretations centring on harmony between different elements of yourself, a balance of energies.

In Meet in the Middle, a couple have a simple formula for getting through arguments. They compromise – duh! From the opposite points of their opposing views they each walk towards the other till they find a spot where they can meet and agree. Which usually happens to be the old Georgia pine where they were wed all those years ago. Awww.

Anyway it totally made me think of how Temperance could also represent finding the compromise. Giving a little and forgiving a little to make a relationship or project work.

I start walkin your way you start walkin mine
we meet in the middle neath that old Georgia pine
We gain a lot of ground cuz we both give a little
aint no road to long when we meet in the middle.

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  1. Tango says:

    This song! I seemed to have stuffed it in a box with childhood memories in the back of my mind. XD But yes, I generally see temperance as riding the middle line. (And I like Rachel Pollack’s note that that middle line generally involves taking no action.)

    The most recent manifestations of Temperance for me is that my deck has been pointing to it as a bad habit that has led to misfortunes. It was really odd to me, at first, to see Temperance as a negative behavior. As a mutable sign, I successfully & easily assumed the role of Temperance in keeping the peace with my roommates. But with too much Temperance, I lost my own shape. I became the flow between the cups rather than the cup holder I guess.

    Sometimes we have to work on loosening our grip and meeting in the middle more often, & sometimes we have to stand firm in ourselves and meet in the middle a little less.

    • Beth says:

      OMG I completely agree, to the point of stubbornness. Learning to compromise, just sometimes, is a big learning curve for me but it’s definitely possible to be too ready to compromise!

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