|Mystic Faerie 2007, Deck of the Bastard 2013|
The Nine of Swords usually represents troubling thoughts or bad dreams. (In the Mystic Faerie deck, the swords are represented by the red thorns on the vine.) The only troubling thoughts I've been having lately are about my gooshy thighs, so chances are today's will be not much different than the usual. (Though I actually did have a really weird dream last night, most of which I cannot remember except for one scene where I am in my grandmother's house and find a back room that I never knew about, in which there is an empty hospital bed with green sheets, and a chair in the corner holding what looks like a lifesize doll. The doll suddenly stands up and starts giving me a review of the contents of the room, and she's in nurse's scrubs wearing a surgical mask, but for some reason has a pig snout. I hurry out of the room and someone tells me the thing was provided by the hospital and is 'one of those new electronic people things called a "slave"'. But I digress).
Of course Temperance, though its occult meaning has more to do with alchemy, in readings is taken to mean moderation or a middle path. I don't really know why Temperance is an unpopular card, as actually, moderation and a middle path are the keys to nearly everything. The woman in the image on the card (actually an angel) is holding a cup in her left hand, and I have no idea what is dangling from her right hand. Possibly a shackle? I don't recognize it.
So when trouble raises its head today, I will try remember not to bash it back down with a sledgehammer, but to be more temperate.