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High arcan Temperance and Low arcan Two of Swords combinations:
- Don't make decisions in haste is the message here;
Card 1 - Temperance
An androgynous angel is the first thing you see on the Rider-Waite Temperance card; the angel’s appearance suggests an equilibrium between the sexes. The angel’s robe is simple but in the centre of the cloth lies a bold orange triangle within a square; this shows the Earth’s connection to the holy trinity whilst the glow of the triangle feels welcoming yet instils a prospect of foreboding. The angel’s face is stoic and concentrated, completely focused on exchanging the waters of the two golden cups in their hands; the direction of the water is impossible to determine which symbolises the concept of infinity and union; it can also signify the flow of spiritual awareness we experience on a daily basis as we tune in and out with our higher self.
The angel stands above either a pond or river with one foot gently dipped in the water as the other stands on a patch of dry glass; this represents the duality between the subconscious and the conscious - between dreams and reality. Furthermore, the mountain range on the left contrasts with the meadow on the right symbolising universal experiences and individual tranquillity regardless of location or circumstance.
The illustration presents stability and balance, it brings a sense of serenity to the viewer; the composition of bright greens, yellows, whites and reds is uplifting and depicts the ideal union between opposites - the beauty and order that comes with duality. The background shows the dawn which resembles fresh beginnings and a pastel sky that further feeds into the atmosphere of concord. Everything is exactly where it’s supposed to be.
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Card 2 - Two of Swords
The Two of Swords symbolizes the confusion we face when we are forced to make tough alternatives. In the Two of Swords card, there is a seated woman this is blindfolded even as protecting a sword in every of her hands. In the background, there may be a sea surrounded by crags and rocks that function limitations for vessels and ships, stalling development and action. The lady within the card being blindfolded is a illustration of a scenario which prevents her from seeing each the hassle and the answer with clarity.
The swords that she is protecting in each of her hands display that there are two picks that lead in different directions and are mutually unique to one every other. It may additionally depict a stalemate, which means that that the trouble should be addressed with a logical and rational thinking. The Moon placed on the proper facet of the card signifies may additionally signify the role of illusions and deception in the difficulty that the woman has in making a choice.
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