What It Means to Balance and Blend
What It Means to Balance and Blend
In tarot and in life, balance is important!
Have you ever noticed how many tarot cards and oracle cards seem to have as their theme the need for balance? A seemingly equal number seem to stress the need to blend and to integrate, to mix things together.
It seems that balancing and blending is something we humans need to do a lot of, and something that is often fraught with difficulty.
We talk about having balanced lives and balanced diets. We struggle to blend with our co-workers and our family members. In our larger communities we discuss the need for the balance that gives opposing ideas equal exposure, and our concern that with those who have opposing views we don’t seem to be able to find common ground.
In Buddhism the Middle Way of moderation is taught as the path to a good life. This seems in sharp contrast to the extreme viewpoints of many world religions. Yet, moderation makes sense in many ways. Moderation encourages thoughtful actions and reactions. When we moderate our responses to others, we more easily find common ground with those around us.
The Kabbalistic Tree of Life has two outer pillars, one of mercy and one of severity. In tarot, the High Priestess, a character of wisdom and serenity, sits between these pillars. This is one way that balance is depicted in tarot.
The need for balancing and blending is especially important in our romantic relationships. The best relationships offer the opportunity for each person to be true to themselves, as well as true to each other.
When we eat a diet that isn’t balanced, we become ill. When we live a life that isn’t balanced, we become unproductive. Yet, there are so many forces and influences around that that try to convince us that we don’t have time to live in a balanced way.
Perhaps the first step toward bringing greater balance into our lives is to allow ourselves the space to be human. Perhaps the first step toward blending more easily with others is to allow them to be human, too.
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Balance and Blend Tarot Techniques
When you need to find a balance between two aspects of your life, for example, work and family, or job and hobby, or self and spouse, a two-card tarot spread can be very helpful.
Simply pull one card for each concern and ‘weight’ the cards against each other. Does one concern seem to require more than the other right now? Is one suffering? What do these cards tell you about how well you are dividing your time and energy, or what you need to do next?
When you are interested in considering how well you are blending with another person or situation, try a three-card spread, with the two outer cards being the individuals and the middle card being the relationship, or the blend.
When we see how the cards interact with each other, we develop a better idea of ways we can work to create a better balance, and better blends.
The Week in Review
This week I shared a post for tarotists about how to read for questions that aren’t phrased as questions. When a querent simply says ‘love-life’ or ‘career’, what do you do with that? Read my post and find out!
Even when I am traveling, I make sure to do my Three-Card Weekly Reading on Monday. Visit my Facebook business page, Christiana Gaudet, to see what cards came up this week!
From Around the Web
Here are Six Tips to Create a Balanced Life. Clearly, finding balance is something everyone struggles to do.
Here is an Elemental Tarot Spread for Finding Balance. Tarot can be such a help in finding balance, and an understanding of the four elements is a huge part of understanding tarot and balance.
Here are Ten Tips for Talking to People You Can’t Agree With. From Psychology Today, these are techniques we all need to find a way to practice!
Cards for Your Consideration
The tarot card that most completely expresses balancing and blending is Major Arcana 14, Temperance.
Temperance is the card of art, time and alchemy. In the image, we see the angel blending a substance by pouring it back and forth between two cups.
Temperance reminds that that nothing is perfect. Yet, with patience and creativity, we can find the right balance and the perfect blend.
With this card, consider the two meanings of the word ‘solution’. A solution is the answer to a problem. A solution is also what is created when you blend two liquids together.
Sometimes, the answer to the problem is to create a blend.
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Volume 2 Issue 34
August 21, 2019