Temperance and Archangel Gabriel

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Temerance – Rider-Waite Smith Tarot

Temperance And Archangel Gabriel

Angels can be found in the imagery of several traditional Tarot Cards.  In the traditional Rider-Waite Smith tarot there are Archangels represented on 6 Major Arcana cards.

What are Angels?  The word Angel comes from the Greek word “angelos” which means “messenger”.  Angels are seen in many cultures and mythologies as Divine Messengers of God.  The Greek Word “archangelos” meaning “Chief Messenger” is where we get the word Archangel – and Archangels are generally seen as the Leaders of the Angels.  Primarily found in texts of Judaism and Islam, though mentions of these Divine Messengers also can be found in Ancient Greek texts, in all instances they serve as messengers between people and the Divine, bringing news or prophesy that is beneficial to the people they interact with in some way.  Angels are generally androgynous (No gender), though they are usually given a gender through an artist’s or writer’s interpretation of their appearance.   Modern encounters with Angelic beings have led many people to feel that Angels and Archangels are Divine beings of Light, who do not particularly care what religion or spiritual path you follow, but are still benevolent messengers interested in helping humans.

Gabriel is one of only four Archangels that are mentioned by name in the Bible, and appears frequently as a messenger.  It was Gabriel who interpreted Daniel’s dreams in the book of Ezekiel.  Most notoriously, Gabriel is the Archangel who brought Mary the news of her pregnancy, and later announced the Birth of Jesus to the shepherds.  It is said the it will be Gabriel who blows the Trumpets of judgement at the end times.

In Islam, it is said that Archangel Gabriel is the one who revealed the Koran to Muhammed.

In all of these recorded instances dealing with Archangel Gabriel – there is an overall theme: Gabriel’s messsages involved the transmutation of the Spiritual into the Physical.  There was often a message about Timing (Divine Timing) Harmony, and Faith… and a blending of the spiritual with the earthly.  David’s dreams guided him to become King, Mary became the mother of the Divine incarnate in human form, Muhammed’s visions became translated into the Koran.  This is where we see the perfection of the Archangel Gabriel placed symbolically on the Temperance card.

Temperance is about harmoniously blending the spiritual with the physical.  A being who is a Divine Messenger, with wings so they can bring messages from the Heavens down to Earth, is seen standing on a shoreline.  One foot on the earth (material realm) and one foot in the river (spiritual realm).  We must moderate and find balance between the spiritual and the physical worlds – and remember that we are both Physical and Spiritual beings.   Archangel Gabriel is holding two cups, and pouring a liquid in a continuous stream.  These cups represent vessels of spiritual and material worlds, and pouring between them is the Elixir of Life.  Both the vessels and the stream represent the principles of the Divine Feminine as receptivity, cooperation, harmony, creativity, and balance.  In the background the sun is rising and in the forefront flowers are blooming on the riverside – both of these remind us of the card’s message about Timing; sometimes we must have faith and wait for the right time for things to happen.  Trusting that things happen at the right time, or that you will know when the time is right is one of Archangel Gabriel’s chief messages, and this card was originally named “Time”.

Working with Archangel Gabriel:  Archangel Gabriel can help you with issues of Balance, Moderation, Timing, and receiving Messages from the Divine or your Higher Self.  All you have to do is ask!  From my experiences, the Angels and Archangels enjoy working with people in many ways – especially in matters that help you improve your life, your health, and your Spiritual growth.  Gabriel’s aura is a bright copper color, like their trumpet.  Wearing Copper or the gemstone Citrine can help you connect with Gabriel’s energy.  Gabriel is especially fond of helping writers and public speakers (other messengers!) and also is called upon often to help mothers and fathers with parenting.

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