t e m p e r a n c e 🍵
Ever since I started pouring gong fu cha, I have paid special attention to the concepts represented by the Temperance card in Tarot.
Typically the card depicts a figure pouring water from one vessel into another, a symbol of sacred healing waters. Tea has been my sacred healing waters since I discovered the Tea Spot back in September 2016... actually, the very same night I made the vision board in my last post.
It seems like there have been short periods in my life heavily concentrated and abundant with magic, alternating with microseasons (or sometimes whole seasons) of relative stillness and silence. That night began a whole new phase of my magical journey.
In gong fu cha, we brew tea by pouring water from one vessel into another. Kettle to gaiwan to gong dao bei to cha bei... finally to be received by the human vessels drinking the steeped tea liquid.
The water must be the correct temperature and added in the correct proportion to the correct amount of tea leaves at just the right velocity. It must steep for just the right amount of time, which changes from steeping to steeping. When it’s finished steeping, it must be poured just so.
All this is overwhelming to say the least, especially because the temperature, timing, and techniques vary from tea to tea... and my tea house alone has about 200 teas. And, if I tried to memorize the correct weights and numbers for every tea, I think I would go insane. But in my experience, it’s only about 20% knowing the facts by rote, and 80% listening to the tea.
You listen to tea by smelling, tasting, touching, looking... and by closing your eyes and bringing the tea close to your heart and, however new-agent this may sound, listening with your heart. The qi of the tea (Cha qi) speaks volumes once you’re attuned and paying attention. .
I have brewed “difficult” teas perfectly on my first try just by listening with my heart, and I have fucked up “easy” and familiar teas by giving too much credence to numbers and memory and letting my mind wander.
And the thing about tea... it teaches you temperance and trains your intuition, because you get immediate feedback about whether or not ⬇️
Card of the day - Temperance. "This card is peotecrion, healing and circulation, it forces us to mitigate, find the middle path and to add something valid that is capable of placating to avoid traumatic cuts. Temperance is an arcana of adaptation, reconciliation and harmony where it is cooperation that determines the birth of something new, ready to spread out into the world. Whenever problems are raised however, it will be disorder and coldness that take the upper hand, unsettle the balance and close off any kind of circulation or communication." #tarot#tarotcards#tarotreading#fabiolistrani#guidance#temperance#temperancetarot#majorarcana
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#weeklywisdom // May 21-27 //
We are stepping into a gently lush week ahead, my friends! We find healing through the restoration of balance + are encouraged to continue our deep soul workings. There is much peace to be grateful for! .
The remnants of a situation that has caused some turmoil is slowly but surely smoothing out; if stressed, you immerse in absolute tranquility. If angered with someone, your perspective may change to ultimate forgiveness. By responding with equal yet opposite resonances, we strike a harmonious balance which evens out the playing field. .
As old burdens are neutralized + cleared away, huge relief is felt and new energy sets in: great hope, excitement for the future + openness to all of life’s possibilities flood in to support us in every way possible so we may flourish + fully reclaim our spirits once again! We are quite fortunate this week as well, to partake in meaningful ventures that light our souls on fire 🔥 allow our talents/abilities to shine through effortlessly💫 and radiate these deeply ecstatic experiences with others 💕 We see the glory in ourselves, the world out there, and recognize we can create every experience we ever want in life. Powerful, magickal stuff! .
To boot, this week we are truly feeling empowered living through our empires — Boss status as we run our own minds + luxuriate in our independently built world. Our innate wisdom + power has been harnessed from working/learning through life’s experiences + making improved decisions along the way. As we continue to do the work to upgrade our lives, heal the past, tweak behavioural patterns, strive for innerpeace — we change, grow + enjoy the fruits of our labour. Rightly so!
If faced with any decisions which may compromise personal belief system or values, you may actually feel quite comfortable in passing it up. Being this far in the game, and so self-assured, you are not interested in what is not aligned with your core being. Maintain authentic standards + don’t settle for what does not fully satisfy your spirit! .
Wishing you an amazing week! Please do let me know what magick finds you 🌟🌈✨
yesterday consisted of 10 hours of adventuring accompanied by many waterfalls, three state parks and a hidden saloon in the middle of the Superior National Forest 🌲👣🌞 #tettegouche#gooseberry#temperance
shout out to @sleeevs and @8bitcypher for being my adventure buddies and coming up to Duluth for a few days to hang out with me 😊
It’s been over 7 months since I’ve gotten a batch of the best grooming oil out there. Not a day goes by without someone asking when I’ll have more in...so here you have it!
These will go extremely quick.
Come and get your bottle ASAP!
#prohibitionbarbers @prohibitionbarbers #temperance
Wise, wise words. ⭐ Do you know what your worth?🤔
Once again, the victim mentality kills potential. You can't point fingers saying you're not successful because of other people. When running a obstacle course, you don't run into an object and blame it for stopping you, you walk around it.
Welcome to life. If you expect it to be easy, then success just isn't for you.