Sunday, February 12, 2012

River of Hate, River of Woe

Daily Draw: Mythic Tarot ~ Temperance

Temperance is represented by Iris, goddess of the rainbow. She was also a messenger, because of her incredible speed and multiple modes of movement. It was she who went to the River Styx for goblets of water upon which gods made their mighty oaths.

I'm reminded by this card in addition to the Styx, river of hate, there were four more rivers separating the underworld from the aboveworld, rivers of: forgetfulness, fire, lamentation, woe. Is it no wonder we put death off until the last possible moment, before we cross those rivers to the other side? Here is to a temperate life aiding in that effort...

"He who postpones the hour of living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses." ~ Horace 65 BC-8 BC

The Mythic Tarot, original edition, by Juliet Sharman-Burke and Liz Green, illustrated by Tricia Newell. Published by Simon & Schuster 1986 and in print ever since. The deck is based on ancient Greek mythology, the kit includes a 218 page companion book, plus there is a 160 page workbook available.


  1. what a pretty, comforting temperance this is :]

  2. I greatly prefer Newell's images for this deck... lovely card today.

  3. that's why I choose the Mythic this week after the wringer of the Proverbi. The ancient gods weren't any more kind than the current ones, but this deck is like a toasted cheese sandwich, comfort food. It's no wonder it's sold over a million copies in it's first incarnation.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I love this deck. It's warming and so wholesome. The newer version is very sterile in comparison. I didn't realise that this one was still in print. That's good to know. A classic, no less!


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