It’s hard to be patient when the pot is boiling. The ingredients have been measured, the heat is on, and all you want to do is stir.
When people think of temperance, they usually think of restraint–as in the temperance movement that lobbied against alcohol use in the 1800s and early 1900s. But there is another meaning at play here–tempering, as in the process by which steel is strengthened.
At this point, guess what? The heat is being applied. It’s hot, and painful, and difficult. Nobody wants to be held to the fire, but this is a necessary part of growth. The old “that which does not kill us makes us stronger routine” is at play.
As much as you may want to, now is not the time to rush forward. The Two of Swords tells you to wait, gather all the facts and wait for the right time before taking action. Voices around you might be yelling for revolution, for engagement, but now is the time for wisdom, patience, and valor.
As you sit in the fire, you can rest assured that the very path to victory is contained in the things that worry you most. Everything you need is here, right now. All the keys to victory are already at your disposal.
You just don’t know how to use them yet. Keep your eyes open, your ears attuned, and your heart focused on your highest goal. When the time is ready, you will be ready too.
There’s no need to be afraid. You got this.
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