Herbal Tarot - XIV - Temperance - Echinacea

Soaring Eagle

See the major arcana cards in Constellation 5.

Description: A woman is holding two flowers in her left hand while pointing at the ground with her right hand. On her headband is a symbol for the sun. She has one foot in a puddle of water. In the background are mountains and a setting sun. A large Echinacea plant is growing on the other side of the puddle.

Significant Details: The disc on the headband is a symbol of the Sun. The Echinacea plant symbolizes healing.

Keywords: Moderation, Balance, Blending, Melding

Medicinal Uses: Native nations of the Plains used Echinacea for snakebites, venomous insect bites, and burns. Other nations also used this herb to desensitize their feet before fire walking rituals over hot coals. They considered Echinacea root an excellent blood cleanser for clearing up septic sores, boils, and abcesses. It has proven antibacterial properties and strengthens and stimulates the immune system. American Nature Guides Herbs by Anna Kruger

My Interpretation: This is a time of balancing your life. This is also a time of blending the various parts of yourself or things in your life to make things smoother for you. Take things in moderation, don’t overdo it. This may also be a time of healing for you

Number Significance: Temperance is in Constellation 5 with the High Priest, and the Fives. 5 – Testing, Counseling, Training, Assimilating and Integrating, Healing, Guidance, Bridging, Translating, Interpreting and Channeling, Arbitrating

Thoughts/Points to Ponder: By placing her foot in the water, she is blending the water and the earth. Cooling herself while staying grounded. Has she been walking on coals? Is that why she seeks the echinacea plant?