After Temperance
After Temperance
After Temperance
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Initially, I had set out to do a rendition of Atu XVII, The Star, but it doesn’t seem that was meant for this piece.  I see the divine intervention of Atu XIV, the fiend or archon of XV, maybe hints of XVI, and of course XVII.

Here, we see the fiend of Atu XV in repose – the temptation resisted, the confrontation with perception mastered, and the absolute pain of revelation achieved: These things aren’t you, nor are they yours. Now, say goodbye. When the veneer of delusion is peeled away we are raw, and we feel helpless. “Now what?” we might ask. “If it is not this, then what is it?” we might prod further, left with silence for the answer.

Let’s take a moment to table higher perceptions and understand this in a more practical way. We might quit an unhealthy habit, a terrible relationship, or any number of restricting conditions.

We might first acknowledge the dilemma, confront it directly, go through the upheaval – then we know the pain of withdrawal. Yet now, something is missing. There is a hole where “something” was. We find a new longing for satiety, and the answer is usually right next to us – if we might suspend overriding insatiability long enough to understand it.