Ciara Wears Golden Dawn Jacket

Ciara Golden Dawn

Ciara wears a Golden Dawn Jacket.

On her coat there are the terms “equilibrium”, “mercy” and “temperance” all phrases used in the practice of occult magic in the Hermetic order and the name of the Greek goddess Sophrosyne.

Tree of Life Kabbalah

In Kabbalah the pillar on the right is called the pillar of Mercy. The Pillar on the center is equilibrium (sometimes mildness). The pillar on the left is called severity. Ciara is telling us she is not severe but merciful.

Temperance Tarot

Temperance and Gluttony.

Gluttony is not being able to control yourself – whether it is eating, drinking too much or allowing yourself to be guided by what you feel.

Tarot 14 in the Golden Dawn is Temperance. Temperance (Sophrosyne in Greek is defined as “moderation in action, thought, or feeling; restraint.”) Temperance is the cardinal virtue concerned with the control of the desire for pleasure, both physical and spiritual.

The Golden Dawn was a British magical order active from 1888 to about 1910. The organization was short-lived due to “politics” and “power struggles” within the order. Even though the Golden Dawn was active for less than 25 years, many of its teachings still guide magical practices worldwide. Their readings and rituals remain a strong influence today among followers of the Golden Dawn.

Members S.L. Mathers and A.E. Waite of the Golden Dawn, wrote guides to the Tarot’s use and correspondences. Golden Dawn rituals sometimes included the Tarot as a meditative and divinatory aid. Other teachings furthered astrological, symbolic and kabbalistic correspondences of the Tarot.

n 1909 the Rider-Waite Tarot was published. Both A.E. Waite and Pamela Colman Smith, each being a Golden Dawn member, created this most popular of all Tarot decks.

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