Tarot vs Food – Temperance vs Pasta Bolognese


I love food and I love Tarot! So I thought: why not make a series comparing the Major Arcana cards to food /food experience?

So each week I’ll publish a post featuring one Major Arcana card and a type of food or dish that I love!

This week,  I present to you:

CHAPTER 14 -Temperance VERSUS pasta bolognese

Greetings Tarot enthusiasts

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been writing about the Major Arcanas and food “situations” such as allergies, changing a diet and etc. This week I want to go back to something more concrete, like a real recipe type thing like Pasta Bolognese.

The Victorian Fairy Tarot

The Victorian Fairy Tarot

In my opinion, Pasta Bolognese can be served in a multitude of occasions. When you are lazy to cook, when your friends come over for dinner, at a family reunion, etc. In the same spirit, the Major Arcana card Temperance is one of those cards that can have several different meanings. It can represent that moment after letting go of something that wasn’t good for us (with the Death card) where we restore some kind of inner peace even if it is momentary. It can  also represent some sort of truce in a difficult situation, a moment where things seem to be in perfect balance even though they are still some what fragile. It can represent as well prudence. And that aspect is the most important to me.

Not too much, nor too little, just right.

It’s like when we make pasta bolognese. When it comes to cooking pasta you have to be precise. You need to keep an eye on it so it won’t go too soft  nor past the “al dente” point. Removing it too soon, however, will leave your pasta undercooked.

Same goes for the bolognese sauce. You can’t add too much tomato sauce, nor too little. It has to be the right amount in order for you to taste the meat but still smell and taste the sweetness of the tomatoes!

Prudence in life and relationships goes with temperance. It is a state of awareness and of delicate balance. You have to be patient whilst still moving forward. If you try to add anything at the wrong time, you might just lose the perfect balance that was needed in order for things to unfold properly. It doesn’t mean everything will be completely spoiled, but it will somehow not be as good.

Think about this: how many people do you know claim to have the best pasta bolognese recipe? I know a lot. How many of these recipes are actually amazing? Well… the number goes down quite fast. Just like Temperance, pasta bolognese seems to be something so simple, and easy, when in reality, it requires a lot of attention, dedication and patience, specially patience.

I for instance haven’t managed to find an excellent recipe yet. I’ll keep looking, but if I do find it I’ll share it with you! If you do know a very good recipe, please share!!!!

Much ❤


PS: What I love about this Temperance Card (The Victorian Fairy Tarot) is that the little fairy is making Absinthe. In drop too much, the drink becomes deadly! I think this translates exactly how I feel about this card. There is a perfect balance, and we have to be mindful not to spoil it.


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