Whilst searching the net this morning, I found the following definition for the virtue of Prudence on Dictionary.com
Prudence: The quality or fact of being prudent, or wise in practical affairs, as by providing for the future. Caution with regard to practical matters; discretion. Regard for one's own interests. Provident care in the management of resources; economy; frugality. In the Tarot devised by the Order of the Golden Dawn, the Eight of Pentacles is known as 'the Lord of Prudence'. The Rider Waite Smith Tarot and the Crowley/Harris Thoth deck are both descendants of the Golden Dawn system, so the Eight of Pentacles in one and the Eight of Disks in the other also depict this cardinal virtue.
Freida Harris's illustration for the Thoth Tarot
Frieda Harris's realisation of the card for Aleister Crowley is a beautiful and apt one. It shows and exotic flowering plant with each of its eight flowers containing a disk/pentacle at its centre. Plants must be nurtured to gr…
The scene in this card is one of moonlight, half light
and maybe’s. Between black and white temple pillars we see the figure of a man; arms
outstretched, rising from dark waters. His crown is the three-phased moon and he
holds a spinning disc, emblazoned with the word TORA, the Hebrew word for
sacred texts and divine wisdom. It’s difficult to tell where his body ends and the waters begin, for the whole scene is veiled
with interlocking lights and shadows. At the foot of the card, there are hints
of flowers, crystals, wheels, and spirals, yet all is mysterious and uncertain. We are face to face with
Man embodying the Divine Feminine In a traditional Tarot deck, this card would be the
female figure of The High Priestess. The essence of the card embodies
traditionally feminine qualities but people from across the gender spectrum can
also embody her energy. That’s why I portrayed the figure as a man when I
created the Son Tarot. As the deck was designed specifically for gay men…
We're all damaged goods and all of us enter the LGBT+ family wounded when we come out of the closet. I can only speak as a gay men for that's where my identity lies. That said, I hope what I'm writing will resound with the rest of the LGBT+ community and maybe even for others. After all, straight and queer folk are more similar than we're given credit for.
Each of us bring our own unique wounds, fears, weaknesses and defensive postures to the mix when we come out. The first three generally speak for themselves and for the most part, we're likely to find understanding from our fellow gay men. It's more complex with our defensive postures however and these take courage to overcome.
The problem is, we forget to stop defending ourselves, even when we're in a safe space. Before we know it, we've hurt each other through bitchiness, being on the defensive or through overt emotional toughness. It's too easy to adopt a loud, even ferocious persona than to l…