A Lesson In Gevurah גְבוּרָה Now free from your prison of sand, do you look and contemplate how tall your person flame has now become? Does it even matter at the moment? The tantalizing ambiance of unadulterated freedom is all you can taste and feel, so how could this ever be seen as destructive to yourself after you just left what would have killed you? Just as the untempered flame of a candle burns so hot that it melts itself before it is even had the moments to comprehend it’s own fate, it is no longer. Same does the leafy incense burns just as quickly and fiery, giving us only a brief wisp of the aroma before it becomes ashes to the wind. Just as our own flame would do to us. Our own fire would let us burn like a ill-forgotten candle, think not? Simply look back at your own decisions made in haste and of the same quality of judgment and tell me that this metaphor is not the same.How fast was your flame burning and how quickly did it lead you to a time of ruin, sorry and despair? How the quick flash of your own flame turned temperance to the wind and your regret of that moment still haunts you? Without that temperance, your actions & flame would have not allowed such things to transpire, yet in a moment of unrefined weakness of self you let slip a moment that you no longer can forgive nor forget. As the candle can not forgive itself for burning itself so quickly & become whole again, we can not forget that moment and it will until forgiven leave the mark upon more than our memories. Once seeing this, it is the grace given to us to be able to grasp this ember of Knowledge & turn it to Understanding and Wisdom. For without it, there would be no lessons to comprehend and to guide our lives. Only the unbridled flame of ourselves burning away more time than we have to even spare. Temperance counters the flame of destruction only if one allows it. Seek comfort in this, or you will find that it is your own flame that will consume not just yourself but all that is around you even after it burns you to ash and dust.