This illustration is for Temperance in the upcoming deck from Llewellyn "Green Witch Tarot" by Anna Moura, illustrated by Kiri Leonard.
Look at this card, she is calm and slowly pouring potion into her brewing pot. There're books and many bottles with other ingredients on the table. They're not in cluster but they're neatly arranged.
This card reminds me of pharmacy profession which requires balance, the right ingredients mixed at the right time and at the right quantity. In our society, pharmacists are often not regarded with respect. Do you know most pharmacists have doctorate degree? Yes, that's right, the one's filling your prescriptions behind the counter everyday has earned the doctor title through years of hard work and education.
Pharmacists have vast knowledge about drugs and their interactions. Most people get annoyed at how long their prescriptions get filled and don't see what truly goes behind the scenes. Pharmacists are healers by their own rights.
On another note, is tarot reader a healer? Perhaps not physically but a good tarot reader can offer you insights and counsel you on your spiritual path. So in a spiritual aspect, yes, tarot readers are healers. They too are sometimes ashamed of their talent and don't get respect from others.
What's the common thing between these two types of healers? They don't get respect. Pharmacists are severely underrated in most people's health plan. As with any healers, you can't go seek advice and expect your problems to be fixed. Everyone has free will and they are free to choose whether to take advice, to take the drug as directed. But the knowledge, and the advice, and the compassion deserve respect in every sense. All healers set out on their professions to help people and they go through hardship and practice to be qualified. That alone is to be respected. Heck, you respect an engineer or any Ph.D but you don't respect your pharmacists?
So for this holidays, setting out for the new year forward, go out and thank your healers, especially the ones you've been taking for granted like your pharmacists. They offer you valuable advice and don't expect anything in return. They have to deal with the laws and regulations and all the crazies but most people don't even realize that and expect a service like in a fast food restaurant. So today, go out and thank your pharmacists and other healers (your doctors and nurses, or your family members that have been taking care of you). Respect them and the work they do. Today, I say Thank you!