You might not expect this card to follow Death considering its pleasant imagery. Temperance appears angel-like, dressed in a white robe representing purity and with large red wings of passion, the color of life. One foot is in contact with the ground while the other dipped in the sea of water in front of her. The grounded left foot is a sign of our practical side, whereas her toes in the water are a sign of our emotions.
The triangle on her chest is a sign of balance and on her forehead, a circle symbolizing harmony. She is pouring water from one golden cup into another, but which direction does the water flow?
The path to the right of Temperance heads to the mountains towards the rising sun. In this position, we see the perfect connection between mere humans and the gods.
If you receive the Temperance card, it is a clear sign that you need to find the middle ground between two extremes. The middle-way in Buddhism is the path to wisdom. Following Temperance’ wisdom will take you to good things, be that spiritual wisdom or prosperity.
While not going to the extremes, you need to appreciate that neither excess nor deprivation is what you need. Instead, your path will take you to harmony, or you will find what you need to achieve peace.
You might find that something in your life has been out of balance and that they will soon become balanced again and this will be in your favor. If you have been unwell or physically unfit, this card suggests that you will find physical balance.
If the lack of balance in your life is through your own fault, it will still be resolved, but in this case, the result might not be in your best interest. You can expect the end of an imbalance of power, especially if it is related to an abuse of power.
Temperance is a very good card if you are in a partnership or relationship that is dependent on equal power. Neither one of you will engage in power struggles or mind games.
The reversed Temperance isn’t an automatic sign of imbalance, it might mean that there is an element in your life that is completely out of order and this is causing a lack of harmony. It’s human nature to seek both balance and harmony, so this needs to be rectified before other things fall into place.
Extremism is also a warning when this card is upturned. If your thoughts or actions lead to overindulging, you may fall straight into the water, or back onto the ground. Overcome things like perfectionism, obsession, and addiction so that you don’t sway to one extreme or the other.
In this position, you may also find that there is no action in your life because you are scared to upset the balance. Doing nothing leads to nothing happening.
You have made some wise decisions in your past and for the best part, you have enjoyed a strong sense of harmony. You past in this sense has led you to positive things where you are now. It may also point to a tragedy in your past that has made you who you are.
Practice moderation in all areas of your life. If you are having any problems, there is no need to worry because peace will soon return.
In a time-based spread, this is the best position for Temperance. There will be a balance in your life and things will work out as you had hoped.
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