Oohh Temperance, how much you confused me when I first began to study tarot! There was something about the expansiveness of this card that confused me ─ the way it overlapped easily with other themes of other cards, the way that it held a clear feeling that I couldn’t quite yet define. Today, we delve into the Temperance card a little further and see what messages it may hold for you in a reading.
Upright: patience, balance, inner truth, moderation, with the flow rather than against
Reversed: impatience, imbalanced, re-alignment, against the flow rather than with
There are a few cards I initially often had difficulty distinguishing their uniqueness from Temperance ─ The Star, Justice, and The World. The Star particularly, with the depiction of the water and the figure holding each cup, seemed to bear a lot of similarity. Justice held similar themes of balance and virtue. The World reminded me of alignment and true purpose.
In its own ways, Temperance does allude to these themes, but it also does so in a way that is calm, patient, and at peace. The Temperance angel does not waver nor fret, and displays a comfortable balance of both masculine and feminine energies in their appearance.
There is a piece from the Queen of the Moon Oracle deck guidebook that I am reminded of now when I see Temperance in a reading that I believe communicates the message of Temperance better than I can, so here is where we will leave today’s post.
“Patience is a kind of faith in foreseeing. We might see the seed, but we foresee the flower. We might see the books on the table, but we foresee the degree at the end if we read them. If we think physically, we might feel the pain of a hard workout but foresee and have faith in the muscle and fitness levels we will build. …Patience is a way of experiencing the process of fruition. When we truly realise the power of patience we understand the power of gaining something incredibly deep and imbedded rather than the quick hit of instant gratification. There is great power in going slow.”
– Stacey DeMarco