Alternative Names: Art

Number: 14

Astrological Sign or Planet: Sagittarius the Archer

Element: Fire

Key Meanings: Moderation, reconciliation, healing, and angelic guidance

The Temperance card in Tarot can be difficult to interpret, but in general it’s about the blending of opposites and the achieving of synthesis. It’s about harmony, peace, and patience. The basic symbols of the Temperance card are an angel (often female, but sometimes genderless), a pool of water or river, and two cups with fluid flowing between them. It’s a serene, peaceful scene of harmonious beauty.

Upright Meaning: Temperance, as its name suggests, is about moderation in all things. When Temperance appears in a reading, depending on its position in the spread, you are being cautioned to have patience, which may be difficult under the circumstances. However, the circumstances of your situation will teach you to wait calmly when it seems like nothing is happening.

The person who receives Temperance in a reading is not in a position to hurry matters along. The only course is to sit and wait for things to move in their own time. The trick is to make the waiting constructive. This is one of the great lessons of the Zen masters. Learning to do nothing mindfully is a milestone on the spiritual path. It’s of vital importance to know that there are times when nothing can be done and nothing needs to be done. Therein lies the state of grace.

Reversed Meaning: Temperance reversed shows imbalance and unfairness in relationships and problems with money; what you pour into your relationships and work isn’t rewarded. This card can also show you struggling with change, and the past dominating your present and future. In this position, difficult old memories can resurface and you feel held back. Try to look at what you need now, in the present.

About the Deck: “Ciro Marchetti’s Tarot of Dreams” from Tarot.com.