The temperance card shows an angel who is said to be Michael or Angel Gabriel. He is holding vessels in his hands, mixing up a blend of energies, possibly those of life evolution. The flowers around him are a symbol of the messenger Iris goodness who is a link between God and humanity. There is also the opposite card i.e. the Temperance Reversed which is also explained below for the benefit of our readers.

One of the angel’s feet is on the ground while the other is on the water, which is a symbol of the unification of one world to another. It also represents the testing of waters before taking a new path. The angel has red wings a symbol of blood or life. He has on a sun crown that shows he is connected to a higher power. There is an equilateral triangle on the angel’s cloth representing the holy trinity and harmony.

Temperance Card in the Upright Position

The Temperance card in the upright position indicates:

  • Temperance
  • Moderation
  • Harmony
  • Abstinence
  • Balance
  • Confidence
  • Good influence

This card suggests moderation and balance in everything.  Extremity is to be avoided. It signifies that you are in a place of balance and that you understand the importance of compromise. You are about to create something new due to your ability to see things clearly. In case you are going through tough times, this card advises that you remain calm and be patient. In terms of career and work, Temperance advises you to be patient. Maybe you are waiting for a promotion at work, be patient. It could also mean that you need to balance your work life and other aspects of your life. Do everything in moderation.

When it comes to romance and love, this card is positive, as it shows you are in perfect balance with your partner. It may also show that your differences result in a perfect relationship. This union is solid. In case you are looking for love, you will meet someone different from you, but they’ll bring out the best in you.

Concerning money and investments, the card shows stability. Maybe you have been going through a rough patch financially. This card signifies that things are about to get better. In terms of health, this card shows that you need to do things in moderation. If you have bad habits such as smoking, it’s time to get them under control. Don’t let them compromise your health. Treat your body well if you want to remain healthy.

Temperance in the Reversed Position

In the reversed position the Temperance card indicates:

  • Conflict
  • Discord
  • Impatience
  • Frustration
  • Reckless behavior
  • Overindulgence

In this position, the Temperance card is an indication that something is out of control.  It may also be a warning that you are engaging in reckless behavior that will lead to your downfall.  You may also be overindulging in a certain behavior, such as turning to drugs to avoid facing your problems. It’s time to reflect and consider what needs to change. Examine your life and identify aspects that aren’t in balance.

Temperance in the Time Based Position

  • Past – In this position, Temperance depicts that past events in your life have given you a solid foundation that has led to peace and balance in your current situation.
  • Present – In the present position, Temperance indicates that’s it’s time to find balance. Practice everything in moderation. If you are going through a rough patch, remember it’s going to end soon, and balance will be restored.
  • Future – The card in this position indicates that things will work out for you soon.  You will be satisfied with what is coming.

Temperance is almost invariably depicted as a person pouring liquid from one receptacle into another. It is always good for anyone to thus have a good understanding of this card so that they can make positive changes to their life.

Other Associations

  • Element – Fire
  • A yes or no answer – No
  • Astrology – Sagittarius

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