The Temperance card represents the virtues of economy, moderation, frugality, management, and accommodation. It suggests that the Querent may need to find balance and harmony in their life, by tempering their impulses and desires and finding a middle ground. The card may also represent the need for patience and self-discipline, reminding us that success often comes through perseverance and hard work. The Temperance card can also represent the power of transformation, suggesting that the Querent may be in the process of evolving or changing in a positive way.
In the reversed position, the Temperance card can indicate things connected with churches, religions, sects, the priesthood, and sometimes even the priest who will marry the Querent. The card may suggest that the Querent is struggling to find harmony and balance in their life or may be experiencing disunion and competing interests. The card may also represent the need for the Querent to let go of their attachments and find a new path, reminding us that change is often necessary for growth and transformation. Overall, the Temperance card reminds us that balance and harmony are essential for success and fulfillment in life.
A winged angel, with the sign of the sun upon his forehead and on his breast the square and triangle of the septenary. I speak of him in the masculine sense, but the figure is neither male nor female. It is held to be pouring the essences of life from chalice to chalice. It has one foot upon the earth and one upon waters, thus illustrating the nature of the essences. A direct path goes up to certain heights on the verge of the horizon, and above there is a great light, through which a crown is seen vaguely. Hereof is some part of the Secret of Eternal Life, as it is possible to man in his incarnation. All the conventional emblems are renounced herein.\nSo also are the conventional meanings, which refer to changes in the seasons, perpetual movement of life and even the combination of ideas. It is, moreover, untrue to say that the figure symbolizes the genius of the sun, though it is the analogy of solar light, realized in the third part of our human triplicity. It is called Temperance fantastically, because, when the rule of it obtains in our consciousness, it tempers, combines and harmonizes the psychic and material natures. Under that rule we know in our rational part something of where we came and where we are going.