Temperance is about balance in all aspects of your life. The angel here in Temperance brings guidance and a bit of a message.
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Temperance – Description
Temperance, as you can see here in this picture, is an angel and they are sort of androgynous. We can’t tell if it is male or female. And at this point, I guess it doesn’t really matter, it’s an angel, right? So the angel is wearing a white robe with red wings. They have cups in their hands and they are pouring water from one cup to another.
There is also something that you might not notice unless you look too hard. And that is going to be the angel’s feet. You can see one foot is balanced on the rocks and the other foot is just sort of dangling in the water, and there’s a point to that. You can also see in the background. There is a river, there are mountains, there is fertile land all around.
And in the very back background, there is what appears to be some sort of crown in the sky that is encompassed by a halo of light. So now let’s talk about what these symbols mean. On the angel’s robe, you can see in the middle of their chest is a triangle enclosed a square. This is supposed to represent humans and the fact that we are bound by the physical realm of earth. Then you have the cups and the water being poured from one cup into the other really represents going with the flow.
And the fact that the angel is balancing on one solid object with their other foot sort of flowing in the river is an extremely important symbol in regards to balance and just being in harmony with the world around you. The rock that the angel is standing on is a solid, sturdy foundation. And then you have the river which is more flowy. So it symbolizes our need to be grounded, but also the ability that we need to have to go with the flow of the situations that we’re in. And lastly, you have the path through the mountains. This is representative of the path that everyone follows in life. You’ve got flatland, you have mountains and valleys and plateaus, and it’s really symbolic of the life journey in itself.
Temperance – Upright
Balance – Purpose
So in the upright position, the Temperance card is really all about balance and purpose. This could go two ways. It could be a sign that you are in balance. You’re in harmony with yourself and the world around you. Or it could be a sign to you that hey, maybe you’re getting a little bit out of balance and you need to reevaluate where you are in life and figure out what is out of whack so you can correct it. So you can stay in that balance. It can also be a sign to you that while the world around you might be spiraling out of control, you have the ability to remain calm under duress and in stressful situations. And that’s really going to be an advantage to you in the situations that you face in your life moving forward from this point. And then lastly, in the upright position, the Temperance card is here to show you that you know what your goals are, you know what your vision is, and the path is clear for you to accomplish those. For you to make those happen.
Temperance – Reversed
Imbalance – Restoraction
Now in the reverse position, the Temperance card is all about imbalance and restoration. So imbalance and restoration go hand in hand. You have some form of imbalance and you need to restore it. So when the Temperance card shows up in your readings in the reverse position, it could be a sign to you that you are experiencing imbalance in one form or another. Now, this could be some form of excess. Maybe you’re shopping too much, or maybe you’re eating too much food, or maybe your spending too much time alone and not enough time with your loved ones. Those are all signs of excess. And the Temperance card is here to tell you that you need to balance that out and you need to restore the harmony among your activities that you partake in in your life. The Temperance card in the reversed position can also show up in your reading to show you that you might be feeling something in your life right now is just out of sync.
Something’s not right and you need to evaluate what’s going on around you and what’s going on inside you to figure out where that balance is going wrong so that you can open that flow and let it flow freely so that you can be balanced between being grounded and going with the flow. And then lastly, it could be a sign to you that you just need to take a step back and reevaluate what’s going on in your life and your situation and figure out what balance means to you. Because balance is different for everyone. Everyone’s balance isn’t going to be like everybody else’s. What works for you and what balances you is not going to be the same for everyone else. So maybe you’re looking at someone else, a role model or a family member. And they are your goals, right? They seem to have everything in order and everything is working well for them. But you need to evaluate why they are your goals and how you can make that achievable for yourself because their balance is not your balance.
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