The Tarot Temperance card is one of the most beautiful and least ‘scary’ of the Tarot cards. In the Temperance card, we see an angel in both the medieval version and the RWS version of the card. The angel is busy mixing liquids between two vessels. The liquid blend flows (quite supernaturally!) diagonally between the jugs or cups.
1. Temperance is known as ‘the healing card’ among the 78 keys in the deck (though all 78 can be used for holistic healing). This is because natural health is achieved when the body is in harmony and there is neither too much nor too little of one or the other of the elements and substances that work together to keep us healthy.
This is actually quite an empowering thought. We don’t usually just get sick out of nowhere, we get sick because something is out of whack… and many times, if we made something go out of whack, we can also put it back in into whack.
Temperance also fits with a holistic view of health and healing. It actively encourages us to look at how Water (emotions) and Fire (life force energy) blend and affect one each other.
2. Many attribute mystical symbolism to the two cups/vessels and the liquid flowing between them. Some believe it relates to Christ turning water into wine, or to blending two forms of consciousness. If we go back to basics and think about it from a practical point of view in the context of the actual card title, we understand that this is simply wine being tempered by water – a common practice to prevent drunkenness in the middle ages.
Wine represents the Element of Fire and water (of course) the Element of Water.
3. Sagittarius is the astrological correspondence for the Tarot Temperance card.
4. The highest spiritual potential contained in the Temperance card is soul alchemy, which means integrating the divine feminine and the divine masculine in perfect harmony.
5. When Temperance shows up as the challenge, some questions for self-examination might be: ‘How can I find a compromise now?,’ ‘Where do I need to be more moderate?,’ ‘What is out of whack?,’ and ‘How much over the daily recommended limit and I really drinking?’
6. The Tarot Temperance card corresponds with Archangel Sachiel/Zadkiel, ruler of Jupiter/Thursdays. The name Zadkiel/Sachiel means ‘righteousness of God.’ This is the Archangel to call on for help with purification, visionary ability and making the most of life’s opportunities. Use an amethyst or lapis lazuli to attune to the angelic energy and strengthen the connection with Sachiel.
7. On a day when the Tarot Temperance card energy you may find yourself…
- Finding middle ground
- Going sober
- Losing yourself in a flow of creative inspiration
- Actively engaging in soul alchemy
- Balancing the divine masculine and divine feminine within
- Offsetting an extreme
- Feeling better
- Striving for a compromise
- Setting achievable goals that are in line with your vision for the future
- Getting your shit together
- Enjoying a sense of balance and wellbeing
- Looking for a holistic healing solution
- Accommodating for all sides of an argument to be heard
- Consolidating things
- Getting the mix just right
- Feeling optimistic
- Recovering your energy
- Dealing with someone who refuses to co-operate (Rx)
The Frideborg Tarot Temperance Card
Happiness is a place between too little and too much. ~ Finnish proverb