Holistic Tarot card meanings and correspondences for Temperance


Temperance tarot card meanings

Temperance is also known as Art in some decks. Art is the perfect metaphor for Temperance as it combines the concept of the artistic vision of the Fire Element with the artistic/lyrical expression of the Water Element. Together, in perfect balance, these two blend to create a rainbow of healing colours than can be seen, sensed or heard – depending on the choice of artistic expression.

In Astrology, it corresponds with the visionary Sagittarian energies and is often seen as the healing card in the deck. Temperance/Art is an energy which elevates the spirit of a person and like all the heart chakra cards, it enables healing on every level of our being.

Psychically, the Temperance card corresponds to claircognizance (clear knowing) and hence also to the third eye and crown chakras.

Like the Hierophant, the other 5 vibration Major Arcana card, this card is connected with the teaching space but rather than a transmission of tradition as in the case of the Hierophant, the Angel of Temperance instructs us in how to expand our own vision of creativity, free from the limitations of history and tradition. New frontiers are to be conquered… but to do so, we need to learn where our own frontiers are and to not fall into the trap of excess.

Where others are concerned, Temperance can indicate a healing influence, as well as someone who is supportive of, or even facilitates an expansion of, our vision. However, when ill-dignified or reversed, animosity is indicated.


Element: Fire

Zodiac sign: Sagittarius

Archangel: Sachiel and Raguel

Chakra: Heart Chakra, Third Eye and Crown Chakra

Colour: Red, crimson, purple, gold, indigo, violet

Crystal: Golden topaz, sapphire, amethyst and diamond

Metal: Tin

Body: Pituitary gland, liver, hips, pelvis, sciatic nerve, gall bladder, hamstrings

Exercise: Archery, the splits

Stance: Anjaneyasana (low lunge)

Magickal Tool/Ingredient: Your own Book of Shadows – the more artistic, the better!

Associated Major Arcana Cards (through numerology): The Hierophant

Associated Minor Arcana Cards:

8 of Wands (Mercury in Sagittarius). Healing comes through a prompt and frank expression of your own truth.

9 of Wands (Moon in Sagittarius). Healing comes from staying within your boundaries, alert to what is happening at the ‘borders’/’frontiers’

10 of Wands (Saturn in Sagittarius). Healing is no longer a choice/option but has to happen because the old is being burnt away. Attitude is more important than ever and the attitude that is needed is one of pure determination: “Life is tough but I am tougher.”

King of Wands – The Sagittarian King (Fire of Fire) is the Baby Jesus and the Risen King all rolled into one, i.e. pure Spirit in human form. If anyone can inspire miracles it is he, because his vision takes him far beyond the reaches of known frontiers, traditions and what is expected of him. Mind you, I’m not saying he is Jesus – I’m saying he has the power to inspire on that level. So catch yourself on fire with the excitement brought by the power of a vision that will take you so far outside your comfort zone that you won’t even know where you landed until weeks after touching down. If this King had a motto, it would be:  “Risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.” ~ Leo Buscaglia (Sagittarius Rising)

Remedies to increase the energy of Temperance in your life

  • You can make a tarot essence to harness and increase the energy of the Temperance card, using a card from the deck of your choice, along with any of the crystals above that you feel drawn to work with. There is plenty of information on the healing properties for each of the crystals available online
  • Lie down and place this card on your heart chakra. Visualise gold light entering through your right foot and silver light through the left. These two lights spiral up your spine and mingle perfectly in your heart, where they form a perfect shimmering sphere of gold and silver light. Now think of an area in your life that needs healing or energising and send the ball there to create the needed miracle.
  • Inspire someone to achieve their dreams
  • Study philosophy
  • Study alchemy
  • Travel somewhere new
  • Make a list of the areas in your life where you have a tendency to go overboard
  • Burn some cinnamon incense
  • Light a candle to Archangel Sachiel on a Thursday and ask him to bless you with wisdom
  • Stop any intake of toxic/addictive substances that may affect the hepatic system (liver) – especially alcohol
  • Always say what’s on your mind and speak your truth
  • Be a guru or life coach

Balancing, grounding and banishing the influence of the Temperance card:

  • Entertain an idea you resonate with and then move to the opposite idea as if it were a deeply held belief of your own
  • Make peace with someone you don’t see eye to eye with
  • Learn/practice something purely because it is traditional
  • Merge with another person emotionally
  • Get drunk (I don’t actually recommend this but it is a quick way of banishing the influence of Temperance, as most of you will have experienced once or twice)
  • Babysit (not drunk!)
  • Do something only for the money and not because it’s ‘right’
  • Become a disciple

Affirmation: “I’m on fire with the excitement of the vision of my Higher Self and wherever it takes me, I go with complete faith.”


Temperance corresponds to Sagittarius (higher learning, spirituality, travel to far-flung places, religion etc) in Astrology and in the human energy system, it is one of the Heart chakra healing cards together with Justice and The Lovers.

The meaning of the Temperance card is that of soul alchemy and balancing our inner and outer worlds, using the power of vision to do so.

In a love relationship, the influence of this card has a ‘spiritualising’ effect.  It nudges us to be true to ourselves and align our choices as well as our responses to our partner with higher will. This also sometimes means that we need to learn to say ‘no.’

Mostly though this card indicates potential growth and positive learning experiences. The ruler of Sagittarius, Jupiter, might have a tendency to overindulge – moderation and discipline might be called for.

If this card represents a partner or possible suitor in a reading, be prepared to have your horizons broadened by this person. It signifies someone who is optimistic and with great visionary ability. Possibly a teacher, professor, psychologist, life coach or spiritual/thought leader.

Ill dignified or reversed, it might represent a person who is low on tolerance or someone who is insincere. It could also be someone who suffers from ‘foot-in-mouth’ disease. He or she may think they are frank but really they only come across as blunt or even mean and cold-hearted. They may have a tendency to see things as black and white.

To a single person, this card can mean that further healing is needed before it is possible to manifest a soul mate relationship – especially together with the 5 of Cups or the 3 of Swords.

Together with the 6 of Cups, Temperance signifies a soul mate relationship that could be the main reason for you choosing to incarnate together again at this time. You are mirroring each other on almost every level and will not be able to escape taking responsibility for your own healing journey. This is a demanding process but take comfort in the fact that the reason you are not getting cut much slack is that you have reached a high level of learning in this lifetime.

Sexually, Temperance is a call to a return to innocence. Not necessarily by complete abstinence but by sanctifying the physical union and taking a tantric approach, which also has the benefit of opening up the vision to behold the sexual life force energy in everything.

Try focusing on the communion aspect and the point where your two energies blend into one. You can still climax but it will be a side effect of the focus on union/communion. Allow it to just happen rather than racing for the finish line. And if it doesn’t happen that is totally fine too. Maintain eye contact and learn to feel the flow of love in the heart chakra. This energy flow can be directed with your breath.