Temperance Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
XIV Temperance Correspondences:
Keywords & phrases:
Patience, harmony, emotional balance, healing and renewal.
Temperance Tarot Card Meanings
The Temperance angel carefully blends the contents of two opposite elements, fire and water, and integrates energy from opposing forces. In the dictionary, temperance means moderation and this card often encourages a middle ground, the ability to find compromise and balance.
Although the esoteric correspondences place this card under the element of fire, I tend to find this is one of the slower moving cards, particularly in relation to the meaning of a need for patience. If you’re in a hurry for something to happen and Temperance comes up in your reading then you may have to be patient because it will take time. Temperance is calm and unhurried, gentle and patient, showing moderation in all things.
If there have been difficulties in relationships then Temperance may indicate healing and renewal, the need for cooperation, diplomacy, and compromise in order to achieve and integrate balance. It often shows for couples that share a very close and harmonious bond too, similar to the Two of Cups, so it’s not unusual to find these two cards in a spread together.
If reversed we usually find a lack of harmony and balance, people in opposition or not cooperating together if not openly hostile, intolerance and impatience.
Similar or supporting cards: The Star (healing) Judgement (renewal) Justice (is a balanced mind as Temperance is balanced emotions) Two of Pentacles (maintaining balance) Two of Cups (harmonious bond) Six of Swords (calm).Cards that represent a slow moving timeframe, such as The Hermit, etc.
Opposing or contradictory cards: The Devil (excess) The Tower (sudden change, shocks and surprises) Five of Wands (competition) Knight of Swords (very fast moving pace)
Temperance Tarot Card Combinations:
Six of Cups > Temperance > Judgement: Renewal and reconciliation.
> Hierophant > Four of Swords: may indicate hospital.
> The Star > Four of Swords: healing and convalescence.
> The Devil: ‘falling off the wagon,’ vice versa may show abstaining from an addiction.
Three of Swords > Temperance: healing of rifts and bad feelings but will require patience and compromise on both sides.
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