Interpreting the Temperance Tarot Card
An introduction to the meaning of the Temperance tarot card
The Temperance tarot card is the synthesis of opposites, combining the material and the spiritual, and harmonizing all other conflicting aspects of human nature. All the knowledge that has been gathered with experience must be organized and balanced, for the Temperance tarot card promotes unity and moderation, understanding that the collectivization of opposites is more beneficial than simply abolishing either extreme. Energy flows naturally amidst and within us, and it is the Temperance tarot card which taps into these calming waters and brings forth a sense of peace and clarity of thought. This symbolizes those times in our lives at which we must allow ourselves to surrender momentarily, and flow with rather than fight the universal current. The Temperance tarot card represents the process of harmonization rather than the final outcome of such, advocating for maintaining a cool head and a calm exterior while attempting to balance the many emotions and variables of our lives.
The image of the Temperance tarot card presents a woman holding a cup in each hand, pouring what is water and fire together, two opposing elements which are shown to mix under her careful preparation. She has successfully combined each substance by measuring and allocating a certain amount of each to the production, while also using the correct instruments, the cups, to carry out her procedure.
The Temperance tarot card creates peace from what could be a potentially chaotic blending of opposites, working patiently and methodically with the proper tools at her disposal to reach perfection. When drawn, the Temperance tarot card could symbolize the need to manage affairs with a more level-headed approach, not jumping to conclusions, but taking both sides into perspective, understanding that the middle-ground may provide the necessary solution to the problem or question posed.
The meaning of the Temperance tarot card is influenced by the position of the card
as it is drawn from the deck, the position it occupies in the card
layout, and by the cards that are positioned before and after it.
The Temperance tarot card - upright meaning:
When the Temperance card lands in the upright position it predicts successfully realizing a productive and healthy balance in a specific area of life, such as emotions, work, family, finances or a combination of all the aforementioned. Maintaining this balance is the key to long lasting achievement.
The Temperance tarot card - reversed meaning:
When the Temperance card is in the upside-down/reversed position it forewarns that something or someone is creating an imbalance. Furthermore, this disturbing disproportion will have serious consequences if not dealt with.
Keywords/phrases associated with the Temperance tarot card:
Upright - balance, harmony, moderation, good management, stability
Reversed - imbalance, disharmony, extremes, poor management, instability
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