XIV Temperance

My thoughts– I see the angel pouring water from one cup to the next. Maybe the one cup was too full and so the second cup was needed. So maybe this card is about balance, a yin and yang harmony kinda thing. I think the wings are quite expansive and beautiful. 

The Book- Temperance is usually interpreted as balance or moderation. That is a good start, but it’s overly simplistic. Temperance is not about balance in terms of “equal parts”; instead, it has a more alchemical approach. This is about the right combination of parts, which may or may not be equal. This card is about the right parts coming together in a kind of magical way to create something wonderful. Like alchemy, it is the transmutation of lead into gold.

The Universal Waite card shows the angel with one foot on land and one in the water. The perfect balance allows magic to happen: the water is flowing between the cups in a way that defies gravity. The angel’s halo represents serenity, and the red wings are power; both are in exquisite balance. 

Core Meaning:  The right thing at the right time in the right place.

On a side note. When I pull a signifier card, this is the one I usually get for myself. The Troth deck version of this gets my attention every time.


One thought on “XIV Temperance

  1. I LOVE the core meaning you put here… “The right thing at the right time in the right place.” That’s so perfect. This can also be a signifier of opposites attracting (in many decks, there is fire in one cup, and water in the other, and they are being combined in a third cup, as in the second picture you posted).

    I did a reading once for a friend who was having some significant troubles with a coworker. It was so bad that he was considering leaving his job. Temperance appeared as his future, signifying that, despite their disagreements, things would soon begin to click in a new way. And sure enough, they were assigned to the same project, and became friends. The coworker was even one of the groomsmen at his wedding!

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