Temperance is typically depicted as an angel who holds two cups of water. The angel has one foot in a body of water and another on dry land. This denotes balance and union. Temperance is also often shown holding two cups and pouring water from one to the other. In the background, we might see a sun rising over the mountain and blue skies. However, Temperance is depicted, the card is all about balance.
Upright: Calm, serenity, balance, patience
Reversed: Lack of balance, recklessness, imbalance
Temperance is associated with serenity, balance, moderation, and patience. Seeing this card means that you have a clear vision and that things are unfolding as they are meant to unfold. The card also implies working in harmony with others.
When seen in reverse, Temperance warns you about a lack of balance in your life. Depending on your question and the other cards in your spread, the imbalance can be in a certain situation or within your life.
Temperance in a Love Reading
Upright: Temperance in a love reading calls for moderation when it comes to love. Are you giving too much or too little in a relationship? Are you being too pushy or too reserved in looking for a new partner? Whatever the case, compromise, and finding a sense of harmony are key to success.
Reversed: Seeing Temperance in reverse in a love reading means that you may mean that you need a bit more balance in your love life. You can’t force things when it comes to love- no matter how much you might want a specific relationship or are trying to get to the next level with your partner when they’re not ready.
Temperance in a Career Reading
Upright: Seeing Temperance in a career reading may be a sign that you need to remain steady in your determination to keep working towards your goals. It will take time and effort, but the card will help you achieve your goals. The appearance of Temperance also suggests that you have a good balance between work life and personal life.
Reversed: When Temperance turns up in a career reading, you may want to take a look at your work-life balance. On the other hand, you may be holding back resentments and internalizing problems instead of actually dealing with the feelings. If there is a conflict at work, or if you’re doing too much at work, consider dealing with the problem before your work suffers.
Temperance in Finances
Upright: When seen in a reading about finances Temperance calls for moderation. When it comes to spending and earning. If you’ve been saving, diligently, maybe you can afford to treat yourself once in a while.
Reversed: Temperance in a reading about finances means that the way you approach your money may need to change. If you’re indulging or spending too much, you may need to cut back. Temperance in reverse tells you that your current mindset is not realistic for the long term.