Tarot Study ~ Major Arcana/Temperance



14 Temperance

Keywords: adaptation; purity of thought; discipline; principles; integrity; clear conscience

Archetypes: Glenda, the Good Witch of the North; the archangels; your guardian angel; Grandma Moses; Abraham Lincoln





Astrological Sun Sign/Sagittarius

Upright Interpretation: You are doing everything right, by the book, with a clear conscience. Your mother would be proud of you. Is everything going to work out, just because you’re doing everything the way it should be done? Not necessarily, but at least you’ll have nothing to feel guilty about. Life, at this point, will at least feel stable and grounded, and you might get to catch your breath for a brief moment before the universe throws you another curve ball. Only in the movies do the good guys always win.

Reversed Interpretation: Someone isn’t playing by the rules. Tsk, tsk, the bad guy may be masquerading as a saint, keep your eye on him. The double edged sword of Sagittarius is telling us that now would be a good time to jump out of the box and think between the lines. It’s okay, really, it is, if you have to break a few rules here and there to get a positive outcome for the Bigger Picture. Think “Hunger Games”, “for the good of all”. It’s kind of scary, isn’t it?

Study Questions:

1. What is your first impression of this card?

2. What does this card mean to You?

3. Are there details on this card that especially stand out for you? If so, write them down and explain.

4. How does this card define relationships?

5. How does this card define financial circumstances?

6. How is this card relevant to health issues?

Affirmations for Meditation:

1. I will aspire to balance in all things.

2. I will aspire to fairness.

3. I will aspire to decency.

4. I will embrace the attributes of saintliness as positive energy.

5. I will spread these aspirations to everyone I touch.

A Tarot Reading for Temperance:
Temperance ~ 9/pentacles; Judgement; The Magician

You are deceptive at times, dear Temperance, your angelic calm countenance hiding all the emotional turmoil that lays beneath the surface.  How do you stay so calm in the face of adversity?  How can you expect us, mere humans, to do the same?  Maybe it’s all a trick; you’re not making eye contact, not on any card that I’ve seen.  (If I don’t look at them, they won’t panic, you think.)

What’s it all about anyway?

It’s all about learning to accept who you are and your lot in life.  It’s the idea that if you aren’t satisfied where you are, no matter where that is, you won’t be satisfied anywhere.  (And I mean this both literally and figuratively.).  Once we learn to accept where we are, and we figure that we might as well make the best of it and give it all we’ve got to make it livable and desirable, the Universe says to us– You’ve got it, by golly!– and then it hands us something new and unexpected on a silver platter, another rung up the ladder.  And we think to ourselves, okay, that’s what it was all about, huh.

It’s all about learning what Judgement is, really, and learning when to pay attention to it, when to apply it, and when to avoid and ignore it.  Whose judgement are we passing anyway?  Who has the authority to pass judgement on us?  Life is subjective, that’s what you’re trying to tell us Temperance.  You’re saying that if everything in our world is checking out okay, on every level, and we’re not being harmed, or doing harm, then it’s good.  It’s all good.  The hell with what anyone else thinks.  I think this is all part of the first lesson following on your tail, learning to accept ourselves, even if society, or family members, or the snob down the street doesn’t.

So, for the big picture, just out of curiosity, what are you trying to convey to us, Temperance?  That power comes from within?  That when we allow other people to judge us unfairly, we hand our power over to them?  That everyone has phases or moments in life when they aren’t as strong or powerful as they thought they were, or they thought they should be, but it’s all a temporary state anyway.  I know what you’re saying Temperance, we’ll get our power back– just keep our heads down and stay with the program, whatever that might be.

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