The rune is wunjo, the rune of joy. The astrological sign is Sagittarius, the teacher of truth, enthusiasm, tolerance and beauty. The angel is actually the child of Hermes and Aphrodite, showing a balance between the sexes. The triangle inside the square on her robe represents the female being protected by the natural law. Remember Justice had the circle being protected by the law. Temperance is protecting the woman. The cups are the sub and super conscious again. The water flowing between them is actually going from the lower cup to the higher one, signifying raising from a lower plane to a higher one. Notice the path in the background, again leading to the sun. The flowers are Irises, of course, sacred to the Goddess of the rainbow. The angel has one foot on dry land (the material world) and one foot in the water (the watery place of the subconscious). Invoking Iris in your meditation can assist you in integrating two or more important issues in your life. She can assist your process of experiencing your life as an art form that is both tempered and balanced.
Temperance, like Justice, indicates the need for balance and tranquillity to achieve and experience fulfilment in our lives. The angel in the image has one foot on a stone and the other in the river. In this stance she represents the need to "test the waters" before jumping headlong into unknown circumstances. Here she tempers the whimsical flight of the Fool who jumps without giving a second thought. In her hands are two cups which she uses to mix water. One cup can be thought of as holding hot water and the other cold water. The temperate individual mixes the opposites and finds a balance in life by avoiding extremes.
What you are experiencing is a clash between the old and the new. A chemical reaction in mind, body, and affairs caused by a reaction to a new action. There is nothing to fear, it's part of the process and without it change could not occur.
You will see a need for re-evaluation. You may be re-evaluating the situation. Be aware it may be you who are the subject of the forthcoming re-evaluation. Avoid "crying over spilt milk" or saying, "I told you so".
This card represents adaptation, coordination, and tempering influences. You are able to work in harmony with others. You show good management and balance in your outlook on life. What you have imagined will come to pass.
Temperance indicates that, deep down, you already know what you need to do. Your inner voice is guiding you gently to the right outcome and you are patiently listening and following. You have a very balanced perspective on the situation at this time and you are in a very good position to make the right choice for you. You have weighed up the different issues from a holistic point of view, and know now what you need to do.
Patience. You need to be patient so that you can act with timing and precision. Test yourself: do you feel anxious or in harmony with practical considerations and natural laws? Learn how to mix, blend, stir and wait.
Patience and moderation will result in good management of all things. Your temperament will be well balanced. There will be co-operation in activities with others. Want spiritual assistance in producing the solution to a problem. Many unforeseen or unexpected events are going to come up, but these elements will chemicalize, neutralise, or transform situations, all with a positive end in view.
What you are experiencing is a clash between the old and the new. A chemical reaction in mind, body, and affairs caused by a reaction to a new action. There is nothing to fear, it's part of the process and without it change could not occur. You will evaluate seclusion, detachment and retreats as methods for accomplishing great things. You will avoid pain, conflict and distractions and lessen your stress and anxiety. Looking inward will re-charge you.Temperance can be regarded as a forge in which the essence of a new, more spiritually aware self is created after the "sweeping away" of the Death card. All aspects of the self are being rebuilt by the angel in the picture, who represents our own unifying spirit.
The angel has one foot in water and one foot on land, signifying the balance between the real world and the unconscious. The temperate person has stricken this balance and is able to walk in both worlds as the same personality. The road leading off into the distance is literally the road that will be taken back after this transformation has been completed.
A time for moderation and balance. Sometimes the best thing to do is to wait. Patience. The need to step back and let things happen.