Temperance Tarot Card Meanings

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Temperance (Reversed)

Ideas: Breakup, extremes, opposite

Traits: Disruptive, impatient, intolerant, restrained, uncooperative, unrestrained

Emotions: Annoyance, disappointment, enthusiasm, exhilaration, frustration, pleasure, unhappiness

  • Actions:
    • Allowing or denying yourself to enjoy a particular pleasure
    • Doing an activity more or less
    • Going solo
    • Letting your emotions out
    • Pursuing or stopping your favorite activities
    • Separating yourself from others
Temperance (Upright, Balanced)

Ideas: Blending, combination, harmony, mediation, synthesis

Traits: Balanced, calm, conciliatory, cooperative, creative, healthy, moderate, modest, patient, tolerant

Emotions: Contentment, gladness, relief, satisfaction, tenderness

  • Actions:
    • Bringing opposites together
    • Finding middle ground
    • Moderating your actions or emotions
    • Reaching compromises
    • Synthesizing solutions that please everyone involved
    • Using the old to make something new
Temperance (Upright, Excessive)

Ideas: Abstinence, avoidance, numbness

Traits: Cowardly, inhibited, passive, repressed, rigid, strict, timid

Emotions: Apprehension, neglect, nervousness, uneasiness

  • Actions:
    • Avoiding conflict
    • Brushing off the problem
    • Failing to take care of your emotional needs
    • Numbing your emotions
    • Refraining from indulging
    • Refusing to discuss a difficult issue

Temperance’s Advice

Personal Growth

Young people want to toss out tradition and forge ahead. Older people are more conservative. Between these extremes lies a healthier middle ground. Define the polarities and then ask, “What lies between?”


Set superficial relationships aside. Pursue trust and deep intimacy—the subtle blending of two people into one. Bring people together. Commit to introductions, parties, or gatherings. Seek out groups.


Many hands make work easier. Call meetings. Get input from every level at every step. If everyone has a hand in defining an effort, then everyone will feel ownership and investment. Moderate your tendency towards all-or-nothing work habits.


Some spiritual advisors recommend extreme practices, from fasting to abstinence, as a means of boosting spiritual awareness. Consider the potential value of moderation in all things. You can value what is right here, right now, without craving more or surpassing healthy limits.

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