Temperance Tarot Card Meaning (Card 14)

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What does the Temperance tarot card mean?

Temperance appears to inform you that moderation is the key to success in this situation. Keep moving forward at a measured pace. There’s no need to force things.

This major arcana tarot card focuses on balance and moderation in life. It’s a sign of harmony and peace, even in challenging situations.

When you’re facing an obstacle or sorting through a complex situation, this tarot card tells you that balance and moderation are the keys to making it through.

Unlike cards such as The Chariot and Strength, Temperance gently lets you know that the sheer force of will isn’t the way through every situation. Sometimes what you need most is calm patience.

The Temperance tarot card:

  • tells you that balance and moderation are the keys to making it past an obstacle or resolving a situation with a difficult amount of complexity.
  • gently lets you know that the sheer force of will isn’t the way through every situation.
  • advises handling the matter with calm patience.

What is the Temperance zodiac sign?

The zodiac sign of Temperance is Sagittarius

Temperance Tarot Guide

Keywords for Temperance: Balance, tranquility, calm, moderation

Yes or No: Yes

Planet of Temperance: Jupiter

Element of Temperance: Fire

What does the Temperance card mean in a love reading?

Temperance is one of the most positive tarot cards that can appear in a love reading, as it denotes a harmonious relationship and points to a soulmate-level connection.

If you’re single, Temperance indicates that a fulfilling relationship may soon be on its way. Like attracts like, so bring your best and highest self to all that you do. That way, people who mirror your greatest good will recognize you as a kindred spirit.

Should Temperance appear when you’re in a relationship that is characterized by struggle, it suggests that balance, cooperation and compromise are the ways forward. Seek time-tested wisdom to help you resolve the tension and remember that relationships go through their ups and downs.

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What does the Temperance tarot card mean for career, money and finance?

The Temperance card arrives in a career or money reading to encourage you to be wise, patient and to practice moderation in this area of your life. Move forward steadily, but avoid any huge or risky actions, like spending capriciously or rage-quitting your job because you’re having a rough day.

From a financial perspective, hold off on big purchases—especially if they involve debt that will be difficult to repay—and keep building at a sustainable pace.

  • In your career, keep putting in the time, consistently, to achieve your goal.
  • Plan ahead for growth and focus on the next step in front of you.
  • If the situation calls for a little extra effort to close the deal, go for it, but don’t burn yourself out.
  • Patience and consistency will pay off.

What does the Temperance tarot card mean for health?

In a health reading, Temperance reminds you of the expression, “All things in moderation.” Rather than attempting to pull off anything extreme, abide by the 80/20 rule. Create a plan that fitness and eating regimen that works with your current lifestyle.

If you’ve been experiencing any health issues (physical, mental, or emotional), this card suggests that you see if there are ways in which you’ve been doing too little or too much, and adjust accordingly.

This card most commonly appears in this type of spread if there are any unhealthy behaviors or dependencies that you may need to cut back on.

Temperance Tarot Card in Reverse Meaning

The Temperance card comes through in a reversed position when you’re wobbling out of balance in a way that’s will bring consequences.

This may point to more of your inner state of being. It’s possible you’re feeling a lack of harmony and balance in your life, and it’s causing you stress or anxiety. A lack of connection to purpose might be making you feel uneasy.

If that’s the case, pause and examine whether you’re living in alignment with your personal truths. Are your actions taking you further away from your long-term goals? If so, do what’s necessary to pivot in the opposite direction.

The reversed Temperance card can be a red flag of harmful behaviors or indulgences. While Temperance cautions against drastic changes, it supports you in finding small ways at curbing any destructive habits.

Is the Temperance tarot card a yes or no?

Temperance is generally a yes in a yes or no reading, especially when a yes answer is in alignment with a balanced approach.

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