XIV. Temperance



An all-white, naked figure stands on their left leg on top of a snowy mountain peak, holding the aurora borealis up against the night sky. They prop up a green band of color with their left hand, a blue band of color with their right hand, and a pink band of color with their right foot.

Key words

Upright: balance, moderation, adaptation

Reversed: discord, frustration, excess, extremes

Reflection questions

  • Which areas of my life are currently out of balance, and what steps can I take to restore equilibrium?
  • How can I navigate conflicts and differences with others in a way that is compassionate and understanding?
  • How can I balance my desires and passions with my responsibilities and obligations?

Temperance Upright

The Temperance card shows a need for balance, patience, and moderation. That could mean staying out of drama, remaining calm during a crisis, waiting for certain events to unfold, or bringing discordant elements into harmony. Rather than counting on others to change their ways, consider whether you can improve yourself and/or the way you work with others. Before making any big decisions, take a moment to evaluate the options available to you. Proceed slowly and carefully and you will know the best path forward.

Temperance Reversed

You may be feeling out of balance. Are you getting enough sleep? Making time for activities you enjoy? Drinking enough water? Temperance in reverse can indicate that it’s time to evaluate what (or whom) you want to keep in your life. Meditate or reflect on any extreme emotions that might come up; investigating the root cause might help you work through those emotions. Try not to make decisions based on impulses and try to find “the middle path” when working with others.