Temperance

Interpretation

TemperanceAs with Justice, look at the cards on either side of Temperance. They represent what needs to be blended, combined, or alternated. Often this encourages healing or sets the proper events in motion.

If you receive this card, look at what parts of your life (or the current situation) feel set apart from the rest. Look critically at these orphans and see how they can be better integrated into the whole. Be aware there might be a period of confusion or indecision while these disparate energies combine. That’s normal. But, once the situation has settled, it will transform into something greater than the sum of its parts. Innovation does not invent something totally new. It combines the familiar in new ways.

Interactions

In a spread, Temperance can lend indecision to other cards, or stability to Justice.

Major Arcana

Inverted High Priestess: If Temperance comes after the Inverted High Priestess, it represents bewilderment and difficulty finding a solution.
Lovers: When Temperance combines with the Lovers, it indicates indecision. If the Lovers is inverted, it means a lover is being deceitful.
Hanged Man: Temperance and the Hanged Man combine to mean deception, false promises, and indecision.
Justice: If Temperance comes before Justice, a long legal process will end justly and with equity. If Temperance comes after Justice, it indicates there will be delays in a legal process, or a legal matter may not eventuate.

The Major Arcana

The twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana tend to hold the big lessons. These cards carry powerful messages. If you are reading a spread of cards, watch for the Major Arcana. If your spread contains more than 30% Major Arcana, you are in the midst of something big, or beyond your control. If most of the cards in the spread are from the Major Arcana, you might be trying to exert too much control. You might have trouble expressing your feelings, or you might be near your breaking point. A spread without any Major Arcana cards could indicate you are hiding from the truth of the issue, or are in some deep distress. If this is the case, it is important to find someone you can trust to guide you through this period of time. In a spread, focus most of your attention on the Major Arcana. The other cards will be useful for clarifying the situation.

Number — 14, which resolves to 5

Five is a number of conflict, change, and opportunity.

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