Inverted Temperance


Inverted TemperanceLike the Inverted Justice card, something is out of balance. This imbalance might effect your health, energy, emotions, or work. You might find yourself in an all or nothing mindset, making it impossible to move forward.

Are you running hot and cold? The hot can lead to arguments, accidents, and impatience. The cold immobilizes you, making you overly cautious and blocking creativity. You need to regain balance. This will involve meditation, proper nutrition, and body work. Yoga, massage, and energy work can help bring you back into balance. Eating nourishing foods is important, but so is avoiding foods your body responds to as toxins. Intentional breathing, journaling, and working with Tarot can help bring the unconscious mind back to center. Once you are back in balance, you can respond to your work and environment with perspective, allowing you to move forward.


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

Major Arcana

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.

The Inversion

There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous

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