Temperance Tarot Card Meanings 2017-12-29T11:59:05+00:00
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Temperance: Moderation

Temperance Tarot Card
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Temperance tarot card meanings in traditional tarot stem from its connection to both Astrology and Numerology. Temperance tarot card can mean:


Balance, harmony, and equilibrium.

Mixing different situations to create a better one.

People and situations complementing each other.

Finding the middle ground.

Enjoying well-being.


Getting your life together.

Testing the waters.

Communicating with higher powers.





Symbolism in Temperance tarot card

The angel is Gabriel, who is the angel of messages. Gabriel lights the way to the truth and assists us to see our highest and best path. The vessels in the angel’s hands represent the vessel that contains eternal life. The flowers are symbolising the goddess Iris who links God to humanity. Iris travels from one end of the world to another, into the depth of the sea and the underworld. The angel’s feet, one on land and one in water, symbolise the unification of the external and internal, conscious and subconscious. It also represents testing the waters before jumping into the unknown. The red wings on the angel represent blood which symbolises life. The sun conceals a crown which represents a connection to higher power. The triangle on the angel’s dress is an equilateral triangle and symbolise spirit, divinity, fire, life, prosperity and harmony. It can also symbolise God and the holy trinity. The square outside the triangle represents protection and stability. Temperance is ruled by Sagittarius in the Zodiac.

Temperance tarot card and Astrology

Temperance is ruled by Sagittarius. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter. Jupiter is the planet for seeking knowledge through experience, long-distance travel, tolerance, expansion, and luck. There is a desire to understand other culture and aiming at long distance goals, as well as destinations. Jupiter is the planet for the seeker and when well-aspected denotes confidence and inner knowing, intuition, vision, good fortune and optimism. When poorly aspected it denotes fanaticism, recklessness, and intemperate behaviour has gone too far.

Temperance tarot card meanings upright

Temperance in a general reading

Temperance tarot card represents a balanced interaction between the elements to create something new and fresh. Temperance includes all the elements in such a way that it brings out the best of each substance. When the Temperance card shows up in your life there is great balance and strength between the different areas and people in your life that are working together. The outcome is beneficial for everyone involved. Temperance appears in your life to point out to you what is giving your life meaning and purpose. This card also says that you will achieve the best result by being moderate and humble. Temperance is also linked to the angelic realm so listen to the inner guidance as this is the messages from your guardian angel. Temperance assists with staying connected and balanced. It is a card for good timing and the ability to adapt to new situations and to work well with others.

Temperance in a love reading

In a love reading, Temperance tarot card signifies a relationship between two opposites who complete each other. If the Seeker is single Temperance means they will meet someone different who will bring out the best in them. They will fall in love without losing their heads.

Temperance in a career reading

In a career reading, Temperance tarot card signifies Humanitarian careers and management jobs.

Temperance as feelings

Temperance speaks of feelings that are creating well-being within the seeker. The Seeker needs to execute strong boundaries to keep their heaven within, or they could start attracting toxic people. Temperance speaks of love that brings the best out in the Seeker. It is not an intense feeling, more a feeling of being enhanced.

If you are asking how someone feels about you, Temperance can mean the person feels you are bringing harmony and happiness into his/hers life. They feel you are bringing something new into their life that makes their life a lot better. Temperance can also mean the person is feeling melaconic.

Learn what Temperance tarot card means in the Grand Tableau. 

Personality types in Temperance tarot card

Temperance tarot card is someone who is used to compromise and who has a patient and balanced approach. This is someone who has healing and psychic abilities. They often combine two totally different aspects of a situation to create something new and fresh. They are great at management, especially when it comes to managing people. This is someone who gets the best out of people. They believe in moderation and are aiming at long-term goals, higher education, and far away places. This is someone who lives their adult life quite different from how they grew up, often even in a new country with a different culture. They live by the rule; a marathon lasts longer than a spring, and pursue their goals and dreams in the same manner. Everything happens when it’s meant to, there is no need to rush it. Temperance tarot card people are excellent communicators and mediators.


Temperance: Moderation

Temperance tarot card meanings reversed

Temperance tarot card reversed indicates that the balance between two opposing elements to create a third goes terribly wrong. This card often shows up when two different people who could bring out the best in each other instead bring out the worst. There is no middle ground and at least one is left feeling exhausted and drained. Elements refuse to mix. The merging of groups and families do not work. Creating a new business by merging two smaller companies fail. The environment is toxic. There is a lack of substance to make the dream a reality. On a more personal level, there is hot temper and impatience, and an unwillingness to unify and mix in.

Personality types in reversed Temperance tarot card

Temperance tarot card reversed is someone who is going too fast, too far and is taking too many risks. They need to slow down and have a break. Someone or something in their life is driving them crazy, bringing out the worst in them. The way they are going they will burn out long before they reach any of their goals. This is someone irritable and angry, who just wants some peace and quiet, however, there is little of that around. They are too stubborn to change and is sticking with what is not working for them. Temperance reversed denotes someone who is ready for change but is too exhausted to make any decisions that will shake things up. They are very easily manipulated by others.

Temperance tarot card combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including Temperance:

Temperance + The Magician: The wellness industry. 

Temperance + The High Priestess: An angel intuitive. A psychic healer. 

Temperance + The Lovers: A balanced relationship. A relationship that heals. 

Temperance + The Chariot: Moving or travelling overseas. 

Temperance + The World: Higher education. Living overseas. 

Temperance + Ace of cups: Channeling spiritual information. The Arts. Spiritual work. 

Temperance + Four of cups: Contemplating.  

Temperance + Ten of cups: A happy and loving family. Spiritual family.

Temperance + Queen of cups: A Humanitarian. 

Temperance + King of cups: A diplomat.

Temperance + Three of pentacles: Long career path. 

Temperance + Ten of pentacles: Your soul family. 

Temperance + Page of pentacles: Post graduate degree. 

Temperance + Ace of swords: Speaking the truth. 

Temperance + Four of swords: Meditating.

Temperance + Six of swords: Anthropology. Learning from other cultures. 

Temperance + Eight of swords: Communicating in another language. 

Temperance + King of swords: A news reporter. Broadcasting. 

Temperance + Two of wands: A successful idea/enterprise. 

Temperance + Three of wands: Export/import. 

Temperance + Knight of wands: An overseas adventure.

Temperance tarot card meanings summary

Temperance tarot card denotes creating your own Heaven on Earth. Temperance speaks of opening the channels to your guardian angels and to the Creator of All to have inner peace while on Earth. Temperance tarot card shows up when health and well-being are of utmost importance. Temperance helps us create peace and harmony through the way we think and communicate.

Learn what Temperance tarot card means as a final tarot card in a love reading.


  1. E. April 29, 2016 at 4:38 am

    Hi Inger,

    After a break up, I asked the cards: will he call(or writing- sms, mail, a poem, anything) me the following days/weeks- i got the Devil reversed, and will he make any actions toward me in the next few months(spring, summer) and i got the the Temperance reversed. What he wants from me- Six of cups.
    Whats your opinion?

  2. Inger Bråthen April 29, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Usually reversed cards indicate a no in tarot…

  3. N March 29, 2017 at 1:27 am

    Hi Inger,
    Just wanted to thank you for this website, it’s very resourceful, I’ve learnt all the tarot meanings from here only and I’ll be nearing a year since i started practicing.
    I’m very grateful and consider you as my guru.

  4. Judith March 30, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Hi Inger,

    i am searching for a lost item which i believe is at my home because i got a 10 of cups when i asked if it’s within the house.

    I asked where my item is exactly and received temperance upright, reversed king of swords and reversed queen of cups.

    Based on these pictures alone, i am assuming it’s somewhere in the master bedroom (because of king and queen).. but i am not too sure. Can you advice please?


  5. Inger Bråthen April 1, 2017 at 2:59 am

    With the reversed court cards, is there a possibility that someone has stolen it or hiding it. I feel like someone knows where this item is. 10 of cups can also mean property, so if you have any other buildings where you live, also have a look there.

  6. Inger Bråthen April 1, 2017 at 4:19 am

    Thank you so much! 🙂

  7. Judith April 1, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Hi Inger,

    I am quite certain nobody is hiding it but possibly still in the home somewhere after somebody washed it and chucked it aside (maybe in a drawer or something with stacks of stuff) but just couldn’t find it yet 🙁 I have no other property so it could likely still be in the house. I think my mom may be the culprit but she tends to forget where she puts things.

    From the three cards, is there sort of an direction/indication as to where the item might be in the home? I know that some people use hoarary to find stuff

  8. Inger Bråthen April 1, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    I would try in the west of your house….

  9. Martha April 3, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Can u help me with Temperance as how does he feel about me? I used the whole deck. Raider Waite. Thanks.

  10. Inger Bråthen April 6, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Temperance is a wellbeing card, and it denotes this person feels very good around you and has warm feelings for you.

  11. Jane May 3, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Hello Inger,

    I asked about a romantic relationship with a man who has been a friend for several years. Last week I told him I’d like to pursue this and am waiting to hear back from him whether he wants this as well. I asked the cards if I should let go of him or keep hope for this romance in Celtic Cross and this is what I got:

    Nine of Pentacles
    The World
    King of Pentacles
    Page of Cups
    Ten of Cups
    Eight of Pentacles
    The Fool
    King of Cups (I think this represents him)

    I feel cautiously optimistic but would like to hear your thoughts. Perhaps I will never be more than just a friend to him? Waiting for him to respond has been quite stressful. Thank you so much.

  12. Inger Bråthen May 4, 2017 at 7:15 am

    I feel like you will need to give him some time as he was very surprised and not sure about his feelings….his mindset was not on a relationship. He could change, however, at the moment he is unsure what he wants.

  13. Jane May 4, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Thank you for the quick response, Inger. Much appreciated. I’m trying to be patient and accept whatever outcome may come my way.

  14. ForiegnKiri May 7, 2017 at 3:32 am

    I had asked if the guy I loved would be happier if I stopped persuing him. I ended up with the temperance reversed as a final card I’m the future spread. Just need clarifying what it means.

  15. Jane May 7, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Hi Inger,

    Update: yesterday he told me he loves me countless times, there is nothing he does not like about me, and prefers my company to all others but does not feel capable of a relationship at this time and is not sure he ever will due to a recent divorce. I told him I could not pretend to have ‘just friend’ feelings for him and would need to spend less time alone with him. It was extremely emotional for both of us. This morning I did a reading to ask what our relationship will look like in one month and got this:

    Two of cups
    Ten of cups
    King of cups
    Ace of sword
    Four of wands
    Eight of swords
    Ten of wands
    Two of wands
    The devil

    I don’t know what to make of it. Your website and interpretations have helped me greatly in deciphering when I read but right now my emotions are clouding my mind. Please can you tell me what you think? Thank you ever so much for your time and kindness.

  16. Inger Bråthen May 8, 2017 at 11:17 am

    The temperance can mean to slow things down as this is the card for balance. You shouldn’t have to pursuit anyone. once you made your feelings clear you can let it go. If he feels the same way, he will come to you.

  17. Inger Bråthen May 8, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Hi. He needs to heal from his divorce which leaves you waiting and confused. Deep down I feel like you want and ending to this. I feel like you might walk away from this man.

  18. Diana May 13, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Hi Inger,

    I asked the tarot, What was (man that I’m seeing) intentions, and if our relationship will develop romantically.
    I got the 2 of wands as the situation, the knight of pentacles as what I need to know, and Temperance as advice, and the Highpriestess as outcome with the hierophant as clarifying card.

    What exactly does it mean? Temperance as advice and HP, with HP?
    I’m so confused and want to keep a positive mental attitude with this relationship. And I also want to add that he’s on a break (from a 5 year relationship, he’s single but still attach because of this break, was giving an ultimating. However, we been talking for 2 months and our conversations are emotional, we tell each other everything so comfortably. He did mention to me that he didn’t want to rush into another relationship, and wanted to be by himself for a while. And I’m assuming until he figures out what he wants to do with the other relationship. However I’m still puzzled by these cards. I check interpretations for this in your website, and it said “An angel intuitive. A psychic healer.” Hope you can help me, I will really appreciated.

  19. Inger Bråthen May 14, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Temperance as advice is telling you to take things very slow with this person as he is not ready, and also the High Priestess means that he is keeping things to himself a lot.

  20. Jane May 24, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Hello Inger,

    I wanted to update you and say thank you. Your interpretations and insight have helped me tremendously. What you said about me wanting it to end with my male friend caused me to deeply examine my feelings and actions. He is not ready for a serious relationship, but what we have now is truly the best relationship I have ever experienced and healing for us both. I would be a fool to walk away from someone who has such a positive effect upon me simply because the relationship is not moving forward as quickly as I want or doesn’t fit into a narrow definition in my mind. Once I came to this realization it all became easy. We are once again enjoying one another’s company and friendship without pressure. Perhaps it will grow or maybe it won’t. Either way I consider myself fortunate to have such a man in my life. I nearly made a huge mistake and your words helped me. Thank you so much. I feel peace.

  21. Inger Bråthen May 25, 2017 at 8:25 am

    That is great news!!! Thank you for letting me know.. I really appreciate it 🙂

  22. Lexi June 11, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Hi Inger,

    I did a reading askin if my boyfriend is seeing someone else and i got the page of pentacles l, the hieorphant and temperanice reversed. What is this saying with regards to the answer. Thank you for your time.

  23. Inger Bråthen June 11, 2017 at 6:53 am
  24. Betsy June 19, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Hi Inger,

    I asked the cards what a special person (who was like a best friend and lover at the same time to me) still thinks and feels about me, because a lot of strange events occured since our “break up”, all hints pointing to his direction. I chose the relationship spread system and “his” cards were Fool, Temperance and 3 of Swords. I’m quite a newbie to this, so can you please explain me the meaning? I’d appreciate it a lot xxx

  25. Inger Bråthen June 20, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Hi. I feel like your ex has a lot of energy and is doing a lot of things, but he’s not in a good routine, and he has not got a lot of security in his life. He wants to feel secure, but I don’t know if he knows how to commit properly yet. That is what I feel he is learning, and once he is committed, he will have a lot more peace within.

  26. Kay July 26, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Heading into eclipse time, and having scorpio at 3° rising and a Leo in my mid heaven I decided to pull cards in career movement. I pulled the sun, 8 of swords, temperance. My overall card being page of cups…love to hear your take. Good to see someone else’s point of view…tx!

  27. Inger Bråthen July 30, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    This card combination can speak of some pressure in career which leads you to rethink things. I do feel this is just a phase and you will get through it stronger than ever.

  28. J August 20, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Hi Inger!

    I hope all is well on your end, for October the main theme was Temperance, but clarifying cards were:

    High Priestess (reversed)
    7 of Wands

    I always appreciate your interpretations as they help prepare for what’s to come! Thank you!

  29. Inger Bråthen August 23, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    When High priestess shows up reversed, it can denote some heartache and emotional pain that you will be dealing with and heal from.

  30. Tot September 7, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Hi Inger,
    Temperance has been haunting me lately, which is confusing since I don’t really understand this card that much. I pulled out a clarifying card and got Justice – another confusing card for me! All I usually associate with it is legal/court related. Can you tell me what your insight is on this?

  31. Inger Bråthen September 7, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Temperance means you can create your own ‘Heaven on Earth’, but you must have strong boundaries, or deceptive people will ruin things.

  32. Lisa September 28, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Hi Inger! What is the combination of three of wands, knight of wands, and temperance mean in a love reading. The question was will I be seeing a guy I dated again after all this years. I will appreciate your response.

  33. Inger Bråthen October 1, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Yes, I think you will.

  34. Kristin October 18, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Hi, Inger! I just did a generalized 2 card pull and got queen of swords and temperance. Your input on the meaning would be greatly appreciated!!

  35. Inger Bråthen October 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Hi, Kristin. I feel there has been a situation in your life that has kind of held you back and you are realizing what you have to do. There is a renewal happening in your belief system. I feel you use your intellect to help people, and you might go on a learning curve yourself as part of your renewal. I feel you will have a lot of success in your professional life. Doors will open for you and you could be moving as well.

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