14. Temperance

     Temperance is the fourteenth card of the major arcana and the fourteenth step in the journey of life. Standing with one foot on the water (the emotional) and one foot on the land (the physical), an angelic figure (the spiritual) measures in equal portions an amount of water between two cups; trying to maintain a constant balance. The triangle present on his robes represents the three above aspects working in unity with one another. In pagan terms this defines the threefold law. When Temperance comes into your spread it's time to take and evaluate yourself. Are you applying equal portions of each part of your being (physical, emotional, and spiritual) in you daily life or in your deeds or is one outweighing the other? When this angelic figure comes into your spread he says to you, "Grant me the serenity to accept the things i cant change, the courage to change the things i can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
     We find ourselves many times acting spontaneously without considering or weighing the consequences of our actions. Are we acting within the best interest of the society we are living within, or are we acting with our own self interests in mind? Are we over indulging in things that may harm us or, not paying a mind to the consequences of excessive behaviors? When this card comes into your spread it is a sure indicator to take and re~evaluate our actions or what we are doing to ourselves or others. It indicates to you that maybe you are acting without thinking, or compulsively doing things your not supposed to or that may harm you or someone else. This card entering your spread warns you to cease excessive behavior and set healthy and responsible boundaries.

Keywords for Interpretation
Economy, moderation, frugality,  management, accommodation, reflection, temperance, patience, compatability
Dogmatism, excesses, spending, mismanagement,  selfishness, egotism, over indulgeance, alcoholism and addiction, obsession,  competition

     There is a myriad of symbolisms on this and many of the other cards in both the major and minor arcana. In order to present a comprehensive and easy to use as a reference source set of pages for this and other cards, I will refrain from going into great detail regarding the individual symbols on the cards. On a future date I will go over the more explicit aspects of them. If you have a question regarding a particular symbol you can email me at Tamerin. I would also like to hear from you on some of your interpretations of this particular card or any other that you would like to discuss. Please use above email link.
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