The Major Arcana
As water inexorably flows down the mountains into the streams and rivers and then out to the seas and oceans, this ever-flowing element of nature is often associated with peace and tranquility.
The Temperance card can represent the peace and tranquility we feel when our life is flowing calmly and happily in the right direction.
However, it can often represent a time when we need to balance logic and reason against strife and struggle in order to salvage some harmony.
It is your ability to weigh right from wrong, to balance good against bad and to manage the volatile factors in your life that determines how easily you can feel a sense of balance and harmony when the going is tough.
When the Temperance card appears in your reading, it can imply that if you have been suffering a challenging time, happier and more harmonious times lay ahead. Peace can be restored and you will regain a tranquil normality to your life again.
It can suggest that a greater sense of self-control is required for you to cope with changing circumstances. And for those who are suffering because of alcoholism for example, this card is a sign that temperance and sobriety is needed.
The Temperance card is about moderation, going with the flow and looking for solutions that will put an end to conflicts and troubles, like pouring water over a fire to put it out. The gentle flow of water erodes giant rocks in its path. Likewise patience and gentle persistence can help us all to work through or around obstacles and challenges in our path.
This card can also signify that spirituality may provide comfort at a particularly difficult time, and when this card appears in your reading, you can be sure that someone out there is looking after you.