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Originally Posted by Abrac View Post
The white square symbolizes the outer man in a state of purity. The Golden Dawn Portal Ritual says in its description of the Temperance card: "On her breast is a square, the emblem of rectitude."óRegardie, The Golden Dawn, p. 218. "Rectitude" means moral uprightness and seems to me akin to "purity." In the Waite-Smith Temperance there appears to be activity in two directions, horizontal and vertical, as shown here . . .
What has always struck me visually about this card is the "diagonal" movement in three dimensions, arising in the background with the glowing crown and culminating in the flow between the cups, which appears to have its source in the crown. I can't recall now where I read about the significance of this particular feature.
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