There is so much we can see in this card! There is a definite person power about it that helps us to attain our goals and dreams.
Most Temperance cards have an Angel standing by a stream. In the Cosmic Tarot it shows a beautiful, passionate looking woman pouring water into a stream. The upper portion of her body wears an exquisite gold necklace and the lower portion of her body seems to be donned in luxurious gold satin or silk, on her feet a lovely pair of gold sandals. Behind her looks to be a bird called the heron. In front of her is an iris plant, its magical properties promote love and psychic awareness. Part of the sun is showing, the other half, concealed by the clouds. The Sun on her tiara could mean she has a headstrong character.
From the stately heron I learn dignity,
Patience to wait for proper timing.
By example I see the sense of methodic planning.
One step at a time, personal problems are solved.
This card says to me, ‘stand still and be open’. Temperance is said to be ruled by Sagittarius, a sign that does not like being tied down, they are not ones to sit too long in a classroom, they have too much nervous energy. But they are inquisitive curious and very creative…bouncing from one endeavor to another! But when all their energy is channeled into patience, tolerance and a willing to change, they have the ability and the staying power to learn on their own. Once they have patiently mastered something, they become excellent teachers of their craft.
This is the card of the alchemist, mixing and blending base metals (attainable goals) into the philosopher’s stone (alchemists gold).
When we feel truly passionate about something, we can make quick decisions without first thinking them through. Temperance not only offers us strength and stability…..it helps us turn inward, opening us to guidance and bringing balance in our lives.