The Temperance card represents moderation, balance, self-evolution, and avoiding extremes. As author and tarot expert Claire Goodchild previously explained to mbg, this card appears in our lives when we’re feeling out of balance—and sometimes even when we don’t feel out of balance but actually are.
It can also indicate that we’ve been too indulgent and need to take a step back, she says. The word temperance, after all, literally means “moderation in action, thought, or feeling,” as well as abstinence from drinking alcohol. “The Temperance card’s main theme is about restoring balance, and another big part of it is mind over matter,” Goodchild notes, adding, “Anything you want to do, you can do. It just takes a little bit of work and finessing what’s happening.”