La Temperanza, Temperance is all about balance. A hermaphroditic angel (a child of both Hermes and Aphrodite) pours water from one jug to another.
Equilibrium, peace, harmony, balance, pace, just, honorable, mediation, mediator, healing.
Patience is a virtue, and Temperance tells you so. Balance of the genders, harmony. Clear mindedness, finding the middle road. Temper the extreme with your presence.
A sword is metal tempered with fire, water and air. Alone, these elements are powerful in their own right, but together they fashion a fierce, controlled, exact instrument which is extremely effective at getting stuff done. A sword takes practice and dedication to wield, you can’t just start swinging it around, you’ll get cut. But once you’ve put in the time, the sword becomes part of you, the physical manifestation of your will. This card reminds us moderation in all things. Temper knowledge with understanding, passion with compassion, emotion with logic, strength with tenderness.
In a reading Temperance can indicate that the querent is called to walk that line, but it might point to a situation where a harmonizer is needed.
Furthermore, Temperance represents the balance of the genders, the hermaphrodite. A physical manifestation of both the divine feminine and masculine energies, Temperance represents the ultimate spiritual quest to merge the sacred consciousness of both male and female.
I have been told that in Thai Buddhism, they believe the Katooey (hermaphrodites, transvestites, and those who manifest as both male and female) are rare, and revered. Thought to be “wise men” or somehow shamanistic, the Katooey are treated with the utmost respect.
To all things there is a season.
“We could never learn to brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.” Helen Keller