Today’s card is very beautiful and a good reminder of “moderation” and balance. In this card, the angel stands by the stream pouring water from one chalice to the other. Water represents spiritual and emotional well being and she reminds us of the importance to balance our lives between self/others, career/personal, etc.
Temperance embodies the lesson of taking the middle road that frees you from polarities and allows you to accept and appreciate things as they are. This balanced perspective opens the mind, frees the soul and gives you room to breathe and grow.
Our best success comes from balancing all aspects of our nature and not by railing against what we deem unacceptable. Often we feel compelled to only accept certain aspects of ourselves while denying the others. For example, we are taught to hold back tears, not feel anger etc. This card says that moderation and acceptance allow us to experience life to its fullest.
When we feel anger; we don’t have to “lash out”, but we can accept that anger and turn it into a tool to empower ourselves and others by turning it into positive action. When we are sad, we don’t have to wallow in self-pity, but we can take the most from our sadness and use it to develop empathy and compassion. When we are afraid, rather than avoidance, we can face our fears and allow them to make us stronger. All things are good when balanced and used in moderation. No need to chastise oneself or others for being human.
This card also speaks of moderation in lifestyle habits as well, don’t overdo a good thing, but don’t deprive yourself either. When we deny ourselves it is like a punishment.
Discipline/moderation is positive, focusing on the benefits of a practice/habit. Punishment/deprivation is negative and self-defeating. This is where fine lines and balance really come into play. Consciously focus on bringing greater balance to your life.