14 - Temperance Tarot Card
The Temperance card is tarot card number 14, although it is the 15th card of the Major Arcana because the 1st of the 22 Major Arcana cards is number 0 (The Fool).
The Temperance tarot card is associated with the need for balance and moderation.
This tarot card encourages the release of the requirements of our egos for pride, arrogance, and all dysfunctional attachments in order to facilitate our inner strengths and growth.
The Temperance tarot card recognizes the importance of both the material and the spiritual components of our lives. This is the true meaning of the sense of 'balance' conveyed by this card. Its advice to accept all things in moderation - including moderation itself - in order to leave enough space in our appreciation for spiritual and physical / material blessings.
In the cases of traditional tarot packs such as the Rider Waite, Robin Wood and Golden Dawn decks, the Temperance tarot card depicts a large angelic winged figure standing with one foot in a pool of water. The background to this scene is a natural setting, the details of which vary with the specific tarot deck and the style of the deck.
Some words and phrases associated with the Temperance tarot card include: