14-Temperance – Reversed Mage Deck

Your Chosen Card – Sacrifice Reversed Mage Deck

When reversed, the Temperance card implies that you are having difficulty finding a golden mean. Confronted by contradictory impulses, you feel at a loss about how to strike an artful balance. You are tempted to go to extremes rather than seek a middle ground of reconciliation. Ponder the words of the philosopher: ‘Moderation in all things, including moderation.’ As Abraham Lincoln cautioned, ‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.’

Keywords Reversed: Immoderation, conflict, incompatibility, excess, imbalance, impatience, going to extremes, lack of self-control, indecision, clashing interests, inconsiderate demands, inability to reconcile opposing forces, irreconcilable differences, all or nothing thinking; ‘it’s my way or the highway.’

Key XIV: Temperance (Temperance)
Myths/Archetypes: The Centaur. The Alchemist. The Hermaphrodite. The Transsexual. The Creator. The Temperanceist. The Healer. The Inventor. Hegel’s dialectic.
Dates of Sagittarius: 22 November–21 December (tropical); 16 December–14 January (sidereal).
Astrology: Sagittarius, the centaur archer (a Fire sign ruled by Jupiter)
Numerology: 5 (Hierophant) = 1 + 4 (Temperance)

14. Temperance: Temperanceful Blending And Reconciliation

When Sacrifice is reversed you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise.  If Sacrifice is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is Sacrifice is trying to tell you.  If you had a particular issue in  mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.

This chosen card is part of your reversed card reading for Sacrifice using cards from the Mage Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.

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Complete Book of Tarot
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Complete Book of Tarot: And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good kine [cattle] are seven years; and the seven good ears [of grain or corn] are seven years: the dream is one. And the seven thin and ill-favored kine that came up after them are seven years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind shall be seven years of famine. This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh: what God is about to do He sheweth unto Pharaoh (Genesis 41:25–28, King James Version).

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Complete Book of Tarot: Three-card readings are a popular way to read the tarot. The effectiveness of a three-card spread may be rooted in the philosophy of Hegel: thesis—antithesis—synthesis. The thesis refers to an idea or a proposition, the antithesis is a reaction to or negation of the proposition (thesis), and the synthesis is a creative resolution that resolves the conflict between the two. The Hegelian theme of a creative synthesis arising from the reconciliation of antithetical forces also appears on Temperance, trump XIV, a card associated with the centaur Sagittarius.

Elements of the Psychic World: Zoomancy can differ from country to country and area to area. Perhaps the best-known example of zoomancy is that of a black cat crossing your path, which is believed to be a warning of bad luck to come. In some areas it only is a bad omen if it crosses from right to left. If it crosses from left to right then it signifies the onset of good luck. In other areas this is reversed.

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Tarot Triumphs: Who comes afterward? It is Temperance. There is some relief, as this winged angelic figure follows, a five-petaled flower bound to her forehead. She casts a steady glance to the side, as if concentrating on her task as she pours water, or perhaps wine, from one jug into another. Temperance, moderation: everyone knows the meaning of that. Or do they? There is something miraculous here, for the water or wine never ceases to flow, and it is a two-way flow between the jugs. How can that be? Temperance is about keeping away from excess, but here the resources seem to be infinite.