When pulled upright this card is about how you are able to remain calm during times of stress and anxiety. You have mastered not letting things get to you. This card talks about moderation, balance, and patience. Extremity in any situation can be avoided when you pull this card. This card says you have a clear vision of know what you want to achieve. You have found peace with what you are doing and everything is unfolding as it should. When in reference to other people this cards says you can work in harmony with your community, coworkers, and loved ones. Your calmness gives others comfort. This card may also suggest it is time to re-evaluate the priorities you have chosen. Doing this will help you create a balance between your inner and outer self. You will find a greater purpose and meaning in your actions.
When pulled in reverse this card is about a reflection on something that is out of balance which may be causing stress and anxiety. This causes you a lack of purpose and leaves you feeling unbalanced as you search for what you should be doing. You need to reflect and think on what needs to be changed. All things are good in moderation and we need to examine our lives to find where we’re imbalanced.
Here is a spread that focuses on the temperance card. This spread is great for creative issues. I would first take this card out of the deck and meditate on it while thinking about what creative issues you are having. Then shuffle and pull the cards as you see fit.
Card 1: This card represents the inspired you, ideas or a goal, or ways to renew your creativity, a different way of looking at things.
Cards 2 and 3: Card 2 represents the fire, and card 3 the water, the two elements that go into your work, a central tension and theme to explore.
Card 4: This card is the solid base, your knowledge and learning, training and past experience, the technical skills that will go into this.
Card 5: This card represents the deep draughts of water through your roots, the connection to soul, and numinous experiences. This is the part of the process where things go under for a while, mostly unknown to you, to resurface later cleansed and energized and shining. This process cannot be controlled or forced, but it can be nourished.