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Temperance


Card position:


Past

This card represents the past. These are the forces and influences that are fading away and losing their effect on the querent.

Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Economy, moderation, frugality, management, accommodation.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Things connected with churches, religions, sects, the priesthood, sometimes even the priest who will marry the Querent; also disunion, unfortunate combinations, competing interests.

Inner Symbolism

A winged angel, with the sign of the sun upon his forehead and on his breast the square and triangle of the septenary. I speak of him in the masculine sense, but the figure is neither male nor female. It is held to be pouring the essences of life from chalice to chalice. It has one foot upon the earth and one upon waters, thus illustrating the nature of the essences. A direct path goes up to certain heights on the verge of the horizon, and above there is a great light, through which a crown is seen vaguely. Hereof is some part of the Secret of Eternal Life, as it is possible to man in his incarnation. All the conventional emblems are renounced herein.

So also are the conventional meanings, which refer to changes in the seasons, perpetual movement of life and even the combination of ideas. It is, moreover, untrue to say that the figure symbolizes the genius of the sun, though it is the analogy of solar light, realized in the third part of our human triplicity. It is called Temperance fantastically, because, when the rule of it obtains in our consciousness, it tempers, combines and harmonises the psychic and material natures. Under that rule we know in our rational part something of whence we came and whither we are going.

Description

14. Temperance. The winged figure of a female--who, in opposition to all doctrine concerning the hierarchy of angels, is usually allocated to this order of ministering spirits--is pouring liquid from one pitcher to another. In his last work on the Tarot, Dr. Papus abandons the traditional form and depicts a woman wearing an Egyptian head-dress. The first thing which seems clear on the surface is that the entire symbol has no especial connexion with Temperance, and the fact that this designation has always obtained for the card offers a very obvious instance of a meaning behind meaning, which is the title in chief to consideration in respect of the Tarot as a whole.


Temperance


Card position:


Past

This card represents the past. These are the forces and influences that are fading away and losing their effect on the querent.

Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Temperance - Combination, Conformation, Uniting.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Ill-advised combinations, Disunion, Clashing interests, etc.

Symbolism of the Keys

Temperance - An angel with the sign of the Sun on her brow Pouring liquid from one vessel into another. She represents Combination.


Temperance


Card position:


Past

This card represents the past. These are the forces and influences that are fading away and losing their effect on the querent.

Card interpretation:


Description and Meaning

". . . the Genius of the Sun holding two cups and pouring from the one into the other the liquor which holds life." (Papus)--" A winged angel with the sign of the sun upon his forehead . . . pouring the essences of life from chalice to chalice." (Waite) Another version has: ". . . pours the fluid of Life from a golden vase into a silver one." (Papus) This is evidently the cosmic function next to the Sun, messenger of the same: Mercury or Vulcan, lord of the sphere of Virgo, surrounding the solar Leo-sphere. Other traditional descriptions confirm this: "It is the symbol of combinations, working incessantly in all regions of Nature." (Papus) On his breast this angel bears a square with inscribed triangle, reminding us of the passage of the cosmological Stanzas of Dzyan, "The Three fall into the Four," which means the beginning of Manifestation. "Entry of Spirit into Matter and reaction of Matter upon Spirit." (Papus) So on the subject of this card there seems to be perfect understanding. "Incarnation of Life," Papus adds. This is Mercury, who has to do with the distribution of life-currents from the Sun farther on into the solar-system and from the heart and solar-plexus farther on into our physical body. The golden vase and the silver one illustrate this distribution from higher to lower regions.

So this card signifies all sorts of distribution, from the nervous system and its workings of co-ordination to correspondence by the post office, letters and communications, and the latter not only limited to this physical world but extended to other planes of existence. The function of Mercury is that of the mind in its concrete activities and imparts knowledge, learning, which after all is the beginning or potentiality of all our further relations in this world.

Papus seeks to establish relation between it and the Hebrew letter Nun, which means "the offspring of the female--(we said rightly, that Mercury has much to do with the Moon)--a son, the fruit of any kind . . . the image of the being produced or reflected. . .". Yes: reflection and above all reproduction. The name 'Temperance' appears to have been chosen because of the transposition from one plane to another, or one centre to another, which has much to do with 'time' also. The latter is the proper reason for naming this principle directly after that of Saturn.

Astrological Correspondence

Mercury


Nine of Cups


Card position:


Present

This card represents the present. These are the forces and influences currently at work on the querent.

Card interpretation:


Description

A goodly personage has feasted to his heart's content, and abundant refreshment of wine is on the arched counter behind him, seeming to indicate that the future is also assured. The picture offers the material side only, but there are other aspects.

Divinatory Meanings

Concord, contentment, physical bien-être; also victory, success, advantage; satisfaction for the Querent or person for whom the consultation is made.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Truth, loyalty, liberty; but the readings vary and include mistakes, imperfections, etc.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

Of good augury for military men.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

Good business.


Nine of Cups


Card position:


Present

This card represents the present. These are the forces and influences currently at work on the querent.

Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Nine of Cups - Victory, Advantage, Success, Triumph, Difficulties surmounted.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Faults, Errors, Mistakes, Imperfections.


Nine of Cups


Card position:


Present

This card represents the present. These are the forces and influences currently at work on the querent.

Card interpretation:


Tradition

Victory, success, advantage, gain, triumph, superiority, etc. "The heart's content." (Waite) Reversed, the card seems even better: Sincerity, truth, loyalty, good faith, frankness, ingenuity, opening the heart, liberty, familiarity, etc. Concord, contentment, physical well-being.

Theory

Many of the addictions are very suggestive of the influence of the Water on the house of the heart, the Fifth; and we can only say, that they are fairly exact and to the point. The card must signify the realisation of hopes and wishes lying in one's own power or destiny, making one enjoy the fulness of life, and adopting the philosophy of Epicurus. There is no evil in it. It shows goodness and a jovial disposition, not only contentment and happiness in one's self, but also, owing to Leo-influence, the love of bestowing hospitality on other people and helping them.

Conclusion

Happiness, contentment, the fulfilment of wishes, bestowing benefits, hospitality, the heart's content,' loyalty, liberality, the joy of life, love of children; concord, well-being; success, advantage, satisfaction, etc. Joviality.

P.S.--In the more profane branch of divination this card is called the 'nine-months-card,' owing to the belief that it means pregnancy and expectance of childbirth. The latter is significant of the fifth house, the former confirms our idea, that the cups have to do with months in time.


Queen of Pentacles - reversed


Card position:


Future

This card represents the future. These are the forces and influences that are coming into play and that may operate on the querent at a later time.

Card interpretation:


Description

The face suggests that of a dark woman, whose qualities might be summed up in the idea of greatness of soul; she has also the serious cast of intelligence; she contemplates her symbol and may see worlds therein.

Divinatory Meanings

Opulence, generosity, magnificence, security, liberty.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Evil, suspicion, suspense, fear, mistrust.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

Dark woman; presents from a rich relative; rich and happy marriage for a young man.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

An illness.


Queen of Pentacles - reversed


Card position:


Future

This card represents the future. These are the forces and influences that are coming into play and that may operate on the querent at a later time.

Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Queen of Pentacles - A dark Woman, a generous Woman, Liberality, Greatness of Soul, Generosity.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Certain Evil, a suspicious Woman, a Woman justly regarded with Suspicion, Doubt, Mistrust.


Queen of Pentacles - reversed


Card position:


Future

This card represents the future. These are the forces and influences that are coming into play and that may operate on the querent at a later time.

Card interpretation:


Tradition

Dark woman, who suggests "the idea of greatness of soul; she has also the serious cast of intelligence." (Waite) Opulence, riches, luxury, assurance (insurance?), security, liberty, frankness. Reversed: Doubt, indecision, uncertainty, timidity, apprehension, vacillation, etc.

Theory

The higher octave of the two, consequently covering the Sixth house and demonstrating the features of the noble Virgo-type. So this must be a woman always inclined to help and to serve, to make herself useful, a nurse perhaps, a household woman of good standing a good hostess. There are also qualities of science in this house, as it is the house of the Academy and Minerva. So she may be as an incarnation of Minerva herself, protecting science and craftsmanship as the Dame of Wands protects the arts. She must have many qualities and above all refinement, though she may suffer more or less from the evil--so far as it can be called--of doubt, and the difficulty of choosing between many possibilities in her nature. She is generous and benefic. Her presence is a good augury and she brings always protection and material wealth or at least well-being, ruling this house of earth. There may be some timidity; there is always honesty, honourable action, correctness and the right attitude to all problems of life, discretion, education, understanding, knowledge. These qualities certainly engender security in life.

Conclusion

A good and intelligent woman, who will render service to the querent, benefic influence, help, assistance in word, advice and action. Woman of good standing and refined type, the personification of honesty, protection, knowledge, understanding, education, culture. Discretion may sometimes lapse into timidity through sensitiveness. Material benefit, earnings, wealth, rent, products. Security, assuredness, insurance, certificate or diploma. Patronage of science and technical and industrial works.