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THE Temperance

“Temperance and work are man’s best doctors.”
—Jean Jacques Rousseau, Emile or education


The name of this card is called “la tempérance” in French. It can be translated as “the temperance” in English. If you notice any translation errors in this article, please let us know for our entire community. You can leave your comment at the bottom of this page.

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Temperance is an important card in the Marseille Tarot, symbolizing balance, harmony and moderation. In this card, an angel transverses water from one jar to another. This angelmixes different energy flows to find balance. It is accepting mixture and diversity. In the oracle of Marseille, the angel gave up his wings for a woman with human appearance. The message is similar although it does not comes not from angels but from ourselves. Temperance is a virtue that everyone can grant themselves. Temperance does not need wings, it does not fly, it is acquired. Our relationships, our interactions are between humans. Temperance embodies wisdom, patience and tolerance, reminding us of the importance of taking a step back and not getting carried away by our emotions. This arcana also encourages us to be flexible and to seek compromises, rather than taking extreme positions. Temperance is the middle way. But it is also, the path of the indecisive, of those who cannot decide. It’s sailing between two waters and going in the direction of movement, in the direction of the wind. When we are between two waters, the water is murky. We are neither in the first jar nor in the second, we are sailing. It’s relying on the force of the movement and the force of the wind. One day or another, the wind will be too strong and in the image of the arcana of the storm, we will be carried away by the waves.

In the area of ​​health, temperance can indicate the needto take care of oneself in a balanced way, by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Juvénal, Latin author, tells us “Mens sana in corpore sano”, translated as“a holy spirit, in a healthy body”.It can also remind us of the importance of emotional balanceand meditation to maintain inner stability. It’s calming the movement. Putting water in your wine is also suitable. Temperance is energy, it is an alternative movement made of ups and downs. There we find human emotions including a transmitter and a receiver. Water is the messenger and the message. In the area of ​​human relations, temperance can indicate the need to communicate with patience and tolerance, seeking solutions that suit all The parties involved. It can thus encourage us to seek balanced and harmonious relationships,rather than getting carried away by strong emotions.Finally, temperance reminds usof the importance of balance in the image of our balancing actin all aspects of life, inspiring us to seekinner peace and harmony in our relationships with others.

Card 71 - the Temperance

Carte arcane de la tempérance de l'oracle de Marseille

Keywords of the temperance


Transfer energy


Get carried away

Up and down





Take care of yourself

Harmonious relations

Have to decide





Vague love

Be a pitcher


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