A Taste of Tarot: Temperance & Sagittarius

An in-depth look at the symbolism of Sagittarius' Tarot card, Temperance!


Every zodiac sign is ruled by a Tarot card from the Major Arcana! The zodiac sign of Sagittarius is ruled by the Temperance card. Here we take a look at the symbolic connections between adventure-seeking Sagittarius and Temperance...


The Sagittarius connection with Temperance

Temperance Tarot Card

Both Sagittarius and the Temperance card are constantly striving for a more enlightened state of being. The angel in the Tarot card here demonstrates this by slowly pouring the liquid from one golden cup into another -- a process called "tempering" (a slow process of integration that leads to the perfect middle state). Similarly, Sagittarius accomplishes this by exploring the far reaches of both the physical and philosophical world to expand on or "temper" what is already known.

As a Fire sign, Sagittarius is passionate and drawn to new ideas, philosophies, and travel. Sagittarius is represented by the Centaur -- a creature that is half human, half horse -- often carrying a bow. Also referred to as "The Archer," Sagittarius uses a trusty bow and arrow to dream big and aim high. The only way to bring this optimistic sign down is by limiting their freedom.

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The angel

The Angel's beautiful, red wings represent blood or life, while the triangle on her dress means spirit -- also the elemental symbol for fire. And, similar to adventurous Sagittarius, the angel's feet are also symbolic of the eternal pilgrimage or spiritual journey. By showing one foot in the water and the other on the shore we are reminded that our greatest wisdom lies in the art of balancing. And lastly, the iris flowers are indicative of the Goddess Iris who provides the link between God and humanity. Like Sagittarius, she travels from one end of the world to another -- building upon something that is bigger and brighter than herself.

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