14 Temperance – Golden Dawn

14 Temperance Golden Dawn Major Arcana

Divinatory Meanings of Temperance


MacGregor Mathers

Combination, conforming, uniting.

Reversed meanings

Ill-advised combinations, clashing interests.

Attributions of Temperance

Golden Dawn Title of Temperance

Daughter of the Reconcilers, The Bringer Forth of Life

Golden Dawn description of Temperance

It represents an Angel with the Solar emblem of Tiphareth on her brow, the wings of the Aerial and Volatising nature, pouring together the fluidic Fire and the fiery Water, thus combining and harmonising and temperate those opposittg elements. One foot rests on dry and volcano land, in the background of which is a volcano whence issues an eruption. The other foot on the Water by whose border springs fresh vegetation, contrasting strongly with the arid and dry nature of the distant land.

On her breast is a square, the emblem of rectitude. The whole figure is a representation of that straight and narrow way of which it is said “few the be that find it”, which alone leads to the higher and glorifed life. For to pursue that steady and tranquil mean between two, opposing forces, it is indeed difficult and many are the temptations to turn aside either to the right or to the left, wherein remember, are but to be found the menacing symbols of Death and the Devil.

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Zodiac Sign


Sagittarius is the 9th sign of the Zodiac ruled by Jupiter. It is a mutable fire sign.


Path of Wisdom

The Twenty-fifth Path is the Intelligence of Probation, or is Tentative, and is so called because it is the primary temptation, by which the Creator trieth all righteous persons.

Deities associated with Temperance

Egyptian Gods


Nepthys as alchemy. Perfection presides over Transmutation

Greek Gods



Diana, as bearing bow and arrows.


Roman Gods

Iris, Roman god because of the rainbow. The Goddess Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.

Flora and Fauna of Temperance





The Hippogriff combines the Horse of Mars with the Eagle of Jupiter.


The Centaur is traditionally connected with Archery, besides being partly a horse; the horse itself is connected with the idea of hunting and speed. Note that the speed of Sagittarius, which is the flickering of a dying fire, is not to be confused with the speed of Mercury, which is the speed of thought or electricity.


The horse is connected with the idea of hunting and speed.



The Rush is used for making arrows.

Magical Attributions of Temperance

Magical Powers


Transmutations is the magical power of Art.

Magical Weapon

The Arrow

Swift and straight application of Force. The Arrow is sacred to the rainbow symbolism. It represents especially the spiritualization of  the magical energy, being a missile sped through the air, no longer connected physically with the the material form of the magician.

Magical Formula


Colour Scales of Temperance

Knight Colour Scale


Queen Colour Scale


Prince Colour Scale


Princess Colour Scale

Dark vivid Blue

The virgin huntress is brought from her superficiality by becoming the huntress Babalon. The deep vivid blue is to be connected with the ideas of water (the Great Sea of Binah) and Chesed, the image of that sea below the Abyss.

Related Cards

14 Art – Book of Thoth

Combination of forces, realization, action based on accurate calculation; the way of escape, success after elaborate manoeuvres.


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