Temperance

Temperance is an Old Energy Archetype from the Masonic Tarot Deck. In the Book of Slavery and Book of Power, the archetype is used to reinforce the idea that there should be a "balance" between good and evil.

Temperance Tarot Card Freemason's Deck

List of Old Energy Archetypes from the Masonic Tarot

Chariot, Death (archetype), Hermit, Hierophant, High Priestess, Judgement, Justice, Star, Strength, Sun (archetype), Temperance, The Devil, The Emperor, The Empress, The Fool, The Hanged Man, The Lovers, The Magician, The Moon, The Tower, The Wheel of Fortune, The World (old energy)

Related Terms

Old Energy Archetypes > Book of Power, Book of Slavery, Creation Template

Notes

Book of Power

"This card expresses the production of any combination, the result of the action of the ascending or creative forces, and of the descending or destructive forces figured by the star of Solomon"[1]

"1. Combination of active and passive fluids. Entry of Spirit into Matter, and reaction of Matter upon the Spirit--" [2]

Book of Slavery

Recovery

"Temperance combines the elements of life. In reality it combines the elements of the personality, so that the person and the outer world will flow together naturally."[3]

"The road especially signifies return. We have gone down into the self and now we are making our way back to involvement with the outer world, enriched."[4]

There are intimations of truth even in the esoteric tarot. For example, Case notes of the crown on the angel that it represents "union with the Supreme Spirit, the Goal of occult study and practice.[5] Unfortunately, case also intimates that this union is a task which requires lifetimes of effort. As he notes, the stream of water that "pours from cup to cup, is an emblem of a single life..." [6]

Footnotes

  1. Papus, The Tarot of the Bohemians (Wilshire Book Co, 1978), https://sacred-texts.com/tarot/tob/index.htm.
  2. Papus, The Tarot of the Bohemians (Wilshire Book Co, 1978), https://sacred-texts.com/tarot/tob/index.htm.
  3. Pollack, Rachel. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom. Harper Collins, 1980. p. 106.
  4. Pollack, Rachel. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom. Harper Collins, 1980. p. 107.
  5. Case, Paul Foster. An Introduction to the Study of the Tarot. New York: Kindle Edition, 1920. p. 37
  6. Case, Paul Foster. An Introduction to the Study of the Tarot. New York: Kindle Edition, 1920. p. 37