Temperance Tarot Card Meaning and Art Ercole I d'Este Tarot Deck Fragment
About the Deck
Ercole I d'Este Tarot Deck Fragment
One of the earliest extant Tarot Decks, this deck features heraldic emblems of Ercole I d'Este and his wife, Leonora of Aragon.
Italy, c. 1473
According to Many Schools of Thought
A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings
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.
S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings
Combination, Conformation, Uniting
Ill-advised combinations, Disunion, Clashing interests, &c.
Papus's Divinatory Meanings