In most traditional Tarot decks, Temperance (XIV) is the fourteenth trump or Major Arcana card. It is utilized in both game play and divination. It represents chastity, self-restraint, and moderation in all things.
Temperance is called an "angel" because it shows a woman with wings holding a jug of water and a scale to weigh out her actions. Angels are spirits who guide us through life and help us make good decisions. They can appear as people, animals, objects, etc.
As an angel helps us make good choices by giving us guidance, we should listen to our heart when making decisions. Our mind and body are connected; using one without the other leads to confusion. For example, if you look at only one side of an argument instead of considering both points of view, you will likely come to a wrong conclusion.
The heart is the center of love and compassion. If we want to be kind and have loving thoughts, we must start here first. Then our brain will follow and we will act like angels for others.
Angels aren't just helpful humans either. They can also be demons who lure us into sin.
In current use, temperance is described as moderation or deliberate self-restraint. Temperance, along with knowledge, bravery, humanism, justice, and transcendence, is one of the six virtues classified by positive psychology. It is said to be the virtue most needed by today's society.
Moderation is the quality of being moderate or moderate: a moderate interest in sports, entertainment, and social life. A moderate temperature or wind speed. Moderate eating habits. A moderate response to arguments. These things are all examples of what it means to be moderate. Moderation is the opposite of excess and deficiency. Someone who is moderate takes everything in life seriously but not too seriously. They don't get upset too easily but they also don't let things go either.
Moderation is important because our lives depend on our ability to control ourselves. If we can keep our passions under control then we will be able to lead a normal life. We need moderation in everything we do, especially in matters of passion. There is no point in trying to restrain everything all the time; that would make life very dull indeed. But if you identify something you should not be doing and stop it immediately then that is fine too. For example, if you see someone about to walk into a wall you should step in front of them to prevent injury.
Temperance, according to the Catholic Encyclopedia, "is concerned with what is difficult for a man, not in so far as he is a rational person specifically, but rather in so far as he is an animal." Temperance, in other words, is the virtue that helps us regulate our physical drive for pleasure, which we share with animals.
It's important to understand that while indulgence can be beneficial in moderation, it can also be harmful when used obsessively. Indulgences are gifts that allow someone to pray for others or take part in other holy rituals without having to go to a priest in person. The problem with indulgences is that they can become a way of life-not just for prayer but also food, entertainment, and more-which leads to spiritual laxity. As the Catholic Church has never approved of indulgences, she must be opposed to their use.
In the article "The Seven Gifts of God," St. Thomas Aquinas explains that mercy, humility, and temperance are three ways we can fulfill the third gift, which is faith. Without these three virtues, says St. Thomas, faith alone is nothing more than wishful thinking.
So mercy helps us overcome our sin by forgiving us and giving us new hope for salvation, humility makes us willing to accept this forgiveness, and temperance teaches us how to live a virtuous life so we will be motivated by faith instead of by our own desires.
Temperance is a fundamental Athenian virtue recommended by Plato, and self-control (sophrosune) is one of his four essential characteristics of the ideal city, which Aristotle echoes. Temperance, according to Aristotle, "is a meaning in relation to pleasures." It prevents us from doing those things which may possibly lead to the loss of pleasure or pain.
Aristotle argues that moderation is required in all things, including diet, occupation, and exercise. Moderation in all things ensures that we will be healthy physically and mentally. Without moderation, we run the risk of harming ourselves through overeating or engaging in activities that are harmful to our health.
Aristotle believes that it is possible to learn the virtues through practice and observation. However, only someone who has experienced joy and sorrow can understand what happiness is. Only someone who has known hardship can understand what courage is. By practicing and observing these traits in others, we are able to develop them within ourselves.