The Temperance is the tarot card that brings tranquility to our lives. We get so caught up in our frantic lifestyles that we are always in a rush to get somewhere. We are never completely at peace, and this affects our rationality adversely. What this card tells us, is that sometimes we need to energize ourselves by way of relaxation and moderation. The seemingly random events in our life fall into a certain pattern; this pattern needs to be finetuned for emotional stability and vitality. We focus so hard on thinking logically, that we almost forget to think intuitively. We need to learn the art of aligning our mind with our body and soul, and use this union to bring out the results we desire. When we are able to do this, we will automatically feel a sense of composure, as though we can sail through the stormiest sea with sheer willpower and inner peace. In a reading, this card signals a healing catharsis that is needed, and the subtle shifts in our life that we need to bring about to effect this.
The usage Arcana stems from the word Arcane. ‘Major Arcana’ means ‘the big secret’. The Major Arcana deck of Tarot comprises of the first 22 cards in the deck. These cards signify the major events in the journey of life of a person from birth to death, and rebirth. Each of these 22 cards has a particular meaning to convey, a definite significance. For instance, The Fool, the first of the Major Arcana cards, signifies the innocent baby embarking on the journey of life; The Lovers is the card of the heart and relationships; The Chariot signifies an ongoing journey; The Death is the card of eternal change, or rebirth; The Moon means the gaining of inner knowledge; and The World signifies the end of the cycle of birth and reincarnation.