Daily Tarot Card

A tarot card of the day, every day of the year

the Daily Tarot Card
for April 18, 2021

How to interpret the Daily Tarot

This tarot card gives insight into the forces, people, events or spiritual states that will have significance today. The relevance of this particular tarot card may reference a general trend for the entire day, or a news event or something specific which occurs at some point within a 24 hour period.

NOTE: All tarot cards selected for Tarot of the Day are always in the upright position and do not use inverted positions. Need an inverted meaning? Check our complete tarot reference.

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The Meaning of the "Temperance"
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The Symbolism of the Temperance Card

The Temperance tarot card shows a winged angel walking on earth. The angel balances with one foot dipped into a clear water pool, and the other resting on land — signifying a balance between the real world and the spiritual.

The angel, who's gender is ambiguous, pours water between two golden cups.

Perched on the angel's head we see the circular zodiac symbol for the sun. The zodiac symbol for the sun and the angel's head are surrounded by an aura of light

... On closer inspection, the "sun" rising over the mountains in the distance appears to be a radiant crown, shining with the brightness of the sun.

On closer inspection, the "sun" rising over the mountains in the distance appears to be a radiant crown, shining with the brightness of the sun. This crown-as-sun mirrors the sun-as-crown worn by the angel. The concepts are swapped: The sun has taken the place of the angel's crown, while a crown has taken the place of the sun. This symbolic mirroring connects the virtue of temperance to a balance with the greater universe. The act of moderation is an act of unity and singularity with everything in nature; a oneness with all things.

The angelic figure wears a simple white gown, emblazoned with the triangular alchemical symbol for Fire contained in a square. The square and triangle combination form the concept of the septenary — indicating the importance of the number 7, one of the most spiritual numbers in numerology.

Behind the angel, two golden iris flowers grow in the grass, symbolizing faith and hope.

NOTE: The philosophical concept of temperance is important to a number of philosophical belief systems including the ancient Greek, Buddhist, and Judeo-Christian beliefs as well as contemporary psychology. Philosophically, temperance can be divided into two distinct but similar meanings: The first is restraint over one's emotions and desires. The second is self-discipline, and a disciplined life. The Athenian philospher Plato defined the virtue of temperance as having four qualities: [1] having quietness, [2]having modesty, [3] following one's own path, [4] and understanding oneself. While all belief systems have their own additions to the core virtues of temperance they all revolve around these central ideas of moderation, personal restraint and self-control. The traditional artistic representation of temperance was typically a woman pouring water from one vessel to another, signifying a mixture, or a tempering of desires and ambitions. The act of pouring-water itself is also one that requires a degree of caution, control and slowness. The traditional image of personified temperance pouring water between two cups is not unique to the tarot.

How to Interpret the Temperance Card

There are two primary meanings to the Temperance card which are similar but distinct:

The first message is one of moderation, which is similar to the Buddhist concept of walking the middle path. The card represents the concept of avoiding extremes, both internally and externally.

... balancing one's lifestyle and ambitions with a greater consciousness of the world around us

Temperance points to a lifestyle of moderation and balancing one's life and ambitions with a greater consciousness for the world around us.

The second meaning, which is a more immediate form of moderation, is a control of our own inner emotions and desires. The card may serve as a gentle reminder to avoid making decisions in the heat of the moment or while feeling intense emotion.

When Temperance appears in a reading it is generally a pointer towards a personal middle path of some kind; A call to exercise personal restraint and to place conscious and rational thought before raw desire.

The card may also reference a person who exemplifies the virtues of Temperance, or it may point to a past event where restraint and moderation were important factors.

Generally speaking, the card is a positive one, and has overtones of patience, an even temper, abstinence and harmony with the environment.

The Temperance Card Inverted

The reversed Temperance card represents a lack of personal control which has led to an imbalance or an excessive amount of something. It may represent a lifestyle which indulges in something excessively, or it may represent an emotional outbreak or some other excessive behavior.

There are many ways we can momentarily let desire or emotion control our actions, and get the better of our judgement.

The card may reference something commonplace like a tendency to binge on junk food, social media or TV shows. Or it may reference a more serious habit which is leading to major life imbalances.

In many cases, the inverted Temperance card may reference a specific occasion when composure or self-control was lost. This may represent anything from an accidental shopping splurge or a decision made in the heat of the moment. There are many ways we can momentarily let desire or emotion control our actions, and get the better of our judgement.

Whether the Temperance card points to a greater lifestyle imbalance, or a short-term loss of control will depend on the specific reading. If the reference is unclear, look to the surrounding cards in your tarot spread, or pull a clarifying card for more guidance.

The reversed Temperance tarot card reminds us that moderation and restraint are a vital path to success and a greater connection to the universe. When we lose control of our ambitions, desires or emotions, we take a step backwards and we hurt only ourselves.

NOTE: The Tarot of the Day card is intended to be read in a general sense and is not meant to address any specific questions. You can think of this card as representing a universal or widely-shared event. A daily tarot card is not the same as a card pulled individually as part of a personal reading.

So what is a daily tarot card?

We sometimes get asked "what the point" of the Daily Tarot is. After all, with our ever popular ZodiacTarot tarotscopes which are far more specific to each individual's zodiac sign, what's the less-specific "daily tarot card" for anyway?

The short answer is: We all live in the same universe. Not 12 different universes. iFate has dozens of other oracles, divination systems, horoscopes and tools for expanding personal insight. All of these tools offer unique and specific guidance. The daily tarot card isn't one of them.

The point of the daily tarot card is to unify our experience around just one important facet of foresight. It's not an Aries, Libra or Capricorn "thing". It's a humans thing. From that perspective, the daily tarot should not be taken as 'personal' guidance per se -- but as a blunt tool for understanding (or predicting) something more general.

A daily tarot card might represent:

  • A more general trend.
  • A large event.
  • An important announcement.
  • The significance of some high profile person.

What to look for in a daily tarot card

We would never suggest a 'right way' or a 'wrong way' to interpret the daily tarot card, but we do pay attention to what the cards are telling us:

When minor arcana cards appear in the daily tarot, we look for the message in more mundane, ordinary things. When major arcana cards appear in the daily tarot, they tend to speak to large, "macro" forces at work in our lives or on the world stage.

Likewise, when court cards (Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings) appear in the daily tarot, we look for the significance of a corresponding person in our day.

Needless to say, the Tarot of the Day doesn't replace more direct, user-specific readings. But since we've been pulling daily tarot cards on iFate.com since late 2007, we've always felt they add a framework for every day -- a theme which more often than not becomes apparent as our day progresses. We hope you agree.

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A daily tarot card for your horoscope sign

iFate also draws daily tarot cards for every horoscope sign. Select your sign from the list below to see which tarot card applies to you today.

Unlike the daily tarot card, which sets a more general theme for the day, these tarot cards meld astrology with tarot and seek a shared influence for each zodiac sun-sign.

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