Temperance depicts the energies of the psyche in balance. It is what is referred to as “right work of centers” in the Gurdjieff/Ouspensky terminology.
In Temperance the working of the self-undoing of false personality is at a minimum or is absent, and if present it is purely residual, it does not have the power to overwhelm the psyche, as it once did; it is no longer “first force”. Here true personality has matured, is in tune with essence’s wisdom and is fully active.
Temperance comes as the result of the process described on the previous arcanum in the sequence: Death (arcanum 13). Death depicts the process of elimination of the useless, false and harmful from the psyche or, as some refer to: “the purification of the mind/heart”. Such purification leads to Temperance; to the normal and natural working of the body-mind apparatus.