A winged angel, with the sign of the sun upon his forehead
and on his breast the square and triangle of the septenary.
I speak of him in the masculine sense, but the figure is
neither male nor female.
It is held to be pouring the essences of life from chalice
to chalice. It has one foot upon the earth and one upon
waters, thus illustrating the nature of the essences. A
direct path goes up to certain heights on the verge of the
horizon, and above there is a great light, through which a
crown is seen vaguely.
Hereof is some part of the Secret of Eternal Life, as it is
possible to man in his incarnation. All the conventional
emblems are renounced herein.
So also are the conventional meanings, which refer to
changes in the seasons, perpetual movement of life, and even
the combination of ideas. It is, moreover, untrue to say
that the figure symbolizes the genius of the sun, though it
is the analogy of solar light, realized in the third part of
our human triplicity.
It is called Temperance, fantastically, because, when the
rule of it obtains in our consciousness, it tempers,
combines and harmonizes the psychic and material natures.
Under that rule we know in our rational part something of
whence we came and whither we are going.