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From: Temperance in Séjour de deuil pour le trepas de Messire Philippes de Commines (hs. 76 E 13, fol. 8r), 1512, tempera and gold leaf on parchment. The Hague, Koninklijke Bibliotheek – See more at:

I found this at WTF Art History who says: ‘In one hand, she holds a pair of glasses that allows her to see clearly. In her other hand she grasps the reins of a horse bridle, which fits over her head, the bit preventing her from speaking evil words. On her head she wears a timepiece and beneath her feet is a windmill, both indicating an ability to keep time and to avoid all exaggeration.’

How different is this from the typical peaceful image of Temperance we tend to see in the tarot. This Temperance doesn’t reflect a sense of balance or health at all. More like a tableau of behavioural oppression placed upon women.


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