In a reading, this card often represents a situation where the querent can't get opposites to "blend" together (choices, belief systems, families, friends) and may feel that they have to give up something. Temperance tells the querent that they don't have to do that. It says that a synthesis can be achieved if the querent is willing to keep on trying, experimenting, and adjusting the amounts. The Querent might, for example, be trying to merge two full families when blending has to occur bit by bit with individuals. This is where the "moderation" message comes in. Try to make your ambition more realistic and you might well achieve it.