Temperance is represented by Iris, goddess of the rainbow. She was also a messenger, because of her incredible speed and multiple modes of movement. It was she who went to the River Styx for goblets of water upon which gods made their mighty oaths.
I'm reminded by this card in addition to the Styx, river of hate, there were four more rivers separating the underworld from the aboveworld, rivers of: forgetfulness, fire, lamentation, woe. Is it no wonder we put death off until the last possible moment, before we cross those rivers to the other side? Here is to a temperate life aiding in that effort...
"He who postpones the hour of living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses." ~ Horace 65 BC-8 BC
The Mythic Tarot, original edition, by Juliet Sharman-Burke and Liz Green, illustrated by Tricia Newell. Published by Simon & Schuster 1986 and in print ever since. The deck is based on ancient Greek mythology, the kit includes a 218 page companion book, plus there is a 160 page workbook available.
The cards open previously closed doors to my own heart with their merciless quest for the truth, nothing but the truth. They flay the soul and make me say thank you afterward. Each hour spent with my cards is a new lesson to be learned. Viva la Journey.