Among the Minors, you really couldn’t get a more stark contrast to yesterday’s pain-riddled 10 of Swords, which touched on some of the most difficult moments we have to endure, compared with today’s super jolly 4 of Wands. Is there a lot to say about the 4 of Wands other than ‘Party time!’?
Not that much according to A.E. Waite in his Pictorial Key to the Tarot:
From the four great staves planted in the foreground there is a great garland suspended; two female figures uplift nosegays; at their side is a bridge over a moat, leading to an old manorial house. Divinatory Meanings: They are for once almost on the surface–country life, haven of refuge, a species of domestic harvest-home, repose, concord, harmony, prosperity, peace, and the perfected work of these. Reversed: The meaning remains unaltered; it is prosperity, increase, felicity, beauty, embellishment.
What we see on ‘the surface,’ and what the card is about according to Waite, is clearly depicted in the Giant Rider Waite Tarot 4 of Wands. People are gathering for celebration near a country estate and two female figures are dancing or waving with flowers in their hands. The colours are cheerful and bright. The four, decorated upright wands form a welcoming portal, that you’d be a fool to not step through given half a chance.
The astrological correspondence for the 4 of Wands are Venus (The Empress) and Aries (The Emperor), in a sense, we are attending their wedding celebration. It is through their union everything else is takes form, is born and given structure/organisation.
Benebell Wen has chosen to hone in on the esoteric aspect of the 4 of Wands entirely in her Spirit Keeper’s Tarot. The sigil of the Demiurge, which Wen sees as neutral rather than evil, is right at the top of the card. The two figures below the sigil are angelic beings that are sent by the Divine to assist in the process of creation. The female figure/angel on the left embodies perfect faith and the female figure/angel on the right embodies the Spirit Warrior
The Frideborg Tarot 4 of Wands seeks to capture a spirit of celebration as well as the Element of Fire being put to good use. Alcohol is associated with the Element of Fire. Apples are associated with the Goddess (The Empress) and eternal life. The four-sided apple cider dispenser gives form and structure to the liquid with in it and makes it possible to distribute the spirits to the people (The Emperor).
Either way you look at it, the 4 of Wands is a lucky card and if we wish to read it in a negative/challenging position, we need to figure out what is missing for the celebration to take place. The ultimate celebration is surely when each of us embody the Demiurge (or nous) within fully? This embodiment would see us being fully aligned with arche (Source), logos (underlying order) and harmonia (correct proportions).You may never get back this life, so do something in this lifetime worthy of celebration. ~ Debasish Mridha Click To Tweet
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