To be happy you must have taken the measure of your powers, tasted the fruits of your passion, and learned your place in the world.
~ George Santayana
Three Fours in a row! After receiving the Four of Pentacles two weeks ago, and the Four of Swords last Monday, the Four of Wands now appears for the first time since January of 2008, in this most magical week of the solar eclipse and New Gemini Moon.
The Tarot’s Fours focus on grounding, structure, and stability. This can result in the heaviness and miserliness we saw in the already-grounded Pentacles, or a need for solitary retreat in the mental Swords. But in the energetic Wands, groundedness is more likely to bring a happy, fruitful outcome.
The couple approaches the bower, which very much resembles a Jewish wedding chuppa. Yet it is not covered. Instead, the four erect Wands are connected by the interwoven flowers and fruit, obvious references to fertility, beauty and growth.
The man and woman, crowned with flowers, or perhaps the laurel wreaths of victory, are also exuberantly waving flowers, ahead of the crowd in the background.
This is a card of such deeply rooted happiness, Arthur Waite declared that even if read reversed, its meaning was unchanged.
Tarot scholar Rachel Pollack also observes that it is a powerful counterpoint to The Tower in the Major Arcana, whose figures are wearing similar clothing. But where The Tower shows the consequences of repression and living in fear or hiding, the Four of Wands is the exact opposite – coming out into the open and living authentically.
The Four of Wands couple is connected to, and in harmony with the land. There is no hidden agenda here. Instead, we are shown freedom, simplicity, and joy under these golden skies.
This is also one of the cards that deck artist (and theatre designer) Pamela Colman Smith created with an edge-to-edge, double horizontal line in the foreground. It appears to separate the players and scenery into a backdrop, as in the theatre. Thus, it is as if the wands were floating in front of a stage, where the actors are playing their roles.
So while a wedding this week would certainly be blessed [Best wishes to Robin and David! – B.], the marriage need not be a literal one. Instead, this card may encompass any happy joining together, success, or moving into a new chapter of life.
This is a wonderful omen for planting seeds both literal and figurative, especially in the magic of the New Moon. What seeds of your desire are ready to grow and manifest in your physical world? When you use your creativity and power in a practical, grounded way, what magical results might be possible? Can you create more stable, simple, and generous ways of sharing your passions?
In what way is it time for you to come out of your fortress? Do you long to revel in the flowering of Springtime? What beauty and fruitfulness would you like to celebrate and share with your loved ones, friends and neighbors? What rites or vows might you make, under the wide open skies, for all to see?
The Four of Wands shows us that when we are able to ground the powers of fiery Wands, physical manifestation follows. When the life force of Wands grows roots, it becomes abundance shared.
May your week be fruitfully blessed.