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Tarot Card of the Week, Nov. 12-18, 2012: Four of Wands

Dance with pleasure, sing Life.
Join the rocks and trees in chorus.
Wrap your legs around the mountains
And let your lips caress the river.
Join with Life in this moment
And Sing.
~ from Psalm 95, Earth Psalms, by Angela Magara

Making its first appearance since the solar eclipse in May, 2011, this week of the New Scorpio Moon and another solar eclipse, the Four of Wands graces us.

The Tarot’s Fours focus on grounding, structure, and stability. When we are able to ground the energetic, creative Wands, a happy, fruitful outcome is the result.

In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, we see a couple approaching 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, abundance, 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 – leaving behind the walled fortress, coming out into the open, and living authentically.

As the dust settles from last week’s elections, and experts attempt to augur wider meanings from the results, perhaps this card makes it simple – America no longer belongs only to white males. The people have spoken, and women, the LBGTs, Hispanics, African-Americans, and all the rest of us once and for all reject the notion that we are second-class citizens. We will not hide in the shadows or be other than who we are.

Indeed, this card seems to echo what we would expect with the Sun going into a total eclipse from the Scorpio New Moon. Most astrologers agree with my friend Lynn Hayes, who writes that this “is bound to bring up issues of death and regeneration, encouraging us to dive deep into the underworld of the unconscious to find the treasures that are buried there.”

Astrologer Simone Butler also reminds us that Scorpio rules both death and birth. As the old era must die, we are birthing a new one.

She writes, “The November 13 New Moon solar eclipse (5:08 p.m. EST) is the first in a series with the Nodes transiting Taurus and Scorpio. Echoing the October 29 Full Moon, this eclipse brings new urgency to examining our deepest values and needs. Over the next two years, as eclipses continue to hit the Taurus/Scorpio axis, the call to transform existing financial systems will grow ever stronger world-wide—but especially on Wall Street.”

True prosperity and security come from the kinds of happy, community interrelationships that we see in the Four of Wands. We wed, we celebrate together, we share our fruitful harvests. Perhaps we don’t have to be at the mercy of Wal-Mart, Exxon, and Wall Street to thrive.

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. Thus, it appears to separate the players and scenery into a backdrop, as if on a theatre stage. It is as if the wands were floating in front of a stage, where the actors are playing their roles.

So while a literal wedding this week would certainly be blessed, this card may encompass any happy joining together, success, or moving into a new chapter of life.

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?

In what way is it time for you to come out of your fortress? What beauty and fruitfulness would you like to celebrate and share with your loved ones, friends and neighbors? What rites or vows is it time for you make, under the wide open skies, for all to see?

The Four of Wands shows us that when the life force of Wands grows roots, we arrive at our true Harvest Home.

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  • November 13, 2012, 8:17 am Maria

    I love this essay, especially the questions at the end. I’m going to spend some time today thinking about how I would answer them. Thanks, Beth!