As I turned the key and pushed open the front door, as I crossed the threshold, I thought how breathtaking, how fleeting, how precious was my ordinary day. Now is now. Here is my treasure.
~ Gretchen Rubin, Happier at Home
From last week’s challenges and difficulties, this week’s Four of Wands brings structure and harmony.
The Tarot’s Fours focus on grounding, order, and stability. And of course, Wands are ruled by the element of Fire: passion, action, and magic. 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 are exuberantly waving flowers, and they are followed, or perhaps watched, by a crowd further back. The happy couple is also crowned with flowers, or maybe the laurel wreaths of victory.
Tarot author and expert, Mary Greer, observes that this card is a celebration of the duality of animus and anima coming together in harmony. It may represent the Hieros gamos (the sacred marriage) that integrates, not only the male and female, but opposing energies within the self.
As such, Mary notes, the Four of Wands is a “rite of passage; in the Golden Dawn system it’s called ‘completion’ and its astrological attribute, Venus in Aries, represents the equinoxes, marking the end of one stage of life, and the beginning of another.”
And speaking of stages, this is one of the cards that artist Pamela Colman Smith, who was also a theatre designer, created with a long, double horizontal line in the foreground, separating the players and scenery into a backdrop, as in the theatre. It is as if the wands were floating in front of a stage, where the actors are playing their roles.
So this may remind us that the marriage we are seeing may or may not be a literal one. However, a wedding this week would certainly be blessed. In fact, any happy celebration of success and moving into a new chapter of life would be auspicious.
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.
In the wake of the rancor, accusations, and divisiveness in the Pagan community that I mentioned last week, many groups are now calling for a new commitment to healing, restoring balance, and harmony with one another.
Rather than a denial or coverup of the very difficult issues that must be addressed, like this Four, there has been a refreshing new insistence on transparency, creation of better channels for addressing grievances and concerns, and a new level of accountability. This, most would agree, is how we celebrate and support our movement, in all its forms.
So in this card, we are reminded that home, family, friendships, and community comprise life’s treasures. Here and now.
This is a wonderful omen for planting seeds, both actual and figurative, especially in this current buildup to a powerful Full Moon and eclipse next week.
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 happiness?
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 the golden treasure of your ordinary days be blessed.