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
As Jupiter now moves into Capricorn this week, our card of the week seems to echo its gifts and lessons. Let us welcome the Four of Wands.
The Tarot’s Fours focus on grounding, order, and stability. And the suit of Wands, in the Waite-Smith system, are ruled by the element of Fire: passion, change, action, and magic. When we are able to steady 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 perhaps these are 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 set 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.
Thus, 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.
Jupiter Enters Capricorn
Since Jupiter is one of the slow-moving giant planets, and is named for the King of the Gods, making it very powerful indeed, it’s big news when it changes signs every year or so. After being in fiery, happy-go-lucky Sagittarius since November of last year (Jupiter, after all, rules Sag, so, yeah — it’s been quite a wild ride!), it now moves under the Sea Goat’s influence.
Not really a happy camper in this sign, Jupiter is now pushed to reign it in, settle down, and use that expansive super power for more serious matters. And in a timely fashion, if you please.
Luckily, the Four of Wands offers insight as to how Jupiter’s colossal exuberance, joy, and creativity can be structured and harnessed, without dampening or dousing successful results.
Jupiter is at home is Sagittarius, the optimistic archer that aims for the stars and often trips over its feet. Capricorn has a different way of operating. It requires planning, strategy and hard work — with a focused goal that grants status and authority, along with achievement. Capricorn is an old goat that heads straight for the top of the mountain.
Jupiter would consider that he IS the top of the mountain, thank you very much, so is not enthusiastic about having to work for it.
In addition, the Four of Wands couple is connected to, and in harmony with the land. As astrologers Ophira and Tali Edut, the “Astro Twins” write:
Expansion and growth are the holy grails of the modern age. Normally, “can’t stop, won’t stop” Jupiter feels right at home in this wildly excessive mindset. But under earth-guardian Capricorn’s watch, progress must be harnessed and directed. More isn’t necessarily more during this transit.
Jupiter in clean, green Capricorn wants us to evaluate our footprints and then assess the impact that our empires have on the environment.
This Four shows us that when we respect the boundaries that mark good stewardship of our mother Earth, the resulting triumph can be sweet.
Don’t you love how the Tarot dances right along with the astrology of the moment? I sure do!
Friends, Family, and Harmony
The Four of Wands also reminds us that home, family, friendships, and community comprise life’s treasures.
But as many of us return from one of the biggest annual family reunion events in the United States, more than a few are almost certainly still stewing from the divisiveness that haunts our land. This week the Tarot offers reassurance that these angers, disagreements, and conflicts can be calmed, and even turned to harmony.
Do you long to revel in a happy reunion with souls who truly welcome you with open arms? Who or what may persuade you to come out of your fortress — or closet? They may be family of blood, but for many, they may be our chosen family of kindred spirits.
There is no hidden agenda here. Instead, we are shown freedom, simplicity, and joy under these golden skies.
What beauty and abundance would you like to celebrate and share with those dearest to you? What rites or vows are you longing to make, under the wide open skies, for all to see?
The Four of Wands offers hope that when we are able to ground the influences of fiery Wands, physical manifestation follows. When the fertility in the life force of Wands grows roots, it becomes joy shared.
As we all cross the threshold into this sacred time of the year, may the golden treasure of your ordinary days be blessed.