Your Chosen Card – Four of Wands Upright Rider Waite Deck
When upright, the Four of Wands suggests that you are establishing a firm foundation as you manifest the results of your work. If you have been involved in a project, you are now at a stage of completion and able to rest and enjoy the fruits of your labors. If your question concerns a relationship or business partnership, it is on a firm footing. This card often represents rites of passage such as weddings, births, bar mitzvahs, graduations, etc. The symbolism of a harvest-home is linked to the possibility of purchasing a dwelling or moving to a new residence.
Keywords Upright: Establishing security and structure, settling down, a harvest-home, concord, harmony, peace, happiness, joy, shelter, prosperity, successful completion, a traditional ceremony, a rite of passage, a significant step in personal development, perfected work, joint venture, working in alliance with others, a job well done, rest after labor, a haven of refuge.
Timing: 20 Aries30 Aries. Tropical, 9 April19 April. Sidereal, 4 May13 May.
Astrology: Lovely and affectionate Venus (debilitated) in the third decan of fiery Aries, realm of the Waite King/Thoth Prince of Pentacles (Air of Earth) and the Emperor (Aries). Venus is linked to the Empress.
Number Symbolism: 4 – structure, stability, building, order, foundation, manifestation.
Rider Waite: From 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: Country life, haven of refuge, a species of domestic harvest-home, repose, concord, harmony, prosperity, peace, and the perfected work of these; (R) prosperity, increase, felicity, beauty, embellishment.
When Four of Wands is upright you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise. If Four of Wands is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is Four of Wands is trying to tell you. If you had a particular issue in mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.
This chosen card is part of your upright card reading for Four of Wands using cards from the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.
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Complete Book of Tarot: The upright Four of Wands in the future position was also a welcome sign. The Llewellyn site offered the keywords ‘repose after difficulty’ and added ‘achieving a state of balance, peace, and contentment after a long ordeal.’ The cards suggested I keep plugging away and focusing on quality despite the long ordeal. In the end, the result should be favorable and bring contentment. I hope the cards were right.
Creative Tarot: So how did the deck come about? A. E. Waite was a mystic and a scholar with ties to both the Golden Dawn and the Freemasons. He had written extensively on many esoteric subjects, such as alchemy, mysticism, and the various mystery cults to which he belonged. Here Waites scholarly and mystical interests played an important role in the fate of the tarot.
Complete Book of Tarot: Myth 7: The tarot is always right (fate), and there is nothing you can do to change the future revealed in the cards (free will).
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Tarot Triumphs: Or did gypsies play a part, as some conjecture? This is less likely, much as it appeals to many Tarot aficionados, myself included. Romany gypsies are now known to have left India about fifteen hundred years ago, a date rather early to have brought Tarot imagery with them.13 The images overall have an early medieval to Renaissance feel about them, injected with some strong classical associations. There are no overt Eastern allusions, and Tarot is generally considered to be a European invention, so an Indian origin seems unlikely. It seems more likely to me that the Tarot Triumphs emerged out of a more deliberate attempt to weld a set of images together by people with better access to books and manuscripts than gypsies were likely to have. The gypsies would have been on the move and lacking in formal education. But perhaps gypsy fortune-telling, as the Roma moved around Europe, played a part in the transmission. There is an element of learning to the Triumphs, an infusion of Christian imagery and also of more pagan beliefs, something that could have emerged from several centuries of evolution as images were picked up from diverse sources and gradually blended into a complete sequence for fortune-telling, imbued with folk wisdom; after all, wisdom itself is not the exclusive property of the educated classes.