Four of Wands Tarot Card Meanings and Combinations
Fire, male active energy
Keywords and Phrases:
Sense of stability, enjoyment of reward after effort, (secondary, making wedding plans).
Four of Wands Tarot Card Meanings
The scene depicted in the Gilded Tarot is slightly different to that found within the RWS, which appears more celebratory. The family in this card are dressed in simple country attire, appearing relaxed and contented, in the midst of four wands that form the structure and stability of a square.
The scene is more reminiscent to the Harvest Home, which is an easy way to recall the card, a time when people would gather to feast together to celebrate and give thanks, after their hard labour from gathering in the season crops.
The Four of Wands brings a sense of stability to the work that has gone before, which allows time to rest and relax with those you love, a short pause in activity to take your foot off the pedal. It provides the contentment of enjoying the moment for a job completed and well done. As we’re still dealing with low numbers, the Four normally brings stability and suggests simple pleasures, possibly short breaks, and a general sense of well-being.
The garland of flowers atop the wands can suggest someone making wedding plans, although normally applied as a secondary meaning when strengthened by other cards indicating marriage.
The Four of Wands often remains unchanged if reversed although some see it as a sense of insecurity, or the same as upright but to a lesser degree.
Similar or supporting cards: The Emperor (stability) Seven of Pentacles (reward from effort) supports marriage card combinations, such as: The Hierophant, Three of Cups, Ten of Cups, The Lovers, Two of Cups, etc.
Opposing or contradictory cards: Five of Wands (discord) Four of Cups (dissatisfied).
Four of Wands Tarot Card Combinations: Generally a straightforward card in simple lines or combinations, bringing a sense of well-being and a settled quality. For the secondary meaning of wedding plans, to apply it would normally support other cards representing marriage (as above).
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