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The Four of Wands in Tarot and How to Read It

Andrea has a background in Myers-Briggs and Western astrology. She mostly writes about relationships.

The Four Wands is one of the best cards to receive. It has to do with a happy marriage and overall harmony. You're living a good life, and you live in a place that's serene. You're focused on the right aspects.

The Four Wands is one of the best cards to receive. It has to do with a happy marriage and overall harmony. You're living a good life, and you live in a place that's serene. You're focused on the right aspects.

The Four of Wands

For whatever reason, the storyline of the Suit of Wands has a major surprise twist at the Four of Wands. The Ace, Two, and Three have a nice, cohesive story arc. And then at the Four of Wands, someone said screw it. Let's get married.

Seriously. The first card is about the inspiration of an idea, the second card is about marrying that idea to a structured plan, and the third card is about taking your first steps to make that initial idea happen. Then at four: celebrate and share your vows! Bring out the wine and cake!

Let the Good Times Begin

This is actually one of my favorite cards. It encourages you to be active in your love life and also represents the blessings of marriage. There is a lot of Jewish and Christian symbolism in the Rider-Waite-Smith version of this card. There is this idea that getting married is representative of heaven, resurrection, and finding real connection.

The Four of Wands is not a bad card to receive in the upright or reversed positions as both predict that something good is about to happen. The upright card implies things are going according to plans; the reversed card suggests there is still work to be done.

Celebration Is Ahead

The Four of Wands is about your wedding day. The card is generally seen as positive, and is therefore a card you want to see in a reading. It is a sign that—with hard work—you'll get the results you desire. Because you can stay committed to your significant other, you're now getting to share your vows.

This card is idyllic and exemplifies the country life. It suggests you're living the provincial life and are not distracted by a sprawling city or global issues. You care about the trajectory of the world, but you don't let it overwhelm you or short-circuit your personal life.

You're focused on your family and are madly in love with your partner. This is a good place to be. You're happily living in congruence with your core self. We need more people to be like this. We need less greed and less corruption. So thank you for living a good, honest life.

Card Alignment

Upright

Marriage, country life, haven, refuge, completion, harmony, new beginnings, pleasure, celebration, merriment, repose, peace, concord, relaxation, homecoming, unity, joy.

Reversed

Inner harmony, conflict with others, transition, personal celebration, seeking shelter, nostalgia, parting of ways, separation, splitting into teams, wandering, delays.

Love is the answer. Love is what binds us, love is what teaches us, and love is what brings us all together. Without love, there would be no point. So a gathering for love is just a glimpse of what heaven could be like.

Love is the answer. Love is what binds us, love is what teaches us, and love is what brings us all together. Without love, there would be no point. So a gathering for love is just a glimpse of what heaven could be like.

Card Description

In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the Four of Wands shows a couple holding up bouquets. They stand under an arch of four sticks, and there is a wreath connecting the sticks.

There are people gathering in the background who are likely guests. A castle is also in the background. The sky is yellow, indicating happiness and well wishes.

This is the scene of a happy wedding. It's a day that will stay in the memories of the people who came.

Symbolism

The Arch

The wedding arch resembles a chuppah, a canopy used in Jewish wedding ceremonies. The arch is covered with intertwined fruits and flowers. This is done in accordance with the Samaritan Jewish sukkah, which was done for a harvest celebration.

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A sukkah is a temporary structure used for the week-long festival of Sukkot. It is one of Three Pilgrimage Festivals. The Israelites were instructed to take a journey to the Temple at Jerusalem.

The Stability of the Arch

The Four Wands in the card stand on their own and don't need assistance. This is different compared to several other cards in the Suit of Wands. Generally, someone is holding a wand. This card implies structural integrity.

Garland Decoration

The garland hanging on the arch adds beauty to the ceremony. It unites the four sticks together. The garland holds summer fruits (e.g., grapes and peaches) and is also a symbol for the Garden of Eden and returning to a paradise or a place of rest. The Four of Wands suggests a utopia.

Holding the Bouquets

The couple holding the flowers could be practicing a ritual associated with Sukkot. During the festival, people hold plants up in praise of God. This shows that the couple has faith, and they're reverent to God. They accept his divine blessing.

This card could also indicate a religious couple. They enjoy places where they can worship and have conversations about the supernatural. Is there a couple in your life who you might be thinking of a lot lately?

Marriage if done right is going to be one of the most powerful and fantastic arrangements you'll ever enter. You have to be smart about who you marry. You're looking for a partner who is committed to your future. Marriage is a big deal.

Marriage if done right is going to be one of the most powerful and fantastic arrangements you'll ever enter. You have to be smart about who you marry. You're looking for a partner who is committed to your future. Marriage is a big deal.

Tarot Suits

CategoryWandsPentaclesSwordsCups

Element

Fire

Earth

Air

Water

Colors

Red

Green

Yellow

Blue

Represents

Free will

Physical Manifestation (The Body)

Thoughts

Emotions

Animals

Land Mammals

Reptiles

Birds

Fish

Music

Percussion

Brass

Woodwinds

Strings

Seasons

Summer

Spring

Winter

Fall

The Body

Head, Heart, Thighs

Neck/Throat, Chest, Legs/Shins

Arms & Shoulders, Belly, Ankles

Hands, Root Chakra (Spine Base), Feet

Four Humors

Yellow Bile

Black Bile

Blood

Phlegm

Ruling Planets

Mars, Sun, Jupiter

Mercury, Venus, Saturn

Mercury, Venus, Uranus

Moon, Pluto, Neptune

Western Astrology

Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Chinese Zodiac

Dragon, Monkey, Rat

Snake, Rooster, Ox

Horse, Dog, Tiger

Sheep, Pig, Rabbit

Yin and Yang

Yang

Yin

Yang

Yin

Court Cards

Knights

Pages

King

Queen

Poker Equivalents

Clubs

Diamonds

Swords

Hearts

Upright Four of Wands

The Four of Wands indicates a joyous occasion. It could indicate a wedding, a graduation, or an anniversary. It is a sign that all of your hard work has paid off and you can now enjoy your sweet rewards.

The card encourages you to spend time with your loved ones and to prioritize your family and friends. Your closest connections are one of the most important parts of your life. Beauty is found in friendships.

Excellent Card in a Love Reading

If the card shows up in a love reading, it indicates you've found a good match or will soon find one. You're in a situation that promises a healthy commitment. Who you marry has a big impact on your future. You need to think carefully about the next few decades before you say, "I do."

Put your worries to rest. You're going to enter a period of harmony and festivity.

Family Reunions

The Four of Wands also could indicate a reunion. It might be time that you see your extended family. There are stories you need to share, and this directly impacts your identity. Perhaps your aunts, uncles, and cousins know certain things about your grandparents that you and your immediate family don't.

Family reunions help you to piece together your circumstances. Diving into the past can help you understand your present. When you are aware of your roots, you can see what is your natural trajectory.

Take a Victory Lap

After a period of rapid growth, it's time to pause and celebrate your achievements. You know you worked hard for this moment. It is a victory. Give yourself permission to indulge.

Marriage Celebrations

If you are getting married, remember weddings don't happen every day. A lot of stress comes with weddings, but they're often worth it. They allow your family to come together and break bread.

It's a big deal declaring who you love to the world, and it's a big deal declaring who you'll spend the rest of your life with. Your family will want to meet this person. They should be excited for your happiness.

Take lots of pictures. Do lots of fun things to build memories. Enjoy and savor the moment. There is so much to cherish right now.

A wedding day is both a capstone and the beginning of a new journey. You want this commitment to nourish you and help you get a footing into your future.

Numerology

Four is a symbol for stability and a solid foundation. It is the number of harmony and balance. These are all positive messages for a wedding and a sign that peace and contentment are on the way.

If you've been working on a project for a long time, expect that you will soon reach your goal. Find satisfaction in wrapping up your work. Know that you went into the battlefield and succeeded.

Continue to be active. Continue to pursue and be connected to the ones you love. There are times in life where you should be proud.

Shake off all the bad feelings! Good times are here. You've found the love of your life, or you've reached an incredible point in your career. Savor it all. Now is special.

Shake off all the bad feelings! Good times are here. You've found the love of your life, or you've reached an incredible point in your career. Savor it all. Now is special.

Reversed Four of Wands

The upright Four of Wands indicates sharing, while the reversed Four of Wands indicates separation.

The card in this position may hint that you and your pals need to break into teams in order to achieve your goals. You may need to temporarily part ways for the greater good. It could be a sign that you need to focus on personal celebrations rather than ones that are more public.

Think of this card in relation to a battlefield. If you break off into teams, you can cut the enemy off at multiple pathways and can gain an advantage this way. You want to be coordinated—not random.

Time to Break Bad Habits

Set yourself personal goals to break bad habits. If you want to lose weight then you have to put in the effort to change your exercise routine and to change what you eat. If you want to stop smoking then you need to put other practices in place, like yoga.

Often it's the little daily exercises that get you to where you need to be. Don't try to eat the elephant all at once. Break it down into segments.

The reversed Four of Wands encourages you to focus on self-improvement. You might have thought the card had to do with divorce, but it doesn't really. The card doesn't really show animosity in the reversed position. It shows there are certain areas in your life that need adjustment and for your greater good.

There are more concerns about your structural integrity than your relationships. You want to look at your activities and decide whether they're healthy and fruitful or cumbersome. When you finally do clear up this issue, you'll be able to celebrate and enjoy time with friends.

Go Back to the Checklist

You may have some slight roadblocks before your wedding or graduation. Make sure you cross your "t"s and dot your "i"s. Big events are exciting but also stressful, so you want to make sure you're well prepared. Don't neglect the work you need to do and then feel panicked the day of your event. This card indicates you're missing something.

Make sure your clothes fit, you have all the right accessories, and if you're going to have a speech that you have it prepared. Waiting until the last minute to write your speech is a risky game and could end in disaster. You want to come off polished, not like you're struggling to get through an improv exercise.

Focus on Self-Care

Work through your doubts so that you can achieve inner harmony. You want to get your relationship with yourself in alignment. When your relationship with yourself is out of whack, you're more likely to struggle with critical thoughts. Try meditation to develop trust in yourself.

A therapist can help you if you're struggling to connect the dots. They can help you with restless thoughts or even inappropriate ones. There are resources out there to help you and get you on track with where you need to be.

You might be experiencing a communication breakdown within yourself. Perhaps you want to do something, but another part of you thinks otherwise. You might be self-sabotaging yourself. You could also be experiencing a communication breakdown with a family member.

If you get this card in the reversed position, do yourself a favor—look at a calendar and see if Mercury is currently in retrograde. If it is, then you might just want to be wise with your words, and wait for Mercury to be on track again. Give the issue a moment to resolve itself. Mercury retrogrades are infamous for communication and travel breakdowns. At least, they're real for me. . .

If Mercury is already moving forward, then you might need to confront the communication issue head-on. Remember: the Suit of Wands is about action. Wand cards encourage you to make a move, not to sit on your butt.

Momentary Growing Pains

Your stability and security might get rocked a bit. The upheaval could be a good thing as you change jobs, move to a new home, or get married. Things will get back in balance if you have the right attitude and can ride the waves.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2021 Andrea Lawrence

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