To repeat, Chesed is Mercy, and is known
in Qabalah as the Demiurge or "Lesser Creator" and gives rise to "form and light". This also makes Chesed both masculine and feminine, as Light is the expression of masculine and form is the receptivity of the Feminine, Thus, Chesed and Geburah are really "two sides to one coin". So here we compare Chesed -Mercy and Geburah-Severity or Strength, to the two arms of a human, as one gives and one takes away.
The Four Fours all bring perfection, realization, completion, and making a matter settled and fixed.
The four of Wands is no exception, for here is the Lord of Perfected Work. Attributed to the Four of Wands-Completion, is the planet Venus in the sign of Aries. The angels of the Decan are Nanael and Nithal
The Four of Wands is Chesed influencing the realm of Atziluth; the Realm of Pure Spirit..
The swift active force of Aries- Mars, is activating the Love and Luxury of Venus.
This placement in an astrological reading would be implying a warm, brief romance, or warm fleeting feelings. But in Tarot, we must be aware of the Placement on the Tree of Life. There is a combination of the zodiacal and the Sephirotic meanings to consider.
First and foremost is to realize that the zodiac is the mundane Chakra of Chokma, as it appears in the lowest of Four Worlds; Assiah-the active world. Thus, the Fours represent the Totality of that which the planetary signs refer. Venus in Aries, being the outer attribute of the card while the inner attribute is Chesed forces, the pure four ( Fire, Air, Water, Earth)
, in the world of Yod-Fire. So what we have in the Four of Wands is Completion of the process initiated by the Upper Trinity, or Supernal Triangle. Here, the manifestation promised by "Will to Form" (Binah) has taken place in Jupiter-Chesed; The Father who resides below the Abyss. Thus this is a dominating influence on all the following cards. as it is the highest idea that can be understood intellectually of the element it represents. Chesed is the Demiurge, who is the First Sephira below the Abyss, making him the Lord of all Manifested Active Power. The original will of Chokmah- Wisdom and Binah-Understanding is now manifest in the Serphira Chesed- Mercy and is now a solid system such as ; Order, Law and Government.
[illustration of the Four Worlds from the Text, QABALISTIC TAROT, by Robert Wang]
Venus in Aries, also removes some of the volcanism of Aries-Mars, and indicates that one can't establish one's work without tact and gentleness.
When examining The Four of Wands-Completion, we see the wands headed by Rams, both signs of Chesed (Father-God Amoun-Ra) and Aries, ending in the Dove of Venus. The completed and limitation of the original work is shown by the yellow rimed circle. To show balance, the four flames are doubled, suggesting the feminine and masculine balance of the Fours. Also being Four, there is no attempt to expand, the original will is complete, so entropy will soon begin. From order to disorder, is the flow of energy in this universe..
When the Four of Wands is thrown during a reading, it is the key to spiritual and holistic completion. It suggests that the querent is experiencing the completion of something and experiencing the desire to begin something new. The Four of Wands also implies that ideas are firmly established and proved
by their flourishing and it is time to move forward.
The querent is manifesting a new destiny by acting on a sense of direction, supplied by inner Self Knowledge that is forming a new identity. Here we see celebration and reward after laborious completion of an enterprise,
Thank you for your interest and comments, May you live long and prosper.