The Thoth Deck 4 of Wands, is called Completion, while the Tarot of the Old Path uses the old name of Rods.
In the Four of Rods, we see a family scene and each one is dressed in the colors reminiscent of fire The Woman is dressed in ermine trim, which signifies comfort and wealth, as does the well fortified family home shown off in the distance.
Linking his father and mother to him, are two ash rods held by the child.. The Mother holds a rod shaped into a besom, a symbol of a witch . The fourth Rod is a pitch fork handle, that is held by the man, a symbol for a male witch.
Behind the woman's skirt, is seen the head and shoulders of a tri-colored collie dog, symbolizing, in the language of animals, faithfulness to his family and they to each other.
The imagery of the card suggest family spirit, wealth and a well established home and family life. The medieval dress suggests romance,and the scene is of tranquility and harmony. The Ash rods held by the child are sprouting leaves which implies the vital fiery force of life, which is the Alchemical element of this card.
Thoth Deck Tarot:
. To repeat, Chesed the Fourth Sephiroth on the Tree of Life,is called 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 (electric) and form is the receptivity of the Feminine (magnetic),
Thus, Chesed and Geburah ( 5th Sephira-Severity) are really "two sides to one coin". So here we may
compare Chesed -Mercy and Geburah-Severity 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.
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.
and foremost is to realize that the zodiac is the mundane Chakra of
Chokmah, 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 implied 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. In this case, the Vital Fire of Spirit.
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 fourth Sephira 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]
in Aries, also removes some of the volcanism of Aries-Mars, and
indicates that one can't establish one's work without tact and
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..Thus the completion is short lived but well deserved.
the Four of Wands or Rods is thrown during a reading:
by their flourishing and it is time to move forward.
- 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
- The querent is manifesting a new destiny by acting on a sense of
direction, supplied by inner Self Knowledge that is forming a new
- Here we see celebration and reward after laborious completion
of an enterprise,
- Well deserved success.
- Reversal or ill defined:
- Continued alertness is necessary to insure success.
- Financial position must be guarded.
- Incomplete happiness
- Romance unfulfilled.
- Rest before work is completed.
Thank you for your interest and comments, May you live long and prosper.