The Thoth-4 of Wands-Completion: T
his card reminds us
that in order to energetically move forward, we must at first complete
what we have already put into motion. The wheel is also a symbol of spiritual
and holistic completion so any way you look at it, something is being
completed and there is a desire to begin something new.
Being representative of
mandalas or Native American medicine wheels,
this card also
astrologically represents Venus in Aries; Venus symbolized on top and
Aries symbolized on the bottom. Also in the wheel itself are the Aries
Ram and the Venus Doves, all characteristic of completion and new
beginnings shown in the form of a closed circle. The Four of Wands, is a
card of wholeness and individualization that represents simultaneously
completion of past and initiating a new future.
Venus symbolizes emotional desire
to move in new directions while Aries represents a sense that there has
been completion or consummation of projects, issues or relationships
before moving forward. Relationships, because Mars, the ruler of Aries,
is also the husband of the Roman goddess Venus.
The Fourth Sephira on the Qabalistic Tree of Life is Chesed,
meaning Mercy, the ruling Intelligence of the Four's, and is known in Qabalah as the Demiurge or "Lesser Creator" who gives rise to "form and light".
also makes Chesed both masculine and feminine; as Light/electric is the
expression of masculine and form is the receptivity/magnetism of the
Feminine,(electromagnetic spectrum). Therefore, 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.
TheFour 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 Qabalistic 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.
Then there is 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. Therefore this Jupiter-Chesed, union is a dominating influence on all the following tarot cards, as it is the highest idea that can be understood intellectually of the element it represents.
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 Sephira Chesed-
Mercy and is now a solid system such as ; Order, Law and Government.
, also removes some of the volcanism of Aries-Mars (as seen in this medieval Painting of both), and
indicates that one can't establish one's work without tact and
When examining The Thoth 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
(electromagnetic spectrum) balance of the Fours. Also being Four, there
is no attempt to expand, the original will is complete, so entropy will
soon begin. As the Second Law of Thermodynamics states, that from order to
disorder, is the cycling flow of energy in this universe..
The Babylonian 4 of Wands, Reward:
Has the Aries Ram headed wands united with two Venus disc-Wands, upright and balanced. Beneath the wands is the cuneiform symbol of the number 4. Present throughout the card is the Red of Mars, and the Green of Venus.
Shown in the forefront are depicted votive figurines in reverential poses, representing those commonly found in archaeological digs of Sumerian temples. These figurines, endowed with large lapis lazuli eyes, were pious and respectful. That way, the gods would never be without an adoring audience of pious worshipers. It was believed that constant attention to one's deity would lead to a good life.
When the Four of Wands of both Thoth and the Babylonian Tarot are 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.
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.
- That in the next 4 weeks or 4 months should be a good time to move in new directions while simultaneously completing things.
card also cautions you to make sure that you have completed other
issues, projects and relationships before you do move into other
directions especially with any important Aries people in your life
(March 21- April 21).
- The 4 of Wands card may also be a
rite of passage. A joyful celebration and reward after labor.
- A time of
rest and relaxation after completing a difficult task.
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