The Thoth Tarot of the Hermetic Qabalah: THE 4 of WANDS-Completion.
The dominant symbols of Aries, the Ram and Venus, the Dove, make it is easy to see that this card is attributed to the planet Venus in the Sign of Aries. Venus in Aries, indicates that one's work can't be accomplished without tact and gentleness.
The Four of Wands-Completion, is attributed to Chesed in the Suit of Fire. Chesed (Wisdom) is the Lord of all manifested active power
because the will of the Two (Kether-Chokmah) has been transmitted through the Three (Binah:Supernal Triangle) and has now become a solid system in the Four (The Ethical or Creative Triangle/Briah, composed of Geburah, Chesed and Tiphareth;The Four Fives, the Four Fours and the Four Sixes-respectively).
In the Hermetic Qabalah of Thoth Tarot:
The Four Fours are attributed to Chesed-Mercy- on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. There is also a connection between the Threes and the Fours that is extremely complex. However
, by just remembering the important characteristic that the Fours are "below the Abyss", meaning they are responsible for solidification and materialization of the element they represent. Thus the Fours explain that things have become manifest and expressed as the Rule of Law.
When considering the Four of Wands-Completion-it is enough to remember, as Crowley states, " The manifestation promised by Binah (Great Mother) has now taken place." This number is very solid and is the dominating influence on all the following cards, because it is the "light- as-we-know it- emitter".
Chesed-is represented as
Jupiter-Ammon and is known as the Father for he is the First Male Force below the Abyss; but do not acquaint this with a "lower status", as he is the highest idea
which can be understood in an intellectual way. This is why the Sephira-Chesed, is attributed to Jupiter, who is the Demiurge or "lesser-god" (The Three Demiurges, are The All Father, The Ruler, and the Son....all after the Abyss).
The masculine nature of Fire, allows the Four of Wands to be clear cut "as the Fiery nature of light" and/ or a manifested light emitting Fire, as is the Sun.
The Will of the Two of Wands, Dominion, has been transmitted through the Three of Wands-Virtue and has become a solid system, such as Order, Law, and Government.
In the zodiac the Four of Wands refers to Venus in Aries, which indicates that one can't establish one's work without tact and gentleness.
In the Thoth Four of Wands, the wands are all touching the circle representing a completion and limitation of the original work. Within the wheel, we see 8 flames (4 doubled) which indicates a balance has been maintained by the Original Will without any need to go beyond this limited scope. Limitation is required to make form. However, once energy is held at an abeyance Divine Severity, that is Geburah instigates change and entropy begins to take over, so completion will degrade into disorder as the second law of thermodynamics states.
The Ram headed wands are sacred to Chesed, while the Dove is sacred to Venus. The Circle shows the completion of and limitation of the original work.The flames show the balance of the energy applied.
The Jungian Tarot: 4 of Wands: Success, represents the Aries force of personal ability and driving force. A card of earnest endeavor and just rewards. Despite the mundane art work, this card implies that a plan has been carefully laid out and created by great enthusiasm, strength and inspiration; water back ground showing consciousness. However, once the mind is made up there is no changing of direction which can cause stress, physically, mentally and emotionally, in the long
run; fulfilling the second law of thermodynamics.
The colored sphere of the Sephiroth-Chesed is shown as the orb in the sky over 4 flaming wands.
When thrown the 4 of Wands card implies :
- Settlement, arrangements completed, perfected work.
- Since much energy went into establishing such work it also symbolizes a completion of a work within 3 weeks or 3 months, built up with trouble and labor.
- It is also implies rest after labor.
- There is also a degree of subtlety, cleverness, and mirth in this card as the Aries Ram is involved.
- Venus insures beauty, and success in completion.
- Conclusions drawn from previous knowledge attribute to a healthy reasoning faculty.
If ill dignified:
- Sometimes insincere, not ready, unreliability, unsteady, through over anxiety.
- Can also mean hurried action.
It behooves the reader of Tarot, to understand that this is a lot of power formed into work that will go no further---it is done.
Basically this card states that." Through struggle and diligent hard labor, goals have been achieved.......now new goals must be made. "
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