The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot of the Hermetic Qabalah: THE 4 of WANDS-Completion & the SpellCaster's Tarot-4 of Wands.
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 4 of Wands-, is attributed to Chesed in the Suit of Fire. Chesed (Mercy) is the Lord of all manifested active power because the will of the Two (Kether-Chokmah) has been transmitted through the Three, Binah of the Supernal Triangle and has now become a solid system in the Four -The Ethical Triangle composed of Geburah, Chesed and Tiphareth;The Four Fives, the Four Fours and the Four Sixes-respectively.
In the Thoth 4 of Wands, the wands are all touching the circle representing a completion and limitation of the original work. In the center, where all wands meet, 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 (friction), that is known in Qabalah as #5 Geburah instigates change and entropy begins to take over, so completion will degrade into disorder as the second law of thermodynamics states.
Again,The Qabalistic Tarot- 4 of Wands refers to Chesed (Mercy) in the suit of Fire.This represents the manifestation of all active power below the Abyss. Therefore, the SpellCaster's Tarot, shows a completed square of serpentine wands, suspended beneath a abysmal- blue sky. The Wands are the traditional wooden staffs, with their autumn colored leaves and red ribbons, waving like flames in the wind. The two women, dressed in the gold and red of Autumn, have completed a ceremony of bonding, as shown by the hands bound in the fire colored ribbons. The blue bird of happiness, seems to be in all these cards so far. Birds are often used as either symbols of the Soul, or of emotional freedom.
On both the Thoth and SpellCaster's 4 of Wands, we have Venus in Aries, the "married couple" of Myth known as Venus and Mars; the dove and ram symbols of the Thoth Wands, and the Red and Gold women of the SpellCaster's tarot. No one said Mars, the master of war had to be male. The SpellCaster's 4 of Wands, concentrates on the success of a marriage .
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 4 of Wands, which is also attributed to the Emperor key 4.
The Ram headed wands are sacred to Chesed, "the Divine Architect", while the Dove is sacred to Venus, who is love and beauty. The Circle shows the completion of and limitation of the original work, as fours are the number of completed form. The flames show the balance of the energy applied.
In both Tarot and Numerology, the number 4 resonates with the vibrations and actions of practicality, organization and exactitude, service, patience, devotion, application, pragmatism, patriotism, dignity, trust, worthiness, endurance, loyalty, mastery, building solid foundations, conservatism, determination, production and hard work. The number 4 also relates to high morals, traditional values, honesty and integrity, inner wisdom, security, self-control, loyalty, conscientiousness, reality and realistic values, stability, ability and "the salt of the earth" personality. Number 4 vibrates with the attributes of progress, management, justice, seriousness, discipline, system and order, maintenance, constructiveness, dependability, conviction, passion and drive, the world, completion, practice, repetition, realization of power, ability to use practical thinking, basic form of order, prepare for renewal, instinctual knowledge. According, to numerologists, number 4 also relates to the forces of the archangels, since they are the embodiment of the "law" of the formative world of Yetzirah.
When thrown during a divination the 4 of Wands card implies :
If ill dignified:
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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