In the Witches Tarot- Four of Wands, we see four dancing maids under a bower of flowers supported by a square made of large Hawthorn wands. In this dawn scene ,each maid who is holding a bouquet of flowers, is dressed in the colors reminiscent of one of the four mystical elements.
The element of Fire, is represented by the red haired maid who is wearing a flame colored gown. Simulating her passion and energy, she holds a bouquet of red roses.
The second maid with blonde hair and wearing a blue gown, represents dancing water. Her bouquet of white roses, represents loving emotions.
The third dancing maid represents the yellow color of the element of air. With her dark brown hair, and saffron colored dress, she holds a bouquet of yellow roses, simulating friendship and happiness.
The fourth dancer, with golden brown hair, and wearing a green gown, represents the element of earth. In her hand, she holds a posy of greenery and daisies which represent growth and affection.
The flower garland above them, corresponds to the element of fire:
The sun flower is for fame and success;
The marigold represents affection and the sun.
Red carnations represent fascination, healing and love.
In the foreground a white and orange cat sits as sentinel. Cats represent the sun, as in Leo the lion and are linked to the element of fire.
The Castle in the back ground represents security and goals that are achieved.
To repeat, Chesed the 4th 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 Sephiroth-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 4 Fours in all suits, bring perfection, realization, completion, and making a matter settled and fixed.
The 4 of Wands is no exception, for here is the Lord of Perfected Work. Attributed to the 4 of Wands-Completion, is the planet Venus in the sign of Aries. The angels of the Decan are Nanael and Nithal
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, one is to realize that the zodiac is the mundane Chakra of Chokmah-the 2nd Sephiroth, as it appears in the lowest of Four Worlds; Assiah-the active world. Thus, the 4's 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 4 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-Mercy, The Father who is the 4th Sephiroth, and 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 4th Sephiroth- Chesed- Mercy and is now a solid system such as ; Order, Law and Government.
Venus in Aries, also removes some of the volcanic power of Aries-Mars, and indicates that one can't establish one's work without tact and gentleness.
When examining The 4 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 4's. Also being 4, there is no attempt to expand as 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.
When the Four of Wands or Rods is thrown during a reading:
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