In Focus: 4 of Wands

Wands 04 SThe 4 of Wands is a card of warmth and stability. Some have labeled it the luckiest card in the pack. If you are desiring a time free of challenges or a place aside from stresses, then I guess this is it.

Think of the number ‘4’; it is secure and stable. Fire is naturally reckless, but here, it is tamed by the number. You could liken it to a log-fire in a cabin – contained and cosy;  warm, but not too hot that it is overbearing.

The four wands in the traditional card remind me of a Chuppah. A Chuppah is a square covering, held up by four staves and used in Jewish wedding ceremonies. It can be associated with where we live, so it is not really a surprise that the 4 of Wands is often referred to as the ‘marriage card’ and is connected to a persons hearth and home.

When this card comes up in a reading, it usually suggests a period of satisfaction. For some it might come across as mundane, but for anyone who has had their fair share of the extra-ordinary or life’s unexpected ups and downs, it is a welcome sign in a spread.

lovers 4wandsWhen the 4 of Wands sits with The Loversthe meaning is pretty self-explanatory. Here is a scenario which really does suggest marriage after a deep courtship. This is [of course] if the couple wish to tie the knot. The Lovers is traditionally about choice. What suits one couple might not suit another. Does your partner wish to slip a ring on your finger or is your relationship strong enough (as hinted at by this duo) that you actually do not need to be joined in matrimony?

This combination depicts a couple who are settling down after a strong romance. They choose a stable path together, accepting that the highs of romance and new-love eventually transform into something more mature. When in love, it is a sacrifice people naturally make and this duo is symbolic of that.

3 swords 4wandsNot many people enjoy to see the 3 of Swords in their cards, but here is a tarot-partnership which is anything but negative.

To begin with, we see the guy with the ripped-out heart. Nope, it is not a pleasant card to be greeted with. He is in pain and it is likely that the wound has been inflicted by another person. The 3 of Swords is often linked to betrayal and heartbreak.

When the 4 of Wands follows the 3 of Swords, we can see that things have the potential to get better. And here is the funny thing! It is likely that the heartbreak of the 3 of Swords was actually necessary for the person to grow and move on to happier situations.

I can speak from experience when I say that blessings can be found within difficult situations, even if it was hard to view them as such during a time of distress. Maybe noisy neighbours have forced you out of the home you were settled in, but you have found a new place of residence which you love twice as much? Or possibly, being dumped by a partner was a terrible shock, but now that you’ve met a woman to whom you are far more suited, you realised that your previous relationship had been dead-in-the-water for some time.




© Steven Bright Tiferet Tarot 2014


3 thoughts on “In Focus: 4 of Wands

  1. “a log-fire in a cabin” I can relate to the last two cards. We find comfort and solace with eachother in this difficult time. It feels like we are taking car of one and other with attention and understanding
    This four of wands is a great place to be


    • That’s how it feels to me. Controlled-warmth, which can be comforting for some and maybe a bit dull for others.

      I can see how that second duo would make sense. We find warmth in each other after times of upset and bereavement. Being at home or somewhere we feel comfortable is key there.

      I really hope that things become easier to deal with for you all, Ellen. You’ve had an awful lot on your plate of late.


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