Suit: Suit of Wands
Card Type: Minor Arcana
Tarot Element: Fire
Star Sign: Aries
Angel: Archangel Raphael
Key Meaning: Time to Celebrate
The Four of Wands means there is cause for celebration or a happy gathering of friends and family.
Number 4 Meaning In Tarot
All fours, including the Four of Cups, Four of Pentacles and Four of Swords indicate stability. As wands refer to action, this card indicates that some action you have taken will result in making your life that little bit more secure. For example, this could refer to passing exams, celebrating an engagement or a job offer. Or maybe you are taking time off to improve your health or relationships. Whatever occurs now is cause for celebration.
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Four of Wands Keywords
🥰 Upright: Celebration, vacation, relaxation
🥰 Reversed: What next? coming down from highs
Four of Wands Description
This description is based on the Rider Waite deck. There is a great feeling of celebration in this card. Four tall wands form an archway. You sense that once you walk through, everything will change for the better. Two people wave at oncoming guests, welcoming you to the party. In the background women with flower garlands on their heads are dancing. There is also a large castle, a symbol of structure and stability. Perhaps this castle is where you will spend the night. There is a dreamlike quality to this card which reminds me of the play A Midsummer’s Night Dream. This day will pass, but it is one that will be remembered.
LOVE: What does The Four of Wands Mean when You Ask About Love and Relationships?
The meaning of this card will depend on whether or not you are in a relationship. Here are some highlights:
❤️ If you asked will I find love? then the answer is, yes. You could meet your future partner at a wedding, or a party or through family. When this card turns up, you are unlikely to meet someone online or randomly. More likely, love will come through connections with people in your extended network.
❤️ If you have just met someone, this card confirms that this could be the one you marry. If you are meeting their family or friends, then everything will go well.
❤️ You are engaged and making wedding plans. Ideally you will marry in a location that feels like ‘home’.
❤️ Your relationship improves by spending quality time together. A vacation or mini-break is worth while.
❤️ This card can also show a time to celebrate with your family after hard work. Your garden is growing and your home life is content. You have put down solid foundations that will support you through the rest of your life.
CAREER: What does This Card Signify When You Ask About Work?
If your question relates to work, business, career or study and you receive the 4 of Wands, then this is your guidance:
⭕ Students graduate and are very happy with their results.
⭕ Teamwork is associated with this card. It is a good time to work with, or hire other people.
⭕ Jobs associated with the 4 of Wands include: Hospitality, Airbnb host, event management and, anything to do with weddings! Also, personal assistant, physical therapy and caring for older people.
MONEY: What is the Meaning of The 4 of Wands in a Money Reading?
💲 The 4 of Wands does not signify any specific change in finances. Your source of income is stable and there is no need for concern.
💲 This card can signify the purchase of a home or holiday home. What you buy will be perfect!
💲 If you are considering renting out property (Airbnb for example), your plans work out well.
💲 It is a good time to make home improvements.
Tarot Card Combination Meanings
“Four of Wands combined with Judgement” – Something you almost gave up on, now sparks into life.
“Four of Wands combined with the Devil” – Don’t hide away too long, there is still much for you to experience.
“Four of Wands combined with The Moon” – Clarity of thought comes during a retreat or vacation.
HEALTH: What does The 4 of Wands Mean when You Ask About Health?
The 4 of Wands represents good health. Any of the Rider Waite cards which are dominated by the colour yellow, represent health and vitality.
Occasionally this card can mean recovery in hospital or through physical therapy.
YES/NO: Does The 4 of Wands Mean Yes or No in a Reading?
❓ When you ask a Yes or No question and the 4 of Wands turns up, then the answer is YES.
TIMING: Does The Four of Wands Predict any Particular Timeframe?
🕔 The 4 of Wands is only a timing indication when you specifically asked a timeframe question. For example, if you want to know if something will happen, and when, then you need to draw two separate cards. These are in fact, two separate questions. This is a fundamental principle and core to my teaching in my book Tarot in 5 Minutes.
🕔 Using my timing method, the 4 of Wands is about 4 weeks. If the card is reversed, timing will be slightly longer – so up to 6 weeks.
Karina’s Timing Method:
Swords are days. Wands are weeks. Cups are months and Pentacles are years. Please note this is my personal timing method. Feel free to adopt it (or not).
What is the Meaning of The 4 of Wands Reversed?
When the Four of Wands is reversed then there is still a lot of positivity. However, the fun or joy may be slightly subdued. This could be because:
✔️ The reason to celebrate is still good, but not as good as you hoped.
✔️An event does not go off hitch-free, but overall is still very enjoyable.
✔️ Someone is missing from the celebrations or good news and this makes you sad.
✔️ You are coming down from a high, like a great vacation or wedding, and now it’s back to ‘ordinary’ life.
✔️Other keywords associated a reversal include: partying too hard, estrangement and thoughtlessness.
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