After initial completion and unity symbolised by the threes, we are now experiencing a kind of pause, perhaps a well-earned rest, in the fours.
In numerology, the number four suggests grounding, focusing inward, stability, order and a necessary turning point acting as a catalyst for change and moving forward.
Numbered four in the Major Arcana, the Emperor also adds a visionary element to the fours – a need to take stock, regroup, find a new perspective and look towards the future.
The fours in the Tarot suggest lack of movement and progress, but underneath the surface something is stirring, and new developments are underway on a subconscious level.
Four of Wands – celebration, success, completion, harmony, optimism
Esoteric Title: The Lord of Perfected Work
Astrological attribution: Venus in Aries – labour of love, marriage, house move, building a home, wholeness (culmination of the masculine and feminine)
Interpretation: a time of fulfilment and enjoyment, celebrating achievements, creating/renovating a home, successful launch of a business, firm foundations, milestone,
Pergola – firm structure, foundation
Red, yellow and green colours – element fire (Aries) combined with element earth (Venus), enthusiasm, beauty, home, family, love, creativity, vision
Stars and light streaks – celebration, energy, fun, positive outlook
Green rose – symbol for Venus, harmonious relationship
Esoteric Title: The Lord of Blended Pleasure
Astrological Attribution: Moon in Cancer – fluctuations, insecurities, restlessness, doubt; the need for personal growth overshadows stability and security
Interpretation: contemplation, turning inward, dissatisfaction, disappointment, ignoring the positive, growing tired of struggles, withdrawing from difficult situations, pleasure through escapism
Waxing moon – personal growth, new emerging feelings
Roses – gifts, opportunities
Clouds – unsettling thoughts and feelings
Esoteric Title: The Lord of Rest from Strife
Astrological Attribution: Jupiter in Libra – growth and expansion through rest and recovery; gaining equilibrium, balance, objectivity
Interpretation: recovering from a stressful situation or illness, meditation, prayer, inability or refusal to take action, temporary respite from a restless mind, clearing out mental clutter, calming down
Sleeping knight – stillness, rest, peace
Hands in prayer – focus on healing, gathering strength, meditation
Trees and mountains – natural healing process, retreating to a sanctuary, relaxation, recharging energy to overcome what lies ahead
Esoteric Title: The Lord of Earthly Power
Astrological Attribution: Sun in Capricorn – power based on material possessions, feeling safe and secure, fixed on security, content with achievements and status
Interpretation: financial stability, savings, safe investments, risk aversion, stagnation, stifling rules, clinginess, conservatism, hoarding, reluctance to share, being frugal despite wealth
Plants and flowers – abundance, possessions
Closed door – limitations, protection
wooden arbour – structure, stability, self-restriction, inflexibility, need for control
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