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The Meaning of
the "Four of Wands" Tarot Card

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The Meaning of the "Four of Wands"
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The Symbolism of the Four of Wands

The Four of Wands card shows us the blissful scene of a happy couple celebrating and dancing together, possibly on their wedding day.

The couple dance under a roof of natural flowers and plants, strung between four vertical wands which stand firmly on the ground.

The four-wand structure is similar to an ancient Hebrew chuppah, mentioned in the Judeo-Christian Book of Psalms and used to perform traditional wedding ceremonies since Biblical times.

The couple dance under a roof of natural flowers and plants, strung between four vertical wands which stand firmly on the ground.

Behind the couple we see others in their party enjoying the wedding festivities.

To the right of the couple is what appears to be a bridge — possibly crossing a moat — leading to an impressive castle in the background.

The Four of Wands has a generally warm feeling to it, depicting a scene of love, family, friendship and the promise of a shared future.


How to Interpret the Four of Wands

The Four of Wands references a time of happiness and warmth, shared with family or friends.

... the card may reference any scenario in which friends, relatives or colleagues are getting together and enjoying one another's company.

While the image on the card itself pictures a formal occasion, the card may reference any scenario in which friends, relatives or colleagues are getting together and enjoying one another's company.

When the Four of Wands appears in a reading, it may reference the time of such an event, or it may signify the importance of such an event, in relation to your question, or in relation to your specific tarot reading.

The Four of Wands may also represent travel to a familiar place, such as a home town, or a former school. Or it may also represent a return to a shared pasttime or activity.

Generally speaking, the Four of Wands is an extremely positive card, as it focuses not only on the act of gathering, but the positive emotions which surround a gathering of friends.


The Four of Wands Inverted

For some reason, get togethers with old friends and family members can turn what should be a time of happiness and reunion into stressful events, filled with conflicting emotions.

Just when we think we're getting ready to re-live the good old days, something reminds us that there was more conflict and tension in the good old days than we remember.

Or perhaps new issues come out of nowhere and turn what should be a fun get together into a mess of conflicting egos and agendas.

... the reversed Four of Wands typically represents a reunion with family, friends or colleagues that goes off the rails somewhere

For whatever the reason, the reversed Four of Wands typically represents a reunion with family, friends or colleagues that goes off the rails somewhere.

When the Four of Wands shows up in a reading in its inverted orientation, it's either referencing some past incident where unexpected emotions flared up — or it's a gentle reminder to be aware of your friend's emotions at an upcoming event.

The way to prevent ruffled feathers is to actively think about the potent alchemy of emotions and character-types that gatherings are. Tread carefully and consciously, and everything will be okay.


Common Symbols Found On the Four of Wands Card

Tarot cards often use a a symbolic language to convey additional hints about the meaning of the card. The Four of Wands includes at least five common, repeating Tarot symbols. Each of these common symbols can add greater layers of interpretation to the card.

The symbols which appear on the Four of Wands card are:

  • Bridges

    Bridges symbolism appears on the Four of Wands card:

    The representation of bridges in Tarot symbolism represents a emotional or spiritual crossing of some kind from one emotional or spiritual state, to a different one. Generally speaking, we interpret the foreground of the card image as symbolic of the current state of affairs, and the far side of the bridge as a future state, or possible future state. In other cases, bridges can be interpreted as overcoming a opposition or overcoming a psychological block of some kind. If we consider that the water which often flows beneath bridges generally represents emotion and spirituality, we can also interpret the crossing of a bridge as surviving emotional challenges or tension in some way.

    NOTE: It's interesting that the bridge depicted in the Four of Wands card does not show us specifically the image of water. Even though water — and the presence of emotion it symbolizes — may be implied by the scene on the card, the conscious omission of a river or stream from the included imagery is worth paying attention to.

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  • Garlands

    Garlands symbolism appears on the Four of Wands card:

    The symbolism of garlands and rings of flowers is used frequently throughout the classic Rider Waite Tarot deck. Garlands symbolize festivity, success and a connection to nature. In other cases, the presence of garlands may also indicate a ceremony or some official recognition.

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  • Fruits and Vegetables

    Fruits and vegetables symbolism appears on the Four of Wands card:

    While a few specific vegetables or fruits have individual meanings in Tarot (Apples and pomegranates, for example), vegetables and fruits in a general sense symbolize material wealth, fertility or plentiful times. Vegetables and fruits are also often associated with healthy emotions and positive outcomes.

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  • Castles

    Castles symbolism appears on the Four of Wands card:

    Castles represent a combination of wealth, security and strength. They suggest an upper tier of worldly achievements — representing familial dynasties and financial security. Castles also indicate a well-defended sanctuary from opposing forces and a strong foundation from which to grow, plan and prosper.

    NOTE: The opulent castle depicted in the Four of Wands card suggests security and prosperity made possible by a union of friends, relatives and loved ones. Also, the castle represents the security and stability of a marriage or relationship.

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  • Couples

    Couples symbolism appears on the Four of Wands card:

    Couples and romantic partnerships are a frequent image appearing on cards of both the Minor and Major Arcana. In Minor Arcana cards, couples are a mostly (but not exclusively) positive symbol — referencing ideas from growth and happiness, to prosperity and security.

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