FOUR OF WANDS

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Do you remember the thrill you felt as a child seeing your birthday cake alight with candles? Or waiting to get on a roller coaster? Or slow-dancing with your first love? This bubbly, high-as-a-kite feeling lies at the heart of the Four of Wands. As a toddler, my son expressed it through his “Happy Dance.” He’d run in place faster and faster, barely able to control his delight. Of course, as mature(!) adults, we contain this feeling, but it never leaves completely. Each of us still has an excited, little kid inside waiting to come out.

In readings, the Four of Wands often represents the events and experiences that generate excitement. These vary from person to person, but the stirring feelings are the same. Sometimes such times arrive unexpectedly. The Four of Wands can signal a surprise or spontaneous thrill. Other times this card represents planned celebrations, such as weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and victory parties. These events have their solemn side, but they are also a chance to feel the joy of living.

The Four of Wands often means freedom. Freedom can take many forms, but it always brings with it an exhilarating feeling. When we break the bonds that bind us, whether physical, mental or emotional, we feel triumphant and able to move on to a new period of growth and happiness. If you feel trapped or restricted right now, use the energy of the Four of Wands to launch you into freedom. Do not be afraid to claim the open vistas that are rightfully yours.

FOUR OF WANDS

FOUR OF WANDS TAROT CARD MEANINGS KEYWORDS
Upright: Celebration, harmony, marriage, home, community
Reversed: Breakdown in communication, transition

FOUR OF WANDS TAROT CARD MEANINGS AND DESCRIPTION
In the Four of Wands, a couple dances beneath a welcome wreath, tied between four crystal tipped wands. The canopy of flowers on the four wands is also similar to the wedding canopy or chuppah of the traditional Jewish ceremony and thus represents a time of fulfilment and satisfaction at the attainment of a goal. In the background stand another group of people, just in front of a large castle, also decorated in flowers. It appears as if a celebration is being held, perhaps as a homecoming or a celebration from within the castle.

UPRIGHT FOUR OF WANDS TAROT CARD MEANINGS
The Four of Wands heralds celebration, good times, a happy and harmonious home environment and good news. In numerology, four symbolises stability and firm foundations, and in the case of the Four of Wands, you are now enjoying a period of happiness and stability. This card indicates a sense of harmony and balance as well as completion, and thus symbolises a time of peace and joy in life that come as the result of often difficult and challenging effort. The Four of Wands is one of the most positive cards in the Tarot deck and indicates general good fortune, satisfaction, and fulfilment.
With the Four of Wands, it is the perfect time to get together with your family and friends and to celebrate all the wonderful times that you have had together. Often, this card reflects the holiday period where you get together with the extended family and join in a celebration. Alternatively, it may be as simple as inviting your closest friends over for an intimate dinner and a few glasses of nice wine. The Four of Wands often points to a marriage, engagement, birth of a child, a birthday, graduation or other type of celebration that marks a special milestone.
If you have been working on a project, you will reach an important milestone and will have cause to celebrate. You have completed a significant phase of the project and can feel very proud of what you have accomplished so far. This card augurs a time of joy and satisfaction in life and represents the personal gratification of a job well done, a goal attained, and a vision beginning to be realised.
Given the Four of Wands is closely associated with the home environment, you may be working on improving or renovating your home. You may have recently purchased a new home or are very close to finding a new home and getting ready to settle down in your new environment.
The Four of Wands indicates peace, harmony and tranquillity. You may find a refuge from the turmoils of life, perhaps by meeting someone new in a romantic setting, or by finding a new place to live that is ‘away from it all’. If you have been experiencing any disagreements with others, now will be the time to make a peace offering and instead focus on creating harmony in the relationship.
The Four of Wands provides encouragement when things seem too daunting. The card serves as a reminder that most things in life do not come easily, and so when you do accomplish a major milestone, you should be proud of everything that you have achieved. The Four of Wands is also representative of move from one stage to another, and moving past mistakes and challenges to a place of peace, acceptance and happiness.

REVERSED FOUR OF WANDS TAROT CARD MEANINGS
The Four of Wands reversed suggests there is a lack of harmony or a breakdown in communication in your family or home. There may be tension between family members or loved ones and you are finding yourself getting caught up in other people’s concerns and relationship problems. This may leave you feeling uncertain about your own relationships and what you can and cannot depend on. You may also be going through a period of transition in your family and home life and feeling some tension as a result.
Similarly, you may find your home situation becomes increasingly unstable. There may be an external threat to the peace and happiness you once had in your home. You may be placed into a temporary situation which appeases your immediate concerns but does not yet solve the longer-term issues. Depending on your living arrangements, it may be better to move home for the time being to allow things to settle.
Given the upright Four of Wands reflects stability, the reversal of this card can indicate that you are going through a period of transition where there is little stability and security. You may be experiencing multiple changes in your life, such as changing jobs, moving house and/or leaving a relationship. While you know that this is an important transition that you need to make, it can be quite unsettling, leaving you feeling out of balance and uncertain about your future.
In a relationship reading, the Four of Wands reversed reflects someone who may not be looking for a particularly long-term relationship but is willing to invest in it for the time being. There is a lack of commitment, or even a fear of commitment, which is preventing them from wanting a long-term relationship.

FOUR OF WANDS

General Meaning
This suit, most often called “Wands” and sometimes called “Rods” or “Staves,” represents initiative, ambition, drive and desire. This is the suit of enterprise and risk-taking.
A Four in this suit is the teamwork card, often symbolized by two couples who have come together to create something profitable and enduring. Quite likely, they will create a gift for the future — a business, hospital, theater or university. They represent the founding families of the future community that will grow around their inspiration. Teamwork is the key.
It takes time to build a grand vision; and other people of ambition and talent must be attracted to it for it to fulfill its potential. What we see here is the start-up group, the founding visionaries committing their energies to designing the blueprints and laying the groundwork. This partnership is the prototype for society or any grouping where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

In the Advice Position
Exchanging ideas and proposals for addressing a universal need ensures approval and support.
The card in the Advice position suggests a course of action which will harmonize what you want with what is currently possible.
The Four of Wands in this position supports your good, productive, evolutionary ideas. Concentrate on networking: use your charisma and power to attract like-minded souls so you can significantly increase your sphere of influence — the more people you can reach, the better.
Your enthusiasm empowers your vision, which is thriving with possibilities. As you share more freely what is on your mind and in your heart, others will see themselves in your vision, so you naturally receive approval, support, assistance and abundance. In your own way, you are addressing a universal need.

FOUR OF WANDS

Four of Wands Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Happy families, reunion, coming home, celebrations, surprises, parties, weddings, events, feeling welcome, community or family coming together, community spirit, teamwork, success, prosperity, stability, security, laying down roots, pride, self-esteem, being proud of achievements.

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the Four of Wands represents happy families, celebrations, surprises, parties, weddings and events. It signifies coming home and reunions, feeling like you fit in and being made to feel welcome and supported. This Minor Arcana card indicates success, prosperity, stability, security and laying down roots. It tells you that you will be proud of your achievements and that your self-esteem will be high when it appears. It also represents team work, community spirit and communities or families coming together.

Health
In a health Tarot reading, the Four of Wands is a good omen as it signifies good health and vitality and returning to good health after an illness. It is also a happy family card so a good omen to get if you are pregnant.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot spread, if you are in a relationship the Four of Wands is a great omen representing happy family life, success, stability, security and laying down roots so your relationship should be going very well when it appears. It is also a Minor Arcana card signifying celebrations and as such, can represent parties, welcoming ceremonies, baptisms and family coming together. It is a very strong indicator of a wedding so if you are hoping to tie the knot it is a very welcome card to see. If you are single, the Four of Wands is also a good omen indicating parties, celebrations and feeling like you fit in so you should be enjoying single life when it appears. It can also represent reunion so a past love may come back into your life when it appears.

Money & Career
In a career Tarot spread, the Four of Wands indicates that things should be going well in work at the moment. Your work environment is a pleasant and supportive one and you should be getting along well with your colleagues when it appears. There is a happy and productive team atmosphere indicated by this Minor Arcana card. It can also signify a work gathering such as an office party. In a financial Tarot reading, the Four of Wands indicates that your finances are in good condition at the moment. This will be down to hard work and sound financial planning on your part, so well done. You may be using this wealth to treat your loved ones to a nice meal or day out when this card appears.

Spirituality
In a spiritual context, the Four of Wands can represent ceremonies and community so you may have rituals and events to attend within your religious or spiritual community. If you are invited to take part in events or workshops it is good omen indicating that you will be made to feel welcome and will find acceptance and support at those events.
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Reversed Meaning Guide
Four of Wands Reversed Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Unhappy families, postponed/ cancelled reunion, leaving home, cancelled celebrations/surprises/ parties/ weddings/ events, being jilted, feeling unwelcome, not fitting in, community divided, lack of community spirit, lack of support/ success/ teamwork/achievement, instability, insecurity, neglect, uprooting, self-doubt

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the Four of Wands reversed represents unhappy families, being jilted or cancelled celebrations, surprises, parties, or events. It can signify leaving home, postponed or cancelled reunions, feeling like you don’t fit in, not being made to feel welcome and lack of support. This Minor Arcana card when reversed can indicate failure, lack of achievement, neglect, instability, insecurity and being transient or uprooted. It tells you that you may experience self-doubt and that your self-esteem may be low when it appears. It also represents lack of team work or community spirit and communities or families divided.

Health
In a health Tarot reading, the Four of Wands reversed can indicate shaky or poor health. It can signify that you are not taking enough time out to stop and smell the roses. However, it can also be an indication of hospitalisation or needing in-home care or the assistance of family to recover from an illness that knocks you off your feet for a while.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot spread, if you are in a relationship the Four of Wands reversed is not a great omen as it can represent unhappy family life, failure, instability, insecurity, neglect and being uprooted so your relationship may be going through a tough or an unpredictable time when it appears in your Tarot spread. When reversed, it is also a Minor Arcana card signifying cancelled or postponed celebrations and family being divided so it can indicate that you and your partner may not be seeing eye-to-eye or you may be having some issues with getting your family to accept your relationship. It is an indicator being jilted at the altar or a postponed wedding so if you are hoping to tie the knot it is not a very welcome card to see. If you are single, the Four of Wands reversed is not a good omen as it can represent self-doubt and feeling like you don’t fit in. It also indicates cancelled celebrations so you may not be having a great social life when it appears. If you have been hoping for a reunion with a past love, this card would see the reunion cancelled or postponed.

Money & Career
In a career Tarot spread, the Four of Wands reversed indicates that things may not be going well in work at the moment. Your work environment is not a pleasant or supportive one. Expect clashes of personality and back-biting or undermining when this Minor Arcana card appears reversed in your Tarot spread. You may be having trouble forming bonds with your colleagues when it appears as an unpleasant team atmosphere is indicated. It can also signify a work gathering such as an office party going badly. Be mindful of being overly friendly or drinking too much at these gatherings. It may seem like a chance to let your hair down but you still have to behave in professional manner if you want to avoid embarrassment on Monday morning. In a financial Tarot reading, the Four of Wands reversed indicates that your finances are not in good condition at the moment. There is a lack of planning or proper management of the finances indicated by this card. You may find that a lot of your money is being spent on family expenses and you are struggling to keep on top of them.

Spirituality
In a spiritual context, the Four of Wands reversed can represent cancelled ceremonies and lack of community spirit so you may find that rituals and events you were meant to attend within your religious or spiritual community are cancelled. If you are invited to take part in events or workshops it is not a great good omen as it can indicate that you will not feel like you fit it or find the support and acceptance you need at those events.