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Thoth-4 of Wands-Completion
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The Dark Santa Muerte - Four of candles
The four- 4's all bring perfection, realization, completion, and making a matter settled and fixed.
Hence the 4's are the first manifestation of their suits. The 4 of Wands/Flames is no exception, for here is the Lord of Perfected Work. Attributed to the 4 of Wands-Completion, representing the planet Venus in the sign of Aries. The angels of the Decan are Nanael and Nithal.
The Thoth 4 of Wands represents-Completion on a scale of male (Aries) and female (Venus) forces united. For those who aren't familiar with the fertile energy of Spirit, represented as Fire and the link with the Sexual-Self, they are one and the same. Spirit is the fiery creative energy of Sex, passion, ardor, assertiveness etc. It is the Will that is the motion of I Am and all the assumptions of that command. Thus all creation comes from a sexual act and/or the communion of opposites. The union of atoms comes from the Male Will to Force and the Female Will to Form getting together as Electric male-aspect of energy and Magnetic female aspect of energy. Also the wholeness, health and wealth of being comes from the union of male and female, Force and Form. To separate spirit from sexuality is pure ignorance based on fear producing divisionism and falsehoods that create dysfunction and greatly confuse the docile slaves whose soul has become tarred and feathered in dogma and indoctrination. The only way the Patriarchy could steal the Sacredness from the Sexual union of male and female and give it to "useless old men", was to make it a sterile ritual called "communion". Sexual acts belong to Woman, and Woman had to be an object of debasement for the Patriarchy to work. Through the falsehood of misogyny, males now think they control birth.
Adam Khadmon-The Heavenly Human ( Hermaphrodite)
The 4th Sephiroth is Chesed, Mercy, and is known in Qabalah as the Demiurge or "Lesser Creator" and gives rise to "form and light" as the Divine Architect. This also makes Chesed both masculine and feminine, as Light is the expression of masculine and all form is of the light carrying the data/ idea understood by the receptivity of the Feminine. Thus, Chesed and Geburah are really "two sides to one coin". Both represented here as Mars (Aries) and Venus, the married couple of mythology. So here we compare Chesed -Mercy and Geburah-Severity or Strength, likened to the 2 arms of a human, as one gives and one takes away.
The 4 of Wands is Chesed influencing the realm of Atziluth; the Realm of Pure Spirit. The swift active force of Aries- Mars, is activating the Love and Luxury of Venus. This placement in an astrological reading would be implying a warm, brief apex of romance, or warm fleeting feelings. But in Tarot, we must be aware of the Placement on the Tree of Life. There is a combination of the zodiacal and the Sephirotic meanings to consider. First and foremost is to realize that the zodiac is the mundane or root Chakra of Chokma (2nd Sephiroth), as it appears in the lowest of Four Worlds; Assiah-the active world. Thus, the 4's represent the totality of that which the planetary signs refer. Venus in Aries, being the outer attribute of the card, constitutes a marriage that balances thru love, while the inner attribute is Chesed forces, the pure 4 (Fire, Air, Water, Earth), in the world of Yod-Fire. So what we have in the 4 of Wands is Completion of the process initiated by the Upper Trinity, or Supernal Triangle. Here, the manifestation promised by "Will to Form" (Binah) has taken place in Jupiter-Chesed; The Architect Father who resides below the Abyss. Thus this is a dominating influence on all the following cards as it is the highest idea that can be understood intellectually of the element it represents. Hence, completion. This apex also makes it hard to hold for we have reached the pinnacle of perfection, we can easily fail. Now even the smallest mistake can have major changes.
Chesed , the 4th Sephira, is the Qabalistic Demiurge, who is the First Sephira below the Abyss (Abyssal womb), making him the Lord of all Manifested Active Power. The original will of Chokmah- Wisdom and Binah-Understanding is now manifest in the Sephiroth Chesed- Mercy and is now a solid system such as ; Order, Law, Measurement and Government. Therefore, Chesed sets up "measurement", and/or order from which all form is bound, keeping order in nature. However, being that Chesed is represented by Jupiter, he is a benevolent/merciful ruler of law, measurement and government.
shiva and shakti
Venus in Aries, also removes some of the volcanism of Aries-Mars, and indicates that one can't establish one's work without tact and gentleness. When examining the 4 of Wands-Completion, we see the wands headed by Rams, both signs of Chesed (Father-God Amoun-Ra) and Aries, ending in the Dove of Venus. The completed and active- limitation of the original work is shown by the yellow rimmed circle. To show balance, the 4 flames are doubled, suggesting the feminine and masculine balance of the 4's.
The 4's are completion, there is no attempt to expand, the original will is complete. Usually energy stops moving in a stasis state; However, the "inhale-exhale" dance of Venus and Mars,(the universal breath) is like the dance of the Hindu, Parvati and Shiva (intercourse is the rhythm of inhale/exhale), and therefore, the wheel spins in active harmony and making it the dominating influence of all the cards, of every suit and number that comes after the 4. Therefore, instead of a straight line connecting Aries and Venus, it should be seen as a figure eight (lemniscate), as the rhythm of this union is a continuous flow back and forth, like inhale/exhale. Here then, the O=2 and then 2=1. Therefore, the Thoth Card represents more than just a completed project. It represents the complete union of a rhythmic creative dance of the Left (male) and Right (female)Brain, which perfectly completes any project or cycle.
The Dark Santa Muerte Tarot- Four of Candles
The Dark Santa Muerte - Four of Candles, displays a decorative Santa Muerte Skull as a candelabra. The objective of Santa Muerte imagery is to understand death as an act of Love and not to fear it. Hence, Saint Death, or Santa Muerte. Death is not "evil" nor something to fear, but rather a transformation that must happen to organic material, as it has a beginning and an end, i.e., it is measured. Death simply is transforming from the measured to the infinite and/or unmeasured. We all really exist in the "unmeasured" of I AM. The measured part of our trinity is "Me", and it is a manifestation and/or an assumption. When we decide what our "I AM" is, we set measurement to identity. The Dark Santa Muerte- Four of Candles, represents completion in the physical aspects of harmony, peace, and prosperity. It states that all the joys of life await you. Four, is the number of manifestation.
When the 4 of Wands/Candles is thrown during a reading:
- New life.
- Excitement and growth.
- It is the key to spiritual and holistic completion.
- It suggests that the querent is experiencing the completion of something and experiencing the desire to begin something new.
- The 4 of Wands also implies that ideas are firmly established and proved by their flourishing and it is time to move forward.
- The querent is manifesting a new destiny by acting on a sense of direction, supplied by the inner Self Knowledge that is forming a new identity.
- Here we see celebration and reward after laborious completion of an enterprise.
- Inner fulfillment.
If Ill defined by the surrounding cards in the layout (Thoth) or Reversed (Dark Santa Muerte), it implies:
- Overestimation of one's self.
- Impatience for a new start.
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