The Tarot of Eli, LLC-Minor Arcana: Thoth Tarot-4 of Wands-Completion & The Apokalypsis- 4 of Wands.

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· Thoth -Apokalypsis

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Thoth-4 of Wands-Completion

#4. From the exhaustless riches of its limitless substance, I draw all things needful, both spiritual and material.

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The Tarot Apokalypsis - 4 of Wands

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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 Thoth- 4 of Wands-Completion, representing the planet Venus in the sign of Aries. The angels of the Decan are Nanael and Nithal.

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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 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 declaration. 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 dysfunctional "flesh-0-phobia" and confuse the docile slaves whose soul has become tarred and feathered in the mind virus of 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 Organized Religion. Sexual acts are usually connected to life and life belongs to Woman, and Woman had to be an object of debasement for the Patriarchy to work its "smoke and mirrors" trickery to rule the imagination of humankind. Through the falsehood of misogyny, males now think they control birth and life...Life is a Feminine Creation., and she doesn't bow to males; She created them as her consorts. She created "other" so that Life can diversify, and thereby, go on for eternity.

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Qabalistic Tree of Life (The Divine Creative Molecule)

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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 electric expression of masculine, and all form is of the light carrying the data and forming idea by understanding. The image is created by the receptivity of the Magnetic Feminine. Thus, Chesed (male) and Geburah (female) are really "two sides to one coin". Both are 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.

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The Tree of live as compared to human chakras

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The 4 of Wands represents 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. Primarily one 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 through 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.

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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 and this is the authority granted him by The Divine Feminine as the Empress.

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Empress and Emperor-Face to Face

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 solar yellow rimmed circle. To show balance, the 4 flames are doubled, suggesting the feminine and masculine balance of the 4's.

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The 4's are completion, there is no attempt to expand, the original will is complete. If this is left to stand energy eventually stops moving and becomes 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 also 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 horizonal 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., in whole matrimony. Therefore, the Thoth Card often 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.

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The Tarot Apokalypsis- 4 of Wands

The Tarot Apokalypsis- 4 of Wands represents a powerful and uplifting Will that is the reflection of the Primal Will, capable of building the Universe itself. Here the Greater Self deposits subconscious materials that will make our inner temple solid and harmonious by revealing the infection of the "mind virus" and/or the "false ego". Thereby, revealing the falsehood before we externalize it.

Seen on this card, is a Pharoh being showered in golden ankhs symbolizing the infinite union of the Divine feminine and masculine that assists us in establishing a subconscious foundation based on the principles of generosity, magnanimity, nobility, and truth. Helping us in understanding that we are not a product of a parasitic mind virus that promotes negativity and fear. In Qabalistic philosophy this understanding promotes the blessed manifestations of the Primal Will of Eheieh (God name for Kether): Eheieh, means- "I Will Be". Therefore, allowing us to see that we are the fulfillment of that Primal Will as "I AM Being". The four wands are shown as four staffs of Ra. Numerically, four is the number of completions. The Ankh in tarot, is a combination of Air and Water. Therefore, a symbol for the Tarot Sword and Cup combination. That would translate as the Intelligence and Unconscious union and/or "rational and Imagination" combination of male and female which is the union that promise eternal life.

The ankh or key of life is an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol used in Egyptian art and writing to represent the word for "life" and, by extension, as a symbol of life itself.

The ankh has a cross shape, but with a teardrop-shaped loop in place of a vertical upper bar. The origins of the symbol are not known, although many hypotheses have been proposed. It was used in writing as a triliteral sign, representing a sequence of three consonants, Ꜥ-n-ḫ. This sequence was found in several Egyptian words, including the words meaning "mirror", "floral bouquet", and "life". In art the symbol often appeared as a physical object representing either life or substances such as air or water that are related to it. It was especially commonly held in the hands of ancient Egyptian deities, or being given by them to the pharaoh, to represent their power to sustain life and to revive human souls in the afterlife.

The ankh was one of the most common decorative motifs in ancient Egypt and was also used decoratively by neighboring cultures. Coptic Christians adapted it into the crux ansata, a shape with a circular rather than oval loop, and used it as a variant of the Christian cross. The ankh came into widespread use in Western culture in the 1960s, and it is often used as a symbol of African cultural identity, Neopagan belief systems, and the goth subculture.

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According to Wikipedia the Ankh is also a triliteral sign that appears in Egyptian words for "mirror", "floral bouquet", and "life". Therefore, on the Tarot Apokalypsis card, having Anubis (Jackel headed god) and Horus (hawk headed god) shower the Pharoh with Ankhs, means he is given by the Gods, the power to sustain life and the power to revive souls in the afterlife.

 Also shown in the Apokalypsis card, is a stylize golden and winged scarab shown on the Pharoh as a belt buckle or frontal ornamentation. The red and white crown represents the Pharoh's rule over the upper and lower Nile. The Scarab represents the god Khepri, who was a symbol for the morning sun and resurrection. Also, to further this complete image of Eternal Life, the four staffs of Ra are adorned in flowers, that besides symbolizing the female also imply fecund life. The primary meaning of this card is establishing solid foundations on which to build.

When the Four/ 4 of Wands 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, it implies:

  • Overestimation of one's -self.
  • Blasphemy.
  • Senselessness.
  • Impatience for a fresh start.

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