Babylonian Tarot- 4 of wands-reward
The Babylonian Tarot-4 of Wands-Reward, displays the reverential figurines of Sumer. These were found in various archaeological digs of the ancient Sumer. They always had large lapis lazuli eyes and posed reverentially. These votive figurines were often left in Sumerian temples, so that the deity would never be without adoring worshipers. Inscriptions on the statues, implied that these figurines were the pious substitute for live worshipers. Constant attention to one's personal deity was thought to result in the attainment of a good life. Therefore, on the Babylonian card we see 4 such figurines in pious pose, and large eyes looking heaven ward in anticipation that their ardent devotion will be rewarded.
Above the figures are 2 ram-headed wands and 2 Venus disc-wands. In the center is the cuneiform letters representing the number 4. The meanings of this card in divination are the same as those of the Thoth Tarot.
Thoth-4 of wands-completion
The Thoth Tarot- 4 of Wands is called-Completion.
Venus is now in the house of Aries. In Mythology, Venus and Mars (Aries) were a married couple. Here the sexual power of spirit is complete.
For those who aren't familiar with spirit, the One Spiral Energy, and the Sexual Self, they are one and the same. Spirit is the fiery creative energy of Sexual fertility, passion, ardor, assertiveness etc. It is the Will. Thus all being comes from a willed sexual act. The union of atoms comes from force and form getting together as Electric male energy and Magnetic female energy. Also the wholeness, health and wealth of being comes from the union of male and female, Will to Force and Will to Form respectively. To separate spirit from sexuality is pure ignorance based on fear producing divisionism and falsehoods that create dysfunction and greatly confused the docile slaves of the state.
To repeat, Chesed is Mercy,the Sephiroth of the 4's and is known in Qabalah as the Demiurge or "Lesser Creator" and gives rise to "form and light". This also makes Chesed both masculine and feminine, as Light is the expression of masculine and form is due to the receptivity of the Feminine, Thus, Chesed and Geburah are really "two sides to one coin". So here we compare Chesed -Mercy and Geburah-Severity or Strength, to the two arms of a human, as one gives and one takes away.
The Four 4's all bring perfection, realization, completion, and making a matter settled and fixed.
The 4 of Wands is no exception, for here is the Lord of Perfected Work. Attributed to the 4 of Wands-Completion, is the planet Venus in the sign of Aries. The angels of the Decan are Nanael and Nithal
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 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/base Chakra of Chokma, as it appears in the lowest of 4 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 while the inner attribute is Chesed forces, the pure four (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 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.
Chesed is the Demiurge, who is the First Sephira below the Abyss, making him the Lord of all Manifested Active Power and/or Phallic sexual power. The original will of Chokmah- Wisdom and Binah-Understanding is now manifest in the Serphiroth Chesed- Mercy and is now a solid system such as ; Order, Law and Government.
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. Hence, the union of Anima and Animus are in perfect harmony within the creative dance of rationale and imagination.
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 limitation of the original work is shown by the yellow rimed circle. To show balance, the 4 flames are doubled, suggesting the feminine and masculine balance of the 4's. Also being 4, there is no attempt to expand, the original will is complete, and so entropy will soon begin. From order to disorder, is the flow of energy in this universe.
When the 4 of Wands is thrown during a reading:
- 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 inner Self Knowledge that is forming a new identity.
- Here we see celebration and reward after laborious completion of an enterprise.
- Haven or refuge.
- Too conventional or reliant on tradition.
- Success that is not apparent.
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