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The Tarot of Eli-Minor Arcana: Thoth-4 of Wands-Completion & Haindl Tarot-4 of Wands-Perfection

Western Qabalistic, Tantric, Alchemical, and Astrological Tarot Card Comparisons.

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Thoth- 4 of Wands-Completion

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

 

The Thoth 4 of Wands represents-Completion.  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. 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 energy and Magnetic female 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 dogma and indoctrination.

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 and 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 Four 4's all bring perfection, realization, completion, and making a matter settled and fixed.   

Hence they are the first manifestation of their suits. The 4 of Wands is no exception, for here is the Lord of Perfected Work. Attributed to the Four of Wands-Completion, representing 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 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, 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 marrage that balances thru love,  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 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, perfection. This apex also makes it hard to hold for when we have reached the pinnacle of perfection, we can easily fail, for even the smallest mistake can have major changes.

Chesed is the Demiurge, who is the First Sephira below the Abyss, making him the 

Lord of all Manifested Active 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, measurement and Government.  Therefore, Chesed sets up "measurement", and/or order from which all form is bound. However, being that Chesed is represented by Jupiter, he is a benevolent ruler of law, measurement 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. 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.

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, 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.  Here then, the O=2 and then 2=0.

 

Haindl Tarot-4 of Wands- Perfection

The Haindl Tarot-4 of Wands-Perfection, has no new title, as Haindl believed there is nothing after perfection. On the upper right of the card is the I-Ching Hexagram 63, "After Completion", by Wilhelm  and "After the End" by Wing.  For those who don't know who Wilhelm is he was a 

German mathematician, philosopher, and Sinophile, (one who is ardently attracted to Chinese culture). Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, noted that the I Ching corresponded with every binary number from 000000 to 111111, and believed that it was an outstanding accomplishment by the Chinese in the mathematical field.

Wing's interpretation of "After the End", denotes a situation where peace and harmony have been achieved as Chaos has given away to a sense of perfection and order. However, in the Chinese view, one state changes into another. Therefore, once again the reaching of an apex, is a precarious thing, as one mistake, can easily create a  momentous change. 

In all his previous cards, Haindl place the wands all pointing upward. This displayed the surging upward of fire. However, Spirit does not just ascent, it is that figure eight, where it both descends and ascends in a rhythmic flow. Hence, in the card's illustration, we have 2 upward pointing spears/wands and 2 downward pointing spears/wands indicating a balance flow of energy. Also, there is a hand descending with a bubble in it, as if a gift from spirit to the World. I AM Spirit, an identity often forgotten when one's body supplies all the senses of presence. However, the Inner Sense of I AM, is there but often not seen through the veils of illusion supplied by the physical senses. One must reach of state of sensual quite to feel the peace and calm of the inner I AM, whose quite meditation makes physical presence possible. To deny one's spiritual I Am, is a form of blasphemy.

When the 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 (Thoth) or reversed (Haindl) it implies:

  • Over estimation of one's self.
  • Blasphemy.
  • Senselessness.
  • Impatience for a new start.

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