Four of Wands’
Ideas: Declination, people-watching, self-celebration, wallflower
Traits: Humble, independent, modest, quiet, self-sufficient, shy
Emotions: Anxiety, apprehension, embarrassment, insecurity, nervousness, uneasiness
- Celebrating yourself
- Declining an invitation to join a group
- Engaging in a small group of people
- Limiting the frequency of partying
- Taking a break from social gathering
- Watching people having fun from a distance
Ideas: Celebration, community, completion, teamwork
Traits: Agreeable, appreciative, ebullient, exciting, felicific, formal, hearty, proud, ritualistic, sociable
Emotions: Contentment, enjoyment, happiness, jolliness, jubilation, pleasure, relief, satisfaction, triumph
- Gathering and celebrating an event with other people
- Going to a happy crowded place
- Joining in an enjoyable activity
- Making your way to somewhere welcoming
- Preparing for a party
- Working together towards a common goal
Ideas: Celebration excuses, fear of missing out, social exhaustion
Traits: Distractible, indulgent, shallow, superficial, trendy, unreflective
Emotions: Annoyance, envy, fear, irritation, loneliness, jealousy, neglect
- Avoiding the fear of being alone
- Exhausting yourself from socialization
- Experiencing the fear of missing out
- Failing to spend some time with yourself
- Finding excuses to celebrate
- Indulging more often than usual
Four of Wands’
You can amplify individual achievements by becoming part of a group. Without decreasing the importance of your own contribution, you’ll achieve more … and have more to celebrate, too.
Have you been together for ten years? Celebrate. Have you been together ten days? Celebrate. Do something to recognize the contribution of both partners. Alone? Celebrate yourself.
Assign duties, delegate, and get out of the way. Allow others to contribute, even if their contributions aren’t exactly up to your personal standards. When projects end, thank everyone involved in a meaningful way.
It’s easy to allow any ritual to become empty. Get back in touch with what your rituals were meant to teach or inspire. When you restore meaning to your spiritual practice, every prayer becomes a celebration.
Four of Wands’
Most Rider–Waite–Smith-inspired illustrations for this card incorporate a celebratory arbor. What do you have to celebrate?
Laurels and Grapes
Some Rider–Waite–Smith-inspired decks feature figures wearing laurel leaves and carrying bunches of flowers or grapes. Laurel leaves have long been given as tokens of recognition. Grapes suggest both harvest and celebration. Might it be time for a ceremony recognizing contributions?
Shared Labor, Shared Rewards
To what extent is everyone in your group doing his or her part in your “harvest?” How might a celebration (or being reminded of what’s worth celebrating) better integrate the people working with you?
The Marseilles Image
Four Wands have been woven together, creating a sturdy arrangement that might well serve as the top of a simple arbor. How might a celebration better integrate the people in your circle?
- Someone is watching and evaluating your work.
- You may get a wedding invitation soon.
- Between April 11 and April 20
- “My contributions are worthy of celebration.”
- Numerology Number
(the status quo: stability, equality, persistence)
- Classical Element
- Astrological Planet in Sign
- Venus in Aries
- Story Character
- We see a demonstration of the main character’s special gifts.
- Questions to Ask
- To what extent am I doing my part?
- What kind of recognition would be most meaningful?
- How might a celebration now impact community morale?