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The Four of Wands is one of the warmest and most joyful cards in the tarot.
To give you a bit of context whilst you reflect on your own relationship to the card, here are a few key things to know about the Four of Wands:
In the Rider Waite Smith version of the card, the four wands form the architecture of a chuppah, a four-post canopy used in Jewish wedding ceremonies. When the marrying couple stands beneath it, it symbolizes the home they'll build in their life together, the stability they will craft.
The illustration doubles down on this theme of celebration, communal life, home, and marriage: looking through the chuppah, you can see two figures dressed in finery and flower garlands, waving bouquets. A crowd mills around them. It feels like an express invitation to the viewer of the card, like the waving figures are saying: come join the festivities, come be part of this, come make yourself at home.
So the Four of Wands is a card about celebration - particularly about celebrating profound moments - which may include marriages, births, homecomings, and other meaningful events in your life. When the card comes up in a reading, take it as an invitation to look back on - or forward to - these kinds of moments.
The chuppah at the heart of the card also suggests that the Four of Wands is a card about home. About celebrating your place in your community, about making a home amongst what - and who - matters the most to you. About building a place that feels like home for yourselves and others.
There’s something deeply generous in this card - it’s not just about the couple in the picture’s win, it’s about how this moment of celebration allows for togetherness and joy. It’s a reminder to connect, to see the good, and to invite others to connect to you and see the good, too.
In your tarot journal, you’re asked to reflect on what this card means to you, now, in this moment, and what actions and thoughts it inspires in you. As you journal, pay attention to what you’re personally picking up in the card, but also consider what the key themes in the card might be telling you. What profound moments are coming up in your life, and how will you celebrate them? How do you make yourself feel at home - and how do you welcome others to feel at home with you? What meaningful connections are you in the process of building?
This mini-tarot lesson was brought to you by me, Chelsey Pippin Mizzi, founder of Pip Cards Tarot. I hope you gained a little context to help you continue reflecting on the card in your own way, and I’ll see you tomorrow for another mini-lesson.