persistent energy

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Intro: Four of Wands - persistent energy

Tarot Alley uses the Rider Waite type of deck for our meanings, symbols, interpretations, etc.

When determining the Four of Wands tarot card meaning, you should consider that it’s a Wands card and a Four. The Suit of Wands represents energy and inspiration. Fours represent the status quo including stability, equality, and persistence.

In this way, we can determine that the Four of Wands represents persistent energy.

Take a look at the Rider-Waite Four of Wands displayed to the left (or above).

What is your first impression?

What are they celebrating? Why?

There’s no right or wrong answer here, just your interpretation.

Astrology: Venus in Aries
Element: Fire
Numerology: 4

Common Symbols

  • The Arbor: the arbor represents a celebration. What do you have to celebrate?
  • Laurel Leaves: figures wearing laurel leaves represent recognition. Are you being recognized? Feeling recognized? Giving recognition?
  • Grapes: grapes represent harvest and celebration. What are you celebrating?
  • Shared Behavior: shared labor, rewards, or behavior represents everyone doing their part.

Keywords & Concepts

  • Celebration
  • Community
  • Completion
  • Jubilation
  • Teamwork

The Four of Wands for Personal Growth

Affirmation: My contributions are worthy of celebration.

Amplify your individual achievements by joining a group. You’ll achieve more without detracting from your own contributions. This will give you more reason to celebrate!

Ask Yourself:

  • To what extent am I doing my part?
  • What kind of recognition would be most meaningful to me? To the people in my life?
  • How might a celebration now impact group morale?

Interpreting the Four of Wands

Generally, the Four of Wands represents persistent energy. This energy is often utilized by a celebration such as a community event, awards, party, etc.

The Reversed CARD

How you read reversals is a personal choice. You can ignore reversals and read them as if the card is upright (this is what I often choose to do) or you can interpret reversals as variations of what they would mean upright. There are 3 common ways to read reversals: as a negative interpretation, as an opposite interpretation, or as a block on the upright interpretation. Check out How to Read Reversals for more information.

Typically, a reversed Four of Wands represents a negative persistent energy. This is usually related to work and feelings of resentment such as:

  • Recognizing good work by demanding more
  • Working too hard
  • Failing to share in a celebration
  • Allowing bitterness to ruin something celebratory
  • Refusing to contribute to something

Examples of the Four of Wands

Specific Interpretations

Specific situations are the general interpretation (from above) used for a specific situation (love, career, etc). There is no need to memorize these (or even look them up) if you understand the general interpretation. However, here are some basic interpretations for some specific situations:


The Four of Wands wants you to celebrate. Single? Celebrate yourself! Been in a relationship for 10 years? Celebrate! 10 days? Celebrate! You get it, right?


Step back and let others shine. If you’re in a position of authority, delegate!


Your spiritual rituals shouldn’t just have meaning, they should feel meaningful when performed. It’s easy to lose sight of that meaning and fall into habit and routine. Stop! Get in touch with the meaning of your rituals and restore that feeling to them.

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The Four of Wands tarot card meaning is all about persistent energy. Use that energy to work hard and celebrate the positives.

Once you feel comfortable with the Four of Wands tarot card meaning, check out the next card in the tarot deck: the Five of Wands Tarot Card Meaning.


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