Card Meanings Rider-Waite- The Fours

The fours are a period of rest, a pause before more action. The keywords here are:

  • 4 of Wands- Homecoming
  • 4 of Cups- Dissatisfaction
  • 4 of Pentacles- Consolidation
  • 4 of Swords- Rest

Going Deeper

4 of Wands

The Four of Wands suggests a victory of sorts, a welcome home. It is stability in the sense that no matter what happens out there in the world, some things keep on keeping on. It is your solid base. Your home and family life. The sort of place you retreat to when the world gets a bit much. If you have been waiting for someone to return, this is that return. In a lot of ways it is also a chance to regather your strength, to remind yourself why you are doing the things you are doing.

In relationship readings it suggests setting up home or coming from a place of strength. You relationship has reached a stage where it is normal. You are past the dating part and now starting to let it all hang out a bit. This is comfort and security and a sense that the relationship is here to stay.

In negative spread positions it could be about giving up too soon or buying into the mistaken notion that your plans were going nowhere fast so retreating to the safe and familiar. It can also be about counting your chickens before they are hatched, telling everyone that your novel is brilliant before you have written it.

As a person the 4 of wands represents someone from your family or that you have known such a long time you consider them family. They are always happy to see you and good at cheering you up or cheering you on.

4 of Cups

There is a very sulky vibe to the 4 of Cups. It’s about not being as grateful as you could be for what you do have. Always wanting something more, or not wanting what is offered. Sometimes it’s simply about taking the time to think about what you really want. Not accepting second best or settling when you know you deserve better. It is always a good idea to do some deep soul searching when the 4 of Cups appears to better understand whether you are being unappreciative or whether you really do deserve better.

In relationship readings the 4 of Cups suggests that you are emotionally dissatisfied. You may feel like you are missing out on something, that there has to be more then this. It’s about needing to be clearer, both with yourself and those around you, exactly what your needs are.

In negative spread positions the 4 of cups is downright sulky. Nothing is good enough. It’s about being too high and mighty to appreciate the efforts that others are putting in. It’s about feeling put upon, as if you are the only one who cares or who does anything. It is also about rejecting offers made to you by others, choosing to ignore the love and support on offer to you.

As a person the 4 of cups represent someone who is dissatisfied with life, who feels that the world owes them more then they have been given. They are often unwilling to do the work necessary to achieve the rewards they feel they deserve.

4 of Pentacles

You can expect to hold onto your money when the 4 of Pentacles appears. It’s about saving your pennies and watching your investments. The 4 of Pentacles is money in the bank and consolidating your assets either financial, emotion or practical. It can be difficult to get funding that you may need when this card appears as it represents a time when moist people are unwilling to let go of the cash. It can be a bit negative if you are in business because you may find that you have to work so much harder to close sales or deals.

In relationship readings you may find that your partner or yourself is being rather stingy with time and affection. There is a sense of what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is yours. It is a reluctance to be generous and a fear that you may be being taken for a ride. It’s also about playing your cards close to your chest. Being unwilling to give away too much in the relationship lest it be used against you. It’s relationship power plays in the sense of ‘who’s going to give first’.

In negative spread positions the 4 of Pentacles is downright miserly. Totally unwilling to give an inch. Stubborn and determined to ‘teach you a lesson’. It can also be about holding on so tight you smother what ever it is you are trying to hold on to. The 4 of Pentacles can be the overwhelming parent who has an opinion about everything and who refuses to let you grow up or make mistakes.

As a person the 4 of pentacles is someone who is tight with their money. Often they are saving up for something. Sometimes this person is simply unwilling to give of either their money or themselves because of a fear of going without.

4 of Swords

The 4 of Swords is a time of rest and recuperation. It’s about needing time out from the world to clear your mind or recover from illness. Sometimes it is important to just be for a while instead of doing. You can expect matters in your life to slow right down or hibernate when the 4 of Swords appears. It’s a period of time that requires patience and can be best utilised by taking the time to reassess where you are at and whether you are heading in the right direction.

In relationship readings the 4 of Swords suggests an inactive period. Nothing will change the status quo for a while. You relationship is going through a period of reflection. Sometimes it’s just about needing space and reminding yourself that you are an “I” as well as a “we”. The 4 of Swords helps you find yourself again.

In negative spread positions the 4 of Swords is about paralysis- it’s less restful and more enforced. It can sometimes indicate a period of illness or a lack of contact from people you need to hear from. There is no way to rush the situation and patience will be required to get through this period of waiting.

As a person the 4 of swords can be someone who is immobile for whatever reason. Sometimes they are recovering from a bout of prolonged illness other times they are simply unable to get around as easily as others. The 4 of swords can also represent someone who is taking a sabbatical from their normal life.

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