Four of Wands

Number: 25/4

Element: Fire

Astrological Association: Venus in Aries

Key Meanings: Freedom, creativity, and domestic happiness

The Four of Wands in Tarot stands for celebration, freedom, and excitement. It’s all about prosperity and partnerships, and it represents events that generate excitement. The excitement and celebration could be unexpected and come as a surprise. At times, the appearance of the Four of Wands in a reading represents a planned celebration, such as a wedding or anniversary. These events and celebrations leave you with a feeling of joy. The excitement is that of the little child, which still exists in all adults, just waiting to come out. It is the excitement of the child upon seeing a birthday cake lit with candles, the child waiting for a turn on the roller coaster. The Four of Wands also stands for freedom, which can take many forms.

Upright Meaning: This lovely card reveals success after completion—a time for reward. Socially, you will have the opportunity to celebrate and really enjoy yourself; the card predicts you will be brimming with confidence and full of vitality. You also establish yourself in your work and at home, completing a building or remodeling project or moving to a larger property. The vibe of the card is putting down roots, just like the wands. People around you note your willingness to be a pillar of the community and involve yourself in local issues and social events. In work, your talent is appreciated, and you are full of ideas and enthusiasm. Spiritually, the card shows that you share your light with others.

This often comes up in readings to predict that a new partner or love interest will open their hearts and express love and affection. It is also known as the honey-moon card—literally, or as a time to celebrate, run free, and enjoy what life has to offer. It is auspicious for creativity, and artistic projects flourish under the uplifting influence of the Four of Wands.

Reversed Meaning: When reversed, this is one of the few minor arcana cards that retains its positive meaning, albeit with minor irritations. You don’t get all the time you need to focus on doing what you love—from traveling to creative projects and socializing—and you may experience some disruption to plans. In this position, you might just be feeling invisible and not heard. However, if you are feeling too much like the outsider, consider if your environment is right—it’s likely that it’s them, not you. Overall, however, this unsettled phase will soon pass as the sunny aspect of the upright card prevails.

About the Deck: “Ciro Marchetti’s Tarot of Dreams” from