Four of Rods

Interpretation

Four of RodsThe image in this card looks very much like a chuppa, the tent used in Jewish marriage ceremonies. In fact, this card can indicate marriage if it is paired with several cards (see Interactions below). However, much of the time it is simply a reason to celebrate.

When you receive this card, it’s time to throw a party. You could be celebrating a milestone in business or pleasure, but this is the time to set up a tent, gather in the gazebo, and be with good friends. This isn’t a place to stay indefinitely. Tents are meant to be temporary shelter. But it’s important to mark this event before you move on to other projects, or onto your life with another.

Interactions

The Four of Rods in combination with the cards below, indicates a marriage ceremony.

Major Arcana

Emperor: In a spread, the Four of Rods lightens the energy of the Emperor.
Hierophant: In a spread, the Four of Rods with the Hierophant can represent marriage.
Lovers: The Four of Rods with the Lovers is a signal that romance is playing a role in the situation.
Justice: In a spread, the Four of Rods with Justice can represent a civil ceremony or marriage by a Justice of the Peace.

Minor Arcana

Two of Cups (Hearts): The combination of the Two of Cups (Hearts in other decks) and the Four of Rods suggests marriage.
Ten of Cups (Hearts): The combination of the Ten of Cups (Hearts in other decks) and the Four of Rods suggests marriage.

The Suit — Rods, Wands, Staves, or Clubs

The Rod is a tool with a spark of life in it. This suit is associated with the element of fire, due largely to an ancient belief that fire is held captive in wood. Certainly, sensitive souls can feel the energy of wood, but we don’t expect it to combust on its own. When we refer to this suit as Wands, we acknowledge its power. Rods are creative and fiery. They can also feel like a burden in excess.

Number — 4

Four is a number of order, foundation, and stability.

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