Inverted Four of Rods


Inverted Four of RodsThe inversion of this card signifies your inner reaction to otherwise favorable circumstances.

When you receive this card, you might be experiencing some dread or disinterest in an otherwise joyful situation. If you are gathering with others, you might be concerned about how much you have in common with them. On the other hand, you might enjoy yourself so much, you dread returning to your normal life. These internal feelings can color your perception of the situation. Try to put them aside and enjoy the event. If you find the mix of people is awkward, you can always decline future invitations.


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.

The Inversion

There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous

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