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The Fours

This post was written by Barbara Moore
on February 1, 2011 | Comments (3)

In tarot, we often see the numbers as representing specific energy. As we mentioned in the Emperor, fours represent stability, or taken to a negative extreme, stagnation. Each of the suits in tarot also represents a specific energy. The Wands and Swords are active energy while the Cups and Pentacles are passive energy. It is interesting to see how the energy of the four merges with the energy of the suits to create either a restful or lethargic feeling.

In the active suits, Wands and Swords, the fours show a quiet calmness, with the Swords being peaceful and the Wands being happy or celebratory but not wild (the 3 of Cups has a more wild energy). In both cards there is a nice balance of active and passive, creating a pleasant experience.

In the passive suits, the feeling of the cards is more stagnated. The Cups oozes ennui and boredom. The hoarding taking place in the Pentacles card has a constipated feel. In these two cards, we are mixing too passive energies and the result is sluggish.

All images from the Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti

Reader Comments

Written By Megan Potter
on February 1st, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

I love the term “constipated” here – especially with that particular image – I never thought of it that way, but it really is a great descriptive word for that energy….


Written By Stephanie Gonzales
on February 1st, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

I love your interpretation, Barbara. I’ve always felt that the Four of Pentacles is a bit miserly. Here, in the Divine Tarot, I also get a feeling of paranoia. He’s looking over his shoulder like he’s wary of someone taking what is his.


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