The Four of Wands tarot card is a celebration of love, friendship, and family. This card is very positive, especially if you’re looking to settle down and create a loving home or a haven for friends and family.
It’s a great sign for love and relationships and can also stand for reunions and homecomings. The Four of Wands shows that things in your life are coming together and you’ve built a strong foundation, so celebrate your abundance and keep your eyes open to what’s next.
When you see the Four of Wands card reversed, it can mean you have inner peace and harmony. You’ve struggled to accept yourself in the past, but now you have stability within.
This reversed card often stands for a personal victory, so that might be the reason you’re feeling so content. Maybe you’ve broken some bad habit or started taking better care of your physical or mental health.
Whatever the reason, you’re feeling at peace and accepting yourself for who you really are.
On the other hand, the reversed Four of Wands can show a lack of stability. The harmony in your life and your home is being disturbed. This is probably because of a communication breakdown and can lead to a lot of tension.
If you’re feeling unsupported, try to restore communication and let people know what you need from them. This may be an uncomfortable time, but you’ll have to work through it to get to a period of stability once again.
Reading this reversed card using the “blocked/restricted” meaning
Alright, so let’s jump into how to read your reversed Four of Wands card. First, you can use the “blocked/restricted” reversed card meaning. When you read your cards like this, you look for an obstacle standing in front of the card’s upright meaning.
So for the Four of Wands, this means something is blocking your harmony and stability.
Say you pull the reversed Four of Wands card thinking about becoming a student. You’re 35 and you’ve decided to go back to school to finish your business degree. You started it over a decade ago, but after several unfortunate events, you had to drop out.
Now you’ve re-enrolled, but it’s been a major change. You haven’t been a student in years, and you lost all the good habits you used to have.
You find you procrastinate with every assignment, always rushing to get things done. You also binge study the night before exams instead of learning the material as you go along. But it isn’t working, and your grades are suffering.
Even worse, all this last-minute work and cramming is leading to major anxiety. When you’re not doing school work, it’s still all you think about, so you feel constantly stressed. You’ve even considered dropping out again because you’re so overwhelmed.
Here, the reversed Four of Wands card tells you it’s time to restore harmony in your life. Developing better habits as a student will decrease your stress and improve your grades.
Try telling yourself you only have to work for ten minutes at a time to start. This will get you moving with no pressure, and you’ll be amazed at how much it can motivate you.
Also, try to work in a peaceful environment, like a special room in your home or the school library. You can also look to academic resources on campus.
Don’t give up on your dream, but don’t disturb your peace either. You can be in school and have stability with a few adjustments.
Reading this reversed card using the “opposite” meaning
Another way to read your reversed Four of Wands card is using the “opposite” reversed card meaning. When you read your cards like this, you look for the opposite of the card’s upright meaning.
For the Four of Wands, this means you have instability in your life. What can you do to get things back on track?
For example, you might pull the reversed Four of Wands card thinking about your recent breakup. You were with your boyfriend for almost three years, but last month, the two of you parted ways. You weren’t happy anymore, and you were fighting almost constantly.
When you weren’t fighting, you just gave each other the silent treatment, so you know this breakup was the right thing to do. But the two of you had been living together for over a year, so it’s been a massive change.
He moved out and got his own place, and ever since, you’ve been thrown off. Your schedule is up in the air, and it’s hard to keep up with the tasks your boyfriend used to handle.
Here, the reversed Four of Wands card tells you this is a period of transition and things will get better. You need to adjust to this new way of life, so start by making a list of all the things you keep forgetting.
Then tackle them one at a time until they become part of your new routine. Shake things up a bit as well to find yourself and create your new life.
Try new hobbies and look for friends who can be helpful and positive in your life. Before you know it, things will settle back down and you’ll feel comfortable in your home and your routine once again.
Reading this reversed card using the “worse” meaning
You can also read your reversed Four of Wands card using the “worse” reversed card meaning. When you read your cards like this, you take the card’s upright meaning and put it in a negative light.
With the Four of Wands, this can mean you’re focusing so much on bringing everyone together that you’re ignoring your own needs.
Say you pull the reversed Four of Wands card thinking about a family reunion you’re planning. You have a large family based in Oklahoma, but lots of your relatives are scattered all over the country.
It’s been years since everyone has gathered together, but a few months ago, you were talking to a couple of your cousins, and you decided to plan the reunion. But once the initial excitement faded, your cousins dropped out of the planning.
So you’ve been handling everything on your own, and it’s been a nightmare. Just setting the date was a headache because everyone wanted it to work in their schedule.
Now you’ve moved on to booking a venue and figuring out food, but again your family is making it difficult with all their preferences. It’s been a huge stressor in your life because you’re worried about pleasing everyone.
Here, the reversed Four of Wands tells you not to let this disrupt your peace. This should be a fun event for the whole family, and if people can’t treat it that way, then they don’t need to be involved. You can’t please everyone, and really, you shouldn’t even try.
Plan the reunion the way you want and let people adjust. In the end, everyone will just be happy to see each other.
Reading this reversed card using the “no/not” meaning
Finally, you can use the “no/not” meaning to read your reversed Four of Wands card. When you read your cards this way, you put a “no” or a “not” in front of the card’s upright meaning.
For the Four of Wands, this can mean “no community.” Now is the time to focus on yourself and seek your inner peace.
For example, say you pull the reversed Four of Wands card thinking about your need to get away for a few days. You’re a devoted wife and mother to three young girls. Your house is full of love, but lately, things have been pretty hectic.
The youngest of your girls is teething, your oldest is entering the pre-teen stage, and your middle has constant sports and other activities taking up your time. You love devoting your life to your family, but you’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately.
It’s hard to find any time for yourself, and it’s been affecting your mood and ability to focus. You know you need to get away and take time for yourself, but you’re afraid to leave your family even for a weekend because they depend on you so much.
Here, the reversed Four of Wands card reminds you that you have to take care of yourself along with anyone else. If you’re run-down or overwhelmed, you can’t be much help to anyone.
Talk to your husband about how badly you need to get away for a day or two. He’ll be able to hold down the fort and will support you. Take the time you need now and restore your peace. You’ll return to your family refreshed and ready to jump back into your role.