Four of Staves: Completion
Historical: Lord of Perfected Work
Ruling Pentagram: Pent #4 “Overflowing” – Fire of 艮(Kên) Keeping Still, Mountain
Berashith: “and Elohim saw the Dawn.”
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #33 (遯 dùn), Retreat
Tiered Bigrams: Fire (Above), Fire (Middle), Water (Below)
Element/Planet: Fire of Jupiter (Chesed, Benevolence)
Planet/Sun Sign: Venus in Aries
Keywords: Retiring, Withdrawal, Utopia, Firmness, Detachment, Clarity
Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Peril, Risk, Deadline, Blockades
Golden Dawn: Called the Four of Staves, Lord of Perfected Works, the Four of Staves card corresponds to the planetary Venus and the zodiacal Aries. The angelic associations are Nanael and Nithal and places at Sephira #4 (Chesed,) in the Golden Dawn system.
A pair of hands hold a glowing disc in the center of the card, overlaid on a set of four wands. The wands are topped with ram’s heads and swans. The tails of the swan wands are swallow’s tails. Two torches touch each other within the symbol for Venus.
Thoth: The symbology of the wands is carefully chosen, Ram’s heads for Amun Ra the father who resides in Chesed. The doves represent the Venusian current. It is curious AC does not address Mars, beyond the height of material manifest power in Chesed. The influence of Venus may be calming but it does not make the Martian traits vanish.
Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: The image in the Hexagram doesn’t seem to match the scene of the card at first glance. #33 is a Hexagram that talks about retreating from the enemy and doing “small things” as a way to continue persevering. The power of the darkness is ascending and is connected to the 6th moon of the year, when Midsummer has passed.
A situation like this can be found in the story of Man. The species must leave the planet, but will he do so at the last minute, in a dangerous circumstance? The attitude that brings about this dire situation is that of the technophobe and the luddite. The other option includes embracing our interstellar nature, ascending to the heavens, and becoming the guardians of Earth, from afar, rather than sitting in it, fouling the nest. So the image on Completion is of an aeon beyond the time when Hrumachis reigns (Lady Ma’at) and mankind sits in the heavens. An airship has been completed and the people gather to celebrate the small victory.
There may be other people not on board with this endeavor, but here those ones do not matter. We have separated as a species. These are the ones who have partaken of residency in Valhalla, the low men denied their true destiny. So it is with humans since the beginning of time. The scene has ominous undertones. The Vultures represent the goddess Ma’at. In the mosaic, at the bottom of the reflecting pool, there is a four-point or double vajra symbol representing several things. One is the separate three worlds being reunited in Spirit. Another is the synergy of the four elements, Fire, Air, Earth and Water around Akasha or Spirit. It is also the symbol of Bhutan, one of only two nations on earth who have remained fiercely loyal to The Dragon. (the other one is Australia, but this only counts for the indigenous population, and those who were cheerfully absorbed into it.)
It is highly amusing that the pentagram is named “Overflowing” alongside the imagery of two waterfalls, since the painting was made long before Izi’s pentagrammal structures were given names out of the Judaic progression of Berashith.
The Scene: The Age of Ra Hoor Khut, the Sun god, will pass and so the Age of Hrumachis will begin. Often assumed to be the goddess Ma’at, his sister. The card was special to m1thr0s, he was being very particular and attentive about it and demanded certain attributes from it. The vultures, overlooking a pool with a double vajra, and the sense of being up in the sky, a floating city with futuristic architecture, I decided to depict it with a neo-Kemetic influence. The water should be flowing down from the vultures symbolizing an eternal wellspring of Truth and Justice. This is perhaps the end of the aeons. The cycle comes to a halt in “the princess” Earth element, that is, Ma’at, who is the representation of the Goddess, in all her might and splendor. Salmon, amber, clear pink rose, amber and yellow are all present, with a multitude of all the color scales in the crowd of people below, representing the synthesis of the scale of 6, or the TwinStar amongst the four elements (The Tarot of the Egyptians, Aleister Crowley 1944,) while the fireworks are meant to indicate the highly celebratory nature of the scene. This is an entire aeon in the future, and mankind has achieved Completion.