Welcome to the first monthly numerology tarot reading for January 2019. In this post I look at what the number 4 in numerology means and how it relates to the Tarot meanings and archetypes, and what energetic influences this number may be offering us for the first month of this year. Why the number 4? Well, when you look at the first month of the year (1) and the year 2019 (breaks down to 3) you get 1+3=4. Therefore, the dominant numerical vibration for us all over the world if we are following the gregorian calendar is number 4. What does this mean for us?
Numerology number 4 meaning
This number is all about structure, stability, process, step by step planning, and being methodical, as well as foundations. It is a good month to get organised for the rest of your year and implement some good habits to ensure that the direction you wish to take in 2019 manifests in ways that have a supportive foundation underneath. You will be setting up the over all theme for your year this month and it will form the foundation and platform for the over all year. With that in mind, be precise about what it is you wish to do this year, or experience, and also take some time to think about what does not feel organised in your life right now. Perhaps you have some lingering bills or over due projects that need to be acted on, or perhaps you have meant to sort out some matters at home such as doing a de-clutter and reorganising your space. If so, this month would be a great month to do it as the vibrational frequency is favourable!
Tarot card number and meanings.
Let’s have a look at the 5 tarot cards that correlate to the number 4: the 4 of wands, 4 of pentacles, 4 of swords and the 4 of cups, as well as the major arcana card-The Emperor
The 4 of wands in tarot.
The 4 of wands depicts a scene which looks like a celebration. It relates to family, homecoming, marriage, celebrations and general domestic happiness.it relates to matters of the heart and spirit. It can apply to situations where you may have taken some kind of journey and have arrived at a place that gives you a sense of comfort and stability-whether that be an inner or outer situation. You may have expanded your horizons recently and have made some progress in the direction you have wanted to take. The suit of wands relates to the element of fire, and fire relates our passions, and the inspiration to go from one state to another state and transform our lives. How can you organise your passions and inspirations for a positive step forward this month?
This card relates strongly to the home, and therefore it is a very favourable time to focus on ways you might improve your living situation or how you might live in more organised ways which will help the flow of your life over all. This is particularly true if you feel you are lacking some stability and foundation in your life. Finding ways to implement more structure and foundation will help you make some positive strides into the new year.
The 4 of pentacles in tarot.
The 4 of pentacles in tarot relates to creating solid foundations around money and material posessions. Not only is the month of January a good time to focus on domestic issues in terms of your living siutation and its orderliness, it is also a great month to take stock of your finances. Budgeting and keeping track of what you spend and how you spend it will be time well spent. If you have not worked out ways to put your budget on autopilot such as downloading an app so you can look at your finances at a glance to always be aware of you are spending, make it a priority this month! Create a solid financial foundation this month.
It is also a good time to set some good lifestyle habits when it comes to your health. As you can see in the card, a man is sitting with his feet firmly planted on two coins which is symbolic of a secure foundation in the physical and practical realm. He does not appear to be very flexible when it comes to his approach to life, but this is what may be needed for you this month. In order to set up the positive habits you want to create, it may be a matter of deciding to say ‘no’ to some of those social activities which may lead to being distracted and derail you from what is most important to you for the coming year. Why do I say this? The next 2 cards are indicating some solitude may be beneficial.
The 4 of swords in tarot.
When you look at this card you can see it depicts a person who is at rest. They are giving themselves a break from any situation which may create inner and outer conflict for them. They appear to be in a sacred setting (as indicated by the stain glass window which symbolic of a church). This month calls for some recovery from the hustle and bustle of last year, and the busy Christmas period. Take some time for meditation, journal writing, reflection and anything that will help renew your spirit and release your mind to a more rested state.
The 4 of cups in tarot.
This card depicts a person who does not want to engage with the outer world. The suit of cups relates to the emotions, so if you are feeling introspective this month, allow yourself to go with the flow. With the entire theme of the month being around structure and foundation, you may feel as if you want some time to be alone so you can focus without distraction on what it is you want for yourself this year. You do not want to be ignited by the ebbs and flows of the emotions of others this month, and might prefer to literally sit by yourself in a natural surrounding preferably near the flow of water to process your own emotions and get clear about how you feel about the year just gone, and the year ahead.
The Emperor in tarot.
Emperor tarot card relates to the father archetype and all things relating to patriarchy, such as government organisations, politicians, religions and control of society. Given that the dominant number for 2019 over all is number 3 (the divine feminine, the Empress, mother earth), a world news story I found interesting in terms of the divine feminine trying to rise up to claim more power is a story of the nun who has been accused of ‘several cases of disobedience’. The article begins:
“The superior general of the Franciscan Clarist Congregation issued last week a letter of warning to Sister Lucy Kalapura, who has been accused of several acts of disobedience, including a protest of the handling of another nun’s accusation that a bishop serially raped her.” Read the article here.
There are a couple of things about this story: it reminds me how often women are silenced, and how the suppression of sexual assault continues at the highest levels of the patriarchy.
In other matters relating to the Emperor tarot card, an example of a current day event is the US government and the current partial government shutdown by President Trump. Trump is trying desperately to dominate the situation at all costs and is completely inflexible when it comes to any kind of discussion regarding his reasons for shutting the government down. He wants his wall (another symbol of structure), yet failing miserably to get his way. And let us of course not forget his Trade War with China, which is adding all sorts of instability within existing stable economic structures.
The Emperor card is linked to the astrological sign of Aries, and therefore linked to the God Of War, Ares, as well as the Goddess of War, Athena. The God Of War is symbolic of power structures basically going wrong, where is the Goddess of War is linked to strategic military operations which are effective, and executed with wisdom. Clearly, Trump is exhibiting the symptoms of a power structure going south. And where might this be going? Well, when we look at the next month of February which is dominated by the number 5-it could be leading to a great deal of conflict, rapid change and instability. Let’s hope we can see the more positive sides of the patriarchy come through before we get to next month.
How does the Emperor relate to us on a personal level?
In the positive, this card is all about claiming your position as a true leader and influencer and not letting others put you down. It focuses on having authority and standing firm in that authority even when others doubt you. If leadership is not your thing, perhaps you would benefit from finding someone you consider a leader and getting advice from them for your particular field of interest, problem or goal. Mastering a strong foundation for what it is you want to do, direction you would like to go or a skill you would like to develop is key this month, so make the most of it.
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