Here’s my 4 of Air, in progress. It’s almost done. What a pleasure to work on this piece. Since it’s a close-up view, I was able to make the original quite small. In fact it’s the smallest Tarot image I’ve ever done, at about 4.5″ x 6.8″. Lovely. I’m anticipating the arrival of Spring, can you tell?
The Four’s in Tarot are all about boundaries and limits, and creating a container for sacred space. The qualities of Air include the mind, thoughts, communication, ideas, choices, learning/teaching, plans, intentions, hope. I’d put prayer and meditation in the “air” category too. So the nest here is the safe structure we create to take time out to rest, dream, incubate our ideas, get our mind clear. It’s an important message about keeping your boundaries strong — if the nest falls apart, the incubating energy inside is destroyed. It’s not a bad idea either, when you’re taking a “time out,” to keep your sacred place hidden and safe. There’s always a predator out there on the lookout, ready to snatch away your alone-time, your personal space, your ideas.
One of the reasons I’m leaving humans out of some of the Minor cards is to emphasize the notion that we are all part of an interdependent web of life. In Gaian terms, humans aren’t the top of the “great chain of being,” that medieval concept of hierarchy that many Westerners still agree with. (Actually, God and the angels are “above” man in the chain. But man is above woman, of course, and then animals, plants and minerals.)
Ahhh. I’m so thankful for a different paradigm.