I have a number of bird decks, including a deck of playing cards with Chinese titling that took me several years to gather information for and write up a sheet on. Yeah, I like looking up birds. So today’s card really lit me up!
FOUR OF WANDS
This is a Bowerbird, and it looks specifically like the Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) which is from eastern Australia. Male bowerbirds build elaborate structures and decorate them with flowers and other objects that attract attention from females during the mating season.
In the Rider-Waite tradition, this card often shows a wedding bower so how perfect is this choice of a bowerbird for the Four of Wands? Somebody was thinking, which is a good thing when creating card decks. I was remarking that I’ve never heard of a bowerbird and then I thought “Maybe I’ve never given my best?” which is a deeper reflection for today.
As well as the courtship or marriage aspect, and treating your spouse with your best attitude and effort, this is about doing the best job you can, really pulling it out and being the best version of yourself. There is a structural aspect too, leading me to think of structure in health issues, doing the basics like eating properly and drinking water, having that base.
I have so many ideas for finishing old quilt tops and decorating tea towels with fabric and painting a large abstract, but I haven’t felt well or energetic and this is a good reminder for me of a different way of structuring my life.
If your structure is good you can then decorate, it’s all part of the total ideal, the best you can bring to life.