The Four of Wands: The Chuppah and the Sukkah

I have been unable to find reference to a Jewish themed tarot deck except for an unpublished deck, which I found online years ago. For his degree in Design and Illustration from Tel Aviv University, Leon Jacobowitz Efron created a deck which he describes as drawing “its symbolism and correlations from Jewish traditions and Kabbalah rather than from Golden Dawn, Hermetic or Christian Qabbala, as is the standard nowadays.” He included the major arcana cards along with extensive interpretations on his website, which is now under reconstruction: http://pws.prserv.net/leon/.

The one card in the Rider-Waite deck that always reminds me of my Jewish roots is the Four of Wands.

Four of Wands

It evokes the chuppah, the Jewish wedding canopy, which symbolizes the home the couple will build. It also evokes the sukkah, the canopy of loosely woven branches with hanging fruits and vegetables, which is a part of Sukkot, the Jewish holiday in celebration of the harvest.

The Four of Wands does, in part, symbolize celebration and rejoicing in the fruits of one’s labors. It can also symbolize the completion and success of a project or a home life that breaks from tradition and cultivates creativity.

There are some great folktales from the Jewish occult that go nicely with some of the cards, and I plan to share a few here, so stay tuned!

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llustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

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One Response to “The Four of Wands: The Chuppah and the Sukkah”

  1. Carly Says:

    Susan — that never occurred to me. What a great association! Thanks for sharing this.

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