Symbolically number 4 represents the cross and quadrant. It points to something strong,
perceptible and material that we can recognize on our own. Since it is related to the cross, number 4 signifies integrity and plentifulness.
There are four basic elements (water, earth, wind and fire), four phases of the Moon, four seasons, and four directions (north, south, east and west). According to the theory of Pythagoras (582 – 500BC), a Greek philosopher and mathematician, number 4 symbolizes a decade that is the sum of the first four cardinal numbers (1+2+3+4=10). In the last book of the New Testament, number 4 symbolizes four riders of the Apocalypse (war, civil strife, hunger and death). Tetrad, a cardinal number representing the sum of 1 and 3, is seen as the symbol of the unified world.
People with number 4 are active, hard-working, systematic, diligent, careful, objective, firm, introverted, serious, inflexible, patient, reserved, thoughtful, sensible, analytic, calm, orderly and loyal. Contrary to this, people with number 4 are known to be melancholic, rigid, unscrupulous, stern, unfriendly, masochistic, distrustful, aggressive, revengeful and irritating.
The number of order in the universe is 4—the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water; the four seasons; the four points of the compass; the four phases of the Moon (new, half-moon waxing, full, half-moon waning). The Four Noble Truths epitomize Buddhism. To the Pythagorean’s 4 was the source of the tetractys 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = 10, the most perfect number. In medieval times there were thought to be four humours (phlegm, blood, choler, and black bile—hence the adjectives phlegmatic, sanguine, choleric, and melancholic), and the body was bled at various places to bring these humours into balance.
The number 4 is central in the world view of the Sioux, with four groups of gods (superior, ally, subordinate, and spirit), four types of animal (creeping, flying, four-legged, and two-legged), and four ages of humans (infant, child, mature, and elderly). Their medicine men instructed them to carry out all activities in groups of four.
Because 4 is generally a practical, material number, few superstitions are associated with it. An exception is in China, where 4 is unlucky because she (“four”) and shi (“death”) sound similar. In the biblical Revelation to John the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse wreak destruction upon humanity.
Number 4 is the number of stability, order and completion of justice
Number 4is the number of the earth and mankind.
Number 4 is the number of the square.
Number 4 symbolizes building a strong foundation.
There are four cardinal points:
North – South – East – West
There are four winds.
There are four phases of the moon.
There are four seasons.
In the West we have four elements: earth – air – fire – water.
Number 4 – A Perfect Number
The Pythagoreans believed the number four, the Tetrad, was a perfect number.
They taught that the Tetrad symbolized God.
In Pythagorean philosophy there are four parts to the soul: mind – opinion – science – sense
The Four-Leaf Clover
The four-leaf clover is believed to bring luck to the finder, especially if it is found unexpectedly.
Each of the four leaves symbolizes something special: hope – faith – love – Luck
Opening the point of support to a place of foundation, equanimity and force in a balanced state
Astrology and the Tarot
Cancer is the fourth astrological sign. June 22 – July 22 . Number four is the number of Mars.
Number four is lucky for Leo and Scorpio.
In the Tarot the number four is the card of the Emperor.
The Emperor represents material goods and worldly authority.
Reversed it means immaturity.
The number Four (4) represents structure and is the basis of foundation, solidity of form and function and endurance or permanence. Four indicates change (as in the four seasons), versatility (as in the four elements) and a nice solid equi-sided base upon which to build from those changes a versatile nature of enduring qualities. This is the energy that can endure as pressure is put upon it internally and externally.
The planetary energy of Uranus is the planet associated with the number Four. Prior to inclusion of the 3 outer planets, the Sun served double duty for the numbers 1 and 4. Its quality is that of pure energy and catalytic stream that pulses life into everything it encounters. This energy serves to bring to light the varied ways that structure may be created as it draws to itself magnetically (similar to the energy of the Sun) everything that will bolster a structure that will support in a stimulating way.
Astrology: The House of Family
The Fourth House is concerned with those you call family. These are your biological family as well as those who you may consider to be your family of nurturance. This is the energy of the home life and those who are supportive. The ruling astrological sign is that of Cancer. Cancer is the quintessential representation of desire for a loving and supportive home. Its natural energy is one of comfort and creation of a home that is both sanctuary and place of caring community. When we are blessed with this type of support it becomes the foundation that enables us to reach out to others from a place of understanding and love.
Tarot: The Emperor
Tarot Key IV – The Emperor sits as merciful authority and king needing nothing but his own Divine wisdom to guide his actions. This energy gives insight into the discipline required to sit as master of one’s own destiny. All actions taken are reflected back to the Emperor and his final authority determines the force and quality of what that final seed of potential will become as it is transformed by merciful action.
Kabbalah: Chesed- Mercy
Chased is the Fourth Sphere. Within its energy is the ability to see thee bigger picture and make informed judgment based upon that vision. This is the action of Mercy when it relies upon a broader perspective from which to draw its conclusions.
Everything depends upon this precarious balance of equi-lateral view that hangs on the tip of the blade that will determine its final outcome. The essence of the fourth sphere of Chesed is one of achieving a state of balance through compassion, mercy and right action.
The Four pushes and strains expanding and seeking the sweet product of change as the orderly disruption breaks through as Five………
Don’t forget to write these numbers down in your journal. Formulate your own conclusions based upon what you know so far. Remember to intuit your way through these numbers. You will refer back to them.
The 4 is without a doubt masculine, reflecting strength and stability. His chief characteristics are dependability, productivity, punctuality and obedience. He is trustworthy, patient, conventional and a traditionalist. He is a bit boring and not much of a social person, preferring to toil in quiet obscurity. He works steadily and can be very persistent. He finds great satisfaction in his accomplishments and favors results over financial reward or public recognition. He is humble, dresses conservatively and blends in with his surroundings.
He is average in looks, physically healthy and strong, neat and clean … but unremarkable. He does not like to draw attention to himself, but will fight you tooth and nail if you try to muscle in on his territory. He believes in effort and control, and is certainly goal-oriented, but his goals are simple and down to earth. He is not a visionary, but notices every detail. He is capable, has an excellent memory and doesn’t cut corners. He is the perfect employee, but doesn’t tend to do well in social environments.
If you look at the shape of the number 4, you will see that the hard angles are a proper symbolic representation of this rather straight-edged workaholic, who is neither creative nor artistic, but is good at working with his hands. Many craftsmen and skilled laborers have the 4 prominently in their charts. He is a good provider, but demands discipline and loyalty, and in some cases takes discipline too far. He can’t handle chaos and is prone to panic attacks if it appears he might not have things fully under control.
The 4’s imagination is not well developed, and his views are usually narrow-minded and conventional. The 4 tends to be religious without questioning established doctrine, preferring to parrot the beliefs of his peers, feeling safe and secure in the predictable, unchanging nature of a tight discipline. More than any other number except perhaps the 7, 4 are found in the charts of monks, priests and other religious leaders. Many also become excellent managers and organizers, and it is not at all uncommon to find a 4 in the upper echelons of business and government. The 4 will work hard and can be driven to reach the top of his profession, but in striving to reach the top he usually finds that his greatest obstacle is himself: his lack of social skills, his inability to relate to the mundane issues of his co-workers and his lack of intuition.
The 4 doesn’t like to make waves, but values his moral convictions and will not back down when convinced that he is doing “the right thing.” However, he can also be intolerant and, when faced with people from other cultures, countries or races, his insecurity can turn him into a cruel bigot. Many 4 choose a career in the military, where their obedient, disciplined nature is right at home. They especially thrive when they are assigned duties that include administrative and organizational work.
As with any number, there are some contradicting traits within the 4. For instance, while he is not particularly social or fun-loving, the 4 sometimes reveals an entertainingly dry sense of humor. Further, although he is a strict and disciplined parent, the 4 is also extremely devoted and will walk through fire to get his kids what they need.
Description of the 4 is, not surprisingly, almost the exact opposite of my description of the 3. This is to be expected, as every number is, in important ways, a counterpoint to the one that directly precedes it. The 2 is the polar opposite of the 1, the 3 displays traits that are directly opposed to those of the 2, and so forth. And of course the differences between the 5 and the 4 are like night and day!
Positive Characteristics: 4 are disciplined, strong, stable, pragmatic, down-to-earth, reliable, dependable, hard-working, extracting, precise, methodical, conscientious, frugal, devoted, patriotic and trustworthy!
Negative Characteristics: 4 pay for their stability and pragmatism by tending toward the boring side. This may express itself with a lack of imagination, emotions, empathy. 4 may not bother to put much care into their appearance, and their social awkwardness can make them seem vulgar, crude or jealous.
Associated in Astrology with: Aries
Associated in Tarot with: The Emperor
Life Lesson Number 4: This is the builder and organizer. Fours are hardworking and practical, and determined to erect a solid foundation for the future. Discipline is natural, and four’s tending to be conservative and reliable. This is also a very physical number, and material security is high on the list of priorities. Four’s tending to be good with money, as they are careful spenders and planners. There is a tendency to be overly conservative, serious or close-minded; a challenge for four’s is to learn how to balance careful planning with living for today. Four’s come to learn how persistence eventually pays off. They tend to work hard when younger, but then reap great rewards for their efforts later in life. Fours are natural managers, as they have an innate ability to keep the big picture in focus and work toward long-term goals.