In contrast to the shaded spring of card III, IV sits in a shining and arid landscape under the “wandering sun.” The motifs on his clothing and table refer to the Sun (see XIX. Sprout and the Bean), and this solar energy comes with both clarity and austerity.
The number four signifies stability and foundations, as in the four cardinal directions, the four classical elements, or the four legs of a table. IV is the card of law and order. As it is written in her book, so it goes in the world. The eight-spoked wheel of her glowing scepter references the wheel of XIV. No Provenance. Her cloak has a four-colored rainbow, and the heptagram on her boot is a reminder of the Chaldean order of the planets, from which we derive the days of the week. She is crowned with a laurel wreath of victory, and like her dogs she is at ease but ready to fight if the need arises.
This card walks the line between confidence and arrogance. The question to work out is whether her strength is protection, or domination.