Four of Swords Tarot Card Meanings

Pamela Colman Smith, 1909

Four of Swords Keywords: Rest, Recovery, Retreat

Four of Swords Tarot Card Description

The figure of a man lies on a tomb in a church. His holds his hands together in prayer. Three swords hang on the wall above him and a fourth lies underneath him. A stained-glass window above the tomb depicts what appears to be a woman and child. The woman has a halo with the word PAX written in it.

What the Four of Swords Means In A Tarot Reading

This is a time when you need to rest and recover. You’ve been through a ‘war’ – a time of stress, difficulty, conflict, or illness and now you can’t go any further. You need to slow down and take it easy. It’s time to take a break.

This recovery time is usually short. You’ve still got the weapons you need to fight another day, but you’ve laid them aside for now.

You might use this time to gather your thoughts, to take stock of your situation, and to plan how to move forward. However, for many people, a Four of Swords period is a time for absolute inactivity. Nothing is done and no plans are made.

Occasionally a bout of illness might bring you into a Four of Swords period. You may need complete rest while you convalesce. If this is the case, then this rest and recovery is exactly what you need right now.

Four of Swords Love and Relationships Tarot Meaning

You need some time alone. It may be that you’ve just come out of a relationship that ended badly and you need time alone to recover. Take all the time you need to do this. Or perhaps you’re in a happy and loving relationship, but you just need some alone time right now to recharge your batteries. Even if you can’t physically remove yourself from the relationship to spend some time alone, try setting some time aside to take relaxing baths, to meditate, or to take long walks alone. You need this time to recharge and to regain perspective on all that’s been happening in your relationship.

If you’re single and have been looking for love, the Four of Swords is telling you to remember to look after yourself. Enjoy time spent alone. Organize your thoughts and feelings. Get to know yourself better and figure out what you truly want and need from a relationship. This time of self-care is what your heart needs right now.

Four of Swords Career Tarot Meaning

You need to take a break. Rest your mind, body, and spirit. Work has been taking its toll on you and if don’t slow down and rest you run the risk of making yourself ill. Perhaps you’re already feeling under the weather. Listen to your body and give it the time it needs to recover. You’ve been pushing hard and now you need to rest and relax.

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