Four of Swords Tarot Meaning

Four of Swords Tarot Guide

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Four of Swords Tarot Guide

This post is intended to be a mini Four of Swords Tarot Guide. It is important to mention that the longer you work with the cards the more you will discover how they speak to you. For example, the Four of Swords does have a theme and traditional meaning but I recommend leaving “space” for the card to speak to you. Over time, you may discover that the card represents unique insights or themes for you personally.

Suit of Swords Summary

Four of Swords Tarot Guide

Numerology of the #4 – Themes

  • Number 4 energy resonates with the vibrations of practicality, organization, pragmatism, patriotism, dignity, trust, worthiness, endurance, loyalty, mastery, building solid foundations, conservatism, determination, production, and hard work.  
  • It also relates to morals, traditional values, honesty and integrity, inner wisdom, security, self-control, loyalty, conscientiousness, reality and realistic values, stability, and ability. 

Four of Swords Tarot – Upright Meaning 

  • The Four of Swords upright represents foundation, stability, and manifestation. Querent may have balanced and logical thinking or ideas.
  • It is time to back off, retreat, and turn inward through meditation. A time to rest between two significant events. One implication is that the individual recently went through a significant event in their life. The other implication is that there is a significant event on the horizon. The significant events in question are related to the mind, understanding, learning, and emotional detachment. 
  • Might be an opportunity for a truce between parties or stepping away from a tough project or situation. Take a break, and restore your energy before jumping back in
  • Time to let go of old ways of thinking as they are no longer useful. There is a need for a new mental framework and unique ideas. 
  • It may be a time for rest with a plan for action at a later time. Now that things are calm, new inspiration sparks you in new and interesting ways. Trust what you know and not what is in front of you.

Shadow Side of the Four of Swords

  • The querent has battled hard, is wounded, and needs time to rest but they are not able to get the rest that they desperately need.  The Four of Swords can also indicate an illness or extreme exhaustion and, again, the querent is not able to get the rest they need for healing. They have to keep going.
  • This card can also mean the querent has completed their time of rest after a tough situation and it is time to go back out there. 
  • Four of Swords reversed also suggests there is a need for spiritual faith and trusting the universe. It is through this that the querent will find their way through
  • The personal beliefs or stories that we hold on to may not be serving us any longer. Challenge your beliefs, especially the ones that keep you comfortable. It is important to evolve our understandings and perspectives as we move through life. What beliefs should you hold on to and which might need to shift?

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