Four of Swords Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
Air, analytical thought and intellect. Suit of challenges.
Keywords and Phrases:
Rest and recovery, withdrawal, consolidation.
Four of Swords Tarot Card Meanings
The knight in the image of the Gilded Tarot has removed his armour and lays to rest, the three swords on the wall beside him symbolise the battles he has already fought, but the fourth sword is close to hand, in readiness for the journey ahead once he has regained and gathered strength.
The Four of Swords indicates rest and recovery after strain, which I generally tend to see in a positive light, suggesting that you’ve come through the worst after struggle or a stressful situation and are now entering a period of recovery. In general, it’s time to regroup, pull energy together, and rejuvenate.
In relationship readings it may suggest the need for ‘time-out,’ or a period of withdrawal to find retreat. In business or financial matters it can indicate the need to gather together resources and consolidate your position to make it stronger.
If reversed or ill-dignified, resuming activities usually following delays.
Similar or supporting cards: Six of Swords (moving into calmer times) The Hermit (solitude) The Star and Temperance (healing aspect) Strength (pulling on inner strength)
Opposing or contradictory cards: Three of Cups (party time!) The Sun (happiness and vitality) Eight of Wands (swift movement, enthusiasm)
Four of Swords Tarot Card Combinations:
The Star > Four of Swords: healing and convalescence, also…
Temperance > Hierophant > Four of Swords: may indicate a hospital stay to recover and heal.
The Devil > Four of Swords > Eight of Swords: Confinement, sometimes prison, particularly if Justice (legal system) or King of Swords, (government officials, men in uniform) are also included.
> Four of Pentacles: consolidating finances or material concerns, replenishing stock and exercising caution with what you have (also if these cards preceded by the Five of Pentacles).
> Three of Swords > Four of Swords: Time out, period of withdrawal after a conflicting situation.
> Four of Cups > The Hermit: feeling out of sorts and withdrawal, wrapped up in your own world, isolated retreat inward and the need for solitude.
> Five of Cups > Four of Swords: retreating to lick wounds and recover.
> Ace of Swords: recovery to advance in a stronger position.
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