Four of Swords
My self-study of Tarot continues with the Four of Swords. Or, as I just heard, “at rest.”
Quiet; restful; sleep; “actualized death”; meditative state; astral travel; “come home.”
Crypt, stained glass window, swords.
It’s the single sword along the side of that crypt that feels significant. I feel a sense of purpose and purposefulness; intention. I feel choices made and kept. There’s something empowering about this sword and card.
Gray, white, sepia, black, red, yellow, orange, blue, silver.
It’s the “sepia” of the figure on the crypt and the side of the crypt with that single sword that “warms” my intuition. I’m tracing a line to the solar plexus chakra, the seat of our personal power. Once more, feeling some empowerment here.
What the Guide Says About the Four of Swords
“The effigy of a Knight in the attitude of prayer, at full length upon his tomb.
“Divinatory Meanings: Vigilance, retreat, solitude, hermit’s repose, exile, tomb and coffin. Reversed: Wise administration, circumspection, economy, avarice, precaution, testament.”
Circumspection: the quality of being wary and unwilling to take risks; prudence.
Avarice: extreme greed for wealth or material gain.
Another word comes to mind in place of circumspection: “guarded.” It’s an interesting take on the energy of this card, and it comes with an interesting phrase: “On my terms.”
What We Say About the Four of Swords
A person who has rescinded life.
A person of a deeply spiritual bearing rests as though in sleep and yet travels upon an astral mission.
Alchemy of meditation overtakes a person to some extreme.
The passage of someone significant to their soul home.
Creation of a great death.
“Creation of a great death” is an interesting way to put what I’m understanding is suicide or “a suicide mission.”
I’ve drawn this card many times in readings, and this is the first time that astral travel has come up in association with it, starting with my first impressions. The fact that my guides brought it forward, too, seems to accentuate that esoteric interpretation. Fascinating.
“Took matters into their own hands,” meaning a suicide.
As much as this card could mean something distressing, I mostly feel a peaceful reverence here; “cool comfort.”
I Might Ask a Client…
“Have you noticed an amplified need for rest, whether in terms of sleep or meditation?”
“Who in your life has committed – or may be contemplating – suicide?”
What comes up for you around this card?