The Four of Swords – Will you accept that retreat is the only option ?

four of swords tarot meaning

The Four of Swords
The Lord of Rest from Strife

The Four of Swords Tarot Card – Meaning in a Tarot reading :


The Four of Swords – Appearance

The Four of Swords card features a brick wall broken only by an inviting stained-glass window, the four swords form a cage and the suit of armour signifies withdrawal, solitude & inner reflection.

The Four of Swords Tarot Card – Interpretation

When The Four of Swords appears a time of retreat renewal and regeneration is indicated. A great deal of thought and reflection over recent events will be necessary, deep contemplation is necessary here in order for the previous lessons to be learnt. This card often appears when an individual is so exhausted that they fail to see that they are extremely anxious and are certainly overreacting. The Four of Swords is an antidote to life’s stresses and strains, only by retreat into solitude can the spirit be rebalanced. If the seeker is ready to accept that their thoughts and actions need reassessment then The Four of Swords offers a fast track to rebuilding their outlook. The Knight indicated on this card suggests that only by total acceptance that a period of contemplation and quiet is necessary, can the seeker hope to rejoin their quest refreshed. If the seeker refuses to withdraw and seek a period of relaxation then stress related illness or emotional exhaustion will almost certainly be the result. It is essential when this card is drawn to put the current situation into perspective, only by rebalancing the equilibrium can there be calm.

Alchemical Elements : Air

The Four of Swords Tarot Card – Correspondences
The power of Jupiter is balanced by Libra indicating stalemate.

My Relationship with Four of Swords

When The Four of Swords appears to me personally, I accept it wholeheartedly as an indicator that must take a break from my daily trials to recharge my energies. A relaxing holiday with an iPod and a bag full of relaxing inspirational reading is usually all it takes for me to regenerate. It should not be underestimated that The Four of Swords often appears to defuse a period of extreme emotional exhaustion. Distance from recent experience is usually the only way that I can process any mental turmoil, regroup and reappear revitalised with the past in perspective, ready to face my next challenge.  it should be noted that the most important message of The Four of Swords is that it is not enough to throw yourself into other distracting interests, the only solution is quietude and time spent alone to process your thoughts.

The Four of Swords – Will you accept that retreat is the only option?

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