Four of Swords

The card shows a figure lying in repose, hands clasped in prayer, three swords suspended above him and one sword lying below him.  In the upper corner is a stained glass window or a bright tapestry.

This is a card of rest and repose.  The three swords above him hearken back to the Three of Swords and its’ incredibly painful trauma.  He is taking a break from life and slowly healing.

Note that there is a definitely creepy feeling to this card.  He doesn’t look like someone having a nice nap, he looks like a corpse laid out in a tomb.  The sickly yellow tinge of the lower half of the card reinforces that impression. This isn’t just resting;  this is a deep withdrawal from normal life. The sword below him represents the next step, the strength he needs to regenerate in order to start over.  His folded hands and the stained glass window suggests the power of prayer in healing. On a more mundane level this may indicate that a person who has been physically ill is recovering.

Reversed: The period of rest is over and it’s time to get on with life.  Things are falling apart because this person isn’t taking care of business.  Laziness, a lack of motivation, or a masochistic dwelling on grief and pain.

EXAMPLES: A friend who has withdrawn from all social contact after a bad break up and sits in her house alone and crying and thinking.

A person who is quietly healing from deep hurt through intense prayer and meditation and wants to be left alone.

Author: Dan Adair

Artist, writer, semi-retired wizard, and the author of, "Just the Tarot," by Dan Adair

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