Four of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Four of Swords

The Four of Swords represents a period of rest, retreat, or a pause in activity. The world, represented by the stained-glass window, is neatly contained in the background and the focus is on the figure in the foreground.

The card isn’t specific about the meaning or purpose of the pause, so look for clues in other cards or the question you brought to the card.

If you’ve been overworking, maybe it’s time for you to retreat from the world to relax and rejuvenate.

If you are confused about a drop in sales, it may just be a lull due to the season or factors beyond your control.

Whatever your situation, the invitation with the Four of Swords is that a pause or retreat is appropriate right now.

If you are just starting a new project and feel like doing anything but pausing, this card may be encouraging you to seek isolation in order to focus on your creative process, or reminding you that even during very active times, you need to have balance and self-care to optimize your productivity.

This card is very orderly and peaceful, with everything in a tidy box. What is your relationship with order right now? Could spending some time getting things organized give you a sense of peace? Or is your life so structured that you feel overwhelmed or stagnant? Reflect on what a healthy balance between rest and activity, or between structure and freedom, would look like for you.

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