Four of Swords
The Basic Meaning of the Four of Swords (Rider-Waite)
The Four of Swords symbolizes the need for rest, recovery, and introspection. The card shows a knight lying down with three swords hanging above him and a fourth sword beneath him. This suggests a time to retreat and reflect on one’s life and feelings.
When the Four of Swords is upright, it indicates that you need to take a break from stress and activity to reflect and recover. It may be a time for meditation, reflecting on your goals and priorities, or simply for rest and recovery from physical and mental exertion.
When the Four of Swords is reversed, it may mean that you are having difficulty giving yourself the rest and recovery that you need. It may be a signal that you are overburdened or exhausted and that you need to take time to recover and reflect on your priorities. Reversed, the card can also indicate that it is time to return to action after a period of rest and reflection.
Example Reading Interpretation
If the Four of Swords comes up in a reading about your work life, it may be a reminder that you need to give yourself time to rest and recover from stress and exhaustion. The card may urge you to take a vacation, lighten your workload, or focus on self-care to ensure that you don’t burn yourself out. By taking care of yourself and giving yourself time to reflect on your priorities, you can come back to work with renewed energy and focus.