Four of Swords


This card represents retirement and contemplation for a period of time.

Tarot Reading

A man is resting quietly beneath three hanging swords. There is another sword beside that man. He is ready to stand up and act. This card has a more peaceful and serene picture than the other Swords cards, which are usually in a state of passive immobility. Actually, this is not all inactivity, but the process of rest for accumulation of energy. This person has stopped working and is planning his next move. When he is ready, he will jump up and continue his unfinished business at any time. The main meaning of this card is to take a rest for better work.


When the Four of Swords appears, it usually means that the person is in a state of rest, or that he needs to slow down and take a break for a while before starting again. This is a card for “recharge”. It suggests that you should reflect and take note of the lessons learned while you are resting.

Four of Swords Upright Meaning

Core Meanings of the Card

Keywords: Rest, relaxation, pastime, time spent for relaxing and recreating, recreational activity, deregulation, meditation, contemplation, deep thought, gazing, silent gazing, recovery, restoration, restoring to former conditions, healing, redeeming, recuperation

Love & Marriage

Keywords: Need to take a break, to back off, to give in to the other side, to reflect

The two of you have regained peace after the fight, but it may just be the calm before the storm, and it’s time to think about the next step in the relationship.

Now it is not the time for a new relationship, but a time for you to spend with yourself and rest. When you have had enough rest, you will naturally find a new date.

You have thought a lot about this relationship, and often thought about the future of you two, but now there is still no answer or major decisions.

There is still a possibility of getting back together between you two, but it certainly won’t be now. Maybe it will take some time for both parties to think again before a final answer can come out.

Career & Education

Keywords: Taking a step backward to see the big picture, working efficiently, now it is not the time to make decisions, reflection

For now you have a respite from this job and can relax a little, but there are still many challenges ahead for you to tackle.

There are still many challenges ahead of this job, but you can have a rest during this time, and it depends on the next development whether you need to fight valiantly again.

The reason for your mediocre performance in your studies is that you neither have the will to fight nor study too hard on your own, and perhaps you need a little more rest to recover.

This is the time when you should concentrate on reflection and meditation. Don’t add too many new things, otherwise you may have indigestion, and on the contrary, adverse effects will occur.

Relationships & Wealth

Keywords: Learning to make temporary concessions in all matters, need to be more independent, stay away from the place where one is apt to get into trouble

Basically, you have very few friends, and even those who are very good friends don’t get in touch very often. You are used to being on your own and don’t feel bad about it.

At present, it’s best for you two to be isolated and think calmly about each other. If you are eager to solve the problem now, you may only make the relationship worse.

Your financial situation has come into a stable state, but there are still some detail adjustments to be made, and this is a good time to think about your next strategy.

Four of Swords Reversed Meaning

Core Meanings of the Card

Keywords: Exhaustion, devoting one’s entire energy and thought (to), contemplation, stagnation, fatigue, being exhausted, being dog-tired, burning the candle at both ends, at a standstill, depression, sluggishness

Love & Marriage

Keywords: You’re tired, quitting the addiction of social software, the marriage emptiness

Now, the relationship between you two is calm, but maybe a little cold. Now both of you do not want to start any conflict, so you will try to avoid arguments by all means.

It is unlikely that a new relationship will happen now, even if someone actively pursues you, you will not be interested. Perhaps you need to take the initiative to pursue it in order to find a new date.

Now the relationship is developing smoothly, and various problems are under effective control. You two are not passionate about your relationship, but there is no intense conflict between you either.

It is no longer possible for the two of you to get back together, but perhaps there are still some things that have not been said, and as long as everything is accounted for, the relationship will be completely over.

Career & Education

Keywords: You need to take a break, recharging yourself, quitting multimedia devices, thinking about all the things you need to do right away, there is more to lose by not acting.

There are a lot of potential crises in this job, and you should be careful to prevent all kinds of possible problems from happening. Although you may look laid back on the outside, you actually have to be on edge on the inside.

The future of this job is not clear yet, and there will be new transfer. On the surface, you seem to be doing nothing, but in fact, everything is under control.

You’ll want to take a rest from your studies, but it’s impossible to achieve your goals. At present, you are not performing well academically, and you haven’t exerted your full strength yet.

At this time, in addition to dealing with your current situation, it is more important that you find time to prepare before class. For this reason, the first thing that you need to overcome is your laziness.

Relationships & Wealth

Keywords: Reminding yourself and do not be impatient, everything should be thought carefully and conducted slowly, resting properly usually in a relatively short period of time and then putting into life, paying attention to reflect yourself, regaining the previous lost things

In fact, you do not have many friends, but each is a carefully selected close friend. Even if it has been a long time without contact, the feelings of each other will not change.

In fact, the other party does not want to start a war, but you often unconsciously make stimulation. You need to pay more attention to your own words and actions, and do not blame the problems on the other party.

There are still many things to deal with in your financial affairs, so when you put your plans into action in the future, you should cut down your expenses.

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