Four of SwordsRespite

This card depicts a statue of a praying medieval knight. He lies at full length on his grave under the traditional church stained glass window. In some decks, we can see not a statue but a real living man in knightly armor, who lies on the tombstone with his eyes closed and his hands folded on his chest.

In the chapel, on the tombstone, lies a living man in knightly armor with his eyes closed and his hands folded on his chest. The man is surrounded by the four swords. One sword is engraved on the side of the knight’s tomb and three others hang on the wall.

The card symbolizes a person who decided to retire from the world. He surrendered, abandoned his feelings, “buried himself alive” but he is still alive, and his brain is full of thoughts, so his idea is doomed to failure. Do not fence off the world, advises this card, it is better to get up and go outside, to the people who are waiting for you. Although we can feel more secure within the usual system of views, nevertheless, if we open ourselves to higher spiritual leadership, we can go beyond our daily problems and conflicts.

Explanation: The Four of Swords indicates that the chaos that was present at the Three of Swords is eliminated. This card calms and inclines to self-contemplation. When you pull it out, you are invited to explore all the contradictory elements that need to be addressed to your inner self. Perhaps you need some kind of treatment. Another explanation of the Four of Swords is that you have departed from the higher powers and are in need of spiritual renewal – prayer or meditation will open your mind and heart to spiritual enlightenment.

Main meanings: A need for rest, recreation, recuperation and recovery from emotional or physical problems.  Take time out in order to reflect, meditate and refresh yourself.  You may feel a need to spend time alone. Put some thought into improving your lifestyle in regard to health. Recharge your batteries, take a break.

The meaning of the inverted card: You are active again – continue with caution and use your discernment.

The Four of Swords is a card of stagnation, interrupted activity and forced rest. In this sense, it resembles the card of the Hanged Man, the difference from it is that it is connected with concrete events: the obstacles or difficulties indicated by the Four are usually simple and understandable, and overcoming them does not require us to overturn all life’s foundations. This position is akin to a disease, which also constitutes one of the meanings of the card. We are forced to interrupt our activities, to take a pause. Whether we suffer or try to use this pause to deal with ourselves, depends only on us. At the same time, it is clear that we can use a pause to work on ourselves, but it would hardly be possible to arrange it on our own free will.

What does this card tell about different aspects of your live


Business can not move from the dead point, because our forces have run out. There is no sense to continue further because the “resistance of the material” and our weakness can in total lead us to a complete collapse. In such situations, we need peace, rest, pause, and maybe indeed a doctor’s help or a consultation with a psychotherapist. Only when we regain our strength, we can again take up the task that seemed so hopeless and then we will be surprised to find that the solution is much easier and closer than we used to think.


It is likely that we have given our intellect too much strain, and now it can not connect even the two most simple thoughts. We stumble over the obstacles through which we would have been transported with ease before, and do not see the way forward. If we ignore the warning of the card and still try to continue to work painfully, it can throw us into the abyss of despair. Instead, we need to finally make the necessary pause and give ourselves to the joys of life. We just need to forget about our problems for a while.

Personal Relationships

Here, this card stands for isolation. Either we feel abandoned, excluded from the list of participants in the Great Loving Games, or we feel lonely or exhausted in alliance with the former partner. Then the Four of Swords warns that we risk losing either ourselves or a partner. We need to urgently give ourselves a rest.