There are times when it is better to do nothing. The 4 of Swords indicates that this might be one of those times. There could be any number of reasons why you need to press ‘Pause.’ For instance, you could be in need of physical recuperation after illness, emotional healing after a bad breakup or just some R&R after a stressful time such as a house move etc.
Traditional Interpretations of the 4 of Swords
- Rest and recovery: The Four of Swords often signifies a period of rest and recuperation. It advises you to take a break from your busy life or any conflicts you may be facing. It is a card of healing and self-care, urging you to prioritise your well-being.
- Reflection and introspection: This card suggests the need for introspection and self-reflection. It encourages you to take time to analyse your thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Use this opportunity to gain clarity and insight into your situation.
- Meditation and mindfulness: The Four of Swords invites you to explore meditation or other mindfulness practices. It indicates that finding inner peace and tranquillity can help you find answers and balance in your life.
- Withdrawal or retreat: In some cases, this card can suggest a need to withdraw or temporarily remove yourself from a situation. It may symbolise the importance of creating boundaries or finding a safe space where you can recharge and regroup.
Feeling into the Energy of the 4 of Swords
“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”
― T.S. Eliot
Catch Up with Your Soul First
Essentially, the 4 of Swords is telling you that if you move ahead in any direction right now, you are in danger of leaving your soul behind. The choices you make and the actions you take would be tainted by a lack of focus and alignment. Better, then, to wait and allow for the process of healing and rejuvenation to take place first.
The only activity that is encouraged under the auspice of the 4 of Swords augments healing, such as meditation, listening to uplifting music or reading literature that helps you feel well in yourself. Or, if this is about a relationship (not just of the romantic kind), it could indicate a need to seek a peaceful resolution which will allow for harmony to be restored. This resolution may not be immediately apparent to you. So meditate on it and make sure you are heart-centred before you speak.
“To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.”
― Jiddu Krishnamurti
Affirmation: “I enter into the silence to allow my soul to catch up.”
4 of Swords Prayer
Dear Mother-Father God, thank you for much-needed rest today. Help me rejuvenate and act only when I have clarity on how to move forward with integrity and in harmony with Higher Will. Amen and so it is!
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Archangel: Raphael, ruler of the Element of Air
Gemstones: Chiastolite, smokey quartz, sugilite
Essential oils: Helichrysum, clary sage and geranium
The 4 of Swords in Love & Relationship Readings
This 4 is not one to want to risk upsetting the apple cart. Conflict avoidance could be an issue. Sometimes, avoiding conflict pays off short term. Long term, it usually leads to separation as there can be no growth without facing relationship issues.
If you are coupled, it may mean that you are both tired from working too much and in need of a break. Or one of you could be recovering from illness.
The 4 of Swords in romance suggests a need for rest and recuperation in your love life. It indicates that taking a break and prioritising self-care is essential for the health of your relationship.
If you are in a committed relationship, this card advises you to focus on finding harmony and peace within your partnership. It may be a time to take a step back from conflicts or intense emotional discussions and instead create an atmosphere of relaxation and understanding. Use this period to recharge and reconnect with your partner on a deeper level.
For singles, the 4 of Swords indicates that pushing for romantic connections or pursuing a new relationship may not be fruitful at the moment. It advises you to take a pause and reflect on your own needs and desires. Use this time to focus on self-improvement, self-love, and developing a stronger connection with yourself. By doing so, you will be better equipped to attract a healthy and harmonious relationship in the future.
Remember, this card emphasizes the importance of balance and inner peace in matters of the heart. Take the time to nurture your well-being and prioritise your emotional healing before pursuing romantic endeavours.