“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
There are times when it is better to do nothing. The 4 of Swords showing up 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 break-up or just some R&R after a stressful time such as a house move etc.
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 is one that 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 – 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 (or whichever higher power you acknowledge), thank you for much needed rest and relaxation today. Help me rejuvenate and act only when I have clarity on how to move forward with integrity and in harmony with Higher Will. So mote it be! (Listen to prayer on Instagram)
Correspondences for the 4 of Swords
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Archangel: Sachiel (ruler of Jupiter) and Jophiel (angel of Libra)
Gemstone: Chiastolite, smokey quartz, sugilite
Scent: Helichrysum, clary sage and geranium
Deck used: Nefertari’s Tarot