Four of Swords

Holistic Tarot card meanings and correspondences for 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

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!


Correspondences for the 4 of Swords

Planet: Jupiter

Zodiac Sign: Libra

Archangel: Sachiel (ruler of Jupiter) and Jophiel (angel of Libra)

Gemstone: Chiastolite, smokey quartz, sugilite

Scent: Helichrysum, clary sage and geranium


The 4 of Swords in Love and Relationship Readings

This 4 is not one to want to risk upsetting the apple-cart. Harmony and peaceful relations is to priority under the auspice of this card.

On a practical level 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. Either way, you could do with some down time.

It could be a good idea to give each other lots of space when this card shows up. However, 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.

For a single person, this card usually indicates that efforts to reach out and establish rapport with the object of one’s desire is not likely to pay off. It’s a ‘disconnect’ unless you are already in a relationship with someone and even then it usually means that there is not much communication about things that aren’t absolutely necessary.

Abstinence and impotence (possibly due to disease) rather than intimacy is indicated with this card. This card could also indicate a platonic love relationship.