Four of Swords Tarot Card Meaning Explained

four of swords thothKeywords

  • Rest
  • Meditation
  • Withdrawal
  • Contemplation
  • Reflection




Meaning of the Four of Swords in a Reading

The Four in Tarot Readings is a number that symbolizes stability, structure, and security. The Suit of Swords, relating to the air element, talks about the mind and thoughts. Hence, in a nutshell, the Four of swords is all about mental stability and taking some time out for solid reflection.

This is a “quiet” card. The mind is still and contemplative. When we have many fours in a reading, particularly a Celtic Cross Spread, we are in a time of life where not much is changing. Although change will come soon after.

After the drama of the Three of Swords, we may now take time out to think about the best path forward. About how we want to deal with our love relationships in the future and how we want to communicate better. We will be more removed from socializing than usual. This is a peaceful time, even if we know there are changes that need to be made soon.

four of swordsSymbolism of the Four of Swords

In this card, we can see someone resting on a stone bed or a tomb. His eyes are closed with one sword beneath him and three above. He is clearly resting, showing the need for us to rest too. We should withdraw and take a break to reassess our priorities. Because the Suit of Swords symbolizes the mind, we know that this is a mental holiday for us.

The stained glass window above the man shows the need to pray or meditate, to develop a spiritual mindset for the changes that will have to be made soon. The three swords above him indicate that there are problems to be tackled once we have taken our time out, and the single sword below him show a single area of great focus at the moment.

Four of Swords in the Past

The Four of Swords in the Past Position of a 3 card tarot spread shows that we have recently taken some time out from society and socializing to rest and reflect. We may have been through a challenging breakup and needed time to process the difficult feelings that arose.

Four of Swords in the Present

The Four of Swords in the present position indicates that we are currently in a quiet phase of life. We may have recently had a painful divorce or some other trauma and need to now take a step back to refocus our priorities. This is the time to develop a strong meditation practice.

Four of Swords in the Future

The Four of Swords in the Future position talks about an upcoming period of rest and reflection, a time where we will have to withdraw and process our thoughts and emotions. Change will be upon us after we have taken a while to think about what we want. We may soon enjoy a new meditation routine or develop a spiritual practice that benefits us mentally.

four of swords reversedReversed Four of Swords

When we get the Four of Swords reversed, we need to seriously take some time out and reconsider our options. Our mind may be very busy at the moment and we could be resisting the need to withdraw and think about the path forward. Whether it’s our relationship or career we need to think about, or everything all at once, there is a need to take a step back.

If we don’t take this time, we could become mentally burnt out and frazzled, leading to anxiety or feeling very stuck.

Four of Swords Tarot One Card Meaning

When we get the Four of Swords in a One Card Tarot Reading, it is time to withdraw and take a mental break from it all. Go within and spend some time in meditation. Even better, find a spiritual practice that brings you mental peace and calm. This is not a time to engage in any mental battles either with yourself or others.

Four of Swords Yes/No Meaning

The Yes /No Reading is a great tarot reading to do when we need to think about which choices we have to make. Getting the Four of Swords facing up can indicate that our answer is “yes”. It is time for you to draw back, rest and contemplate the situation at hand, rather be silent than speak too quickly, as you need some time for yourself now, to think and reflect before you move ahead. Take rest, take a break and spend some time in silence.

If the Four of Swords is face down, your answer is no, this is not the time to keep quiet and withdraw, nor is this decision going to lead to peace and harmony. It may create confrontation, but that could be just what you need right now. Say your piece and don’t hold your tongue, you need to find the right words now.  

Summary of the Four of Swords

The Four of Swords is the most positive card out of the entire Swords suit. It talks about a period of mental quietness and reflection, of thinking about the path forward and preparing to make changes in our lives. We can develop a strong meditation practice, and perhaps even develop a line of communication to a Higher Power or our angels.  

Affirmations for the Four of Swords

“I will take the time I need to rest and reflect”

“There is no need for me to be out there socializing”

“I will think about where my most important priorities lie”

“Rest will give me an opportunity to refocus”

“Meditation and Prayer are the best tools to help me gain clarity”

Purple Garden Four of SwordsMore about the Four of Swords

Even if we are in a quiet place, it can be very helpful indeed to chat with someone about our way forward. The Advisors at Purple Garden and Fortunica are available 24/7 to help you get clarity.

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Article Info

Date: Apr 01, 2019
Amelie Rose Estrela is an experienced psychic and recently published, esteemed lead author for the Psychic Guild since 2003. She has written hundreds of articles for the website on a range of topics covered within the psychic niche, including Psychics & Mediums, Tarot & Angel Cards, Astrology & Horoscopes (the topic of her newly-released e-book), Love & Relationships, and Spells & Magic. You can find out more about Amelie on
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