Four of Swords
WIth Mercury and Jupiter in hard aspect today, you may be looking for ways to quiet the thoughts and ideas that are racing through your mind.
The Four of Swords refers to the period of silence, stillness and recuperation that is so necessary when chaos and turbulence surround you.
While you may feel pulled in several different directions, you’d be best served to stay calm and carry on, rather than let yourself fall out of balance.
The Four of Swords encourages you to ponder, reflect and meditate rather than “act.” It speaks of detaching from the whirlwind of activity around you and choosing to observe rather than participate.
You might also be thinking of getting away from it all. You could be feeling the strains of mundane chores and responsibilities; or maybe you just long to escape from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life.
The main theme in this version of the card — from the gorgeous Tarot of the Magical Forest — is on rest and recuperation. The little cat lays perfectly still on a marble slab in what looks like a church or mausoleum.
The room is dark and dreary, save for the muted colors of the sun seeping through the stained glass window. Three Swords are lined above him, with the fourth one mounted below.
The Four of Swords encourages you to disengage from all the noise and distractions around you and to find your strength through recovery. It could be as simple as getting away for a few days to relax and recharge your batteries. And it could be as profound as going on a life-altering pilgrimage or spiritual retreat.
If you can get away then by all means do it! But if you can’t there are other ways to restore your sanity. Meditation, breathwork, self-imposed silence, etc. — any one of these can help you to de-stress and restore your equilibrium.