The Four of Swords in the Tarot signifies rest, contemplation and silent preparation. All the sword cards represent some form of trial and challenge, and the Four of Swords is no different. It's a challenge to sit still.
The meaning of the card Four of Swords upright
When the Four of Swords is standing in a Tarot reading, it means that you may need to slow down. This is the time to take a break. For people who are always on the move, strenuous activity becomes a habit that is not easy to break. Receiving the Four of Swords card is the ultimate challenge to do nothing! With today's stressful working environments and busy lifestyles, you may have forgotten to stop and be still. This card is a reminder to pause and contemplate. This is the time to think things through, to put things back into their proper perspective. You need time for quiet preparation, time to focus your energy and time to gather your strength. This is how you can bring out the best in yourself. This is the time to recognize the benefits of rest and contemplation. You may be completely healthy, but you still need a break.
The Meaning of the Four of Swords card reversed
When the Four of Swords is reversed in a Tarot reading, it can mean that you are finally finding the strength to get through (or out of) something. It can also indicate that you are ready to deal with stress, anxiety and other things that worry you. It could also mean taking care of yourself after a long time without doing so.
The meaning of the Four of Swords card in love
The Four of Swords in a Tarot love reading is an indication that you are ready to connect or reconnect. If you're single, this means you may want to take some time to find out exactly what you want in a partner before welcoming someone new into your life. If you're in a relationship, you're entering a period of tranquillity with your partner.
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