What does the four of swords tarot card mean?

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The four of swords is part of the Minor Arcana deck of tarot cards and is part of the Swords suit.

Keywords: Contemplation, meditation, relaxation


The Three of Swords depicts a particularly harrowing time in your life and the Four of Swords indicates that this time is over and you are now in a period of recovery and relaxation. This is the time to give yourself the opportunity to rest and recuperate and rebuild your strength.

The challenging time in the past took a lot out of you, and it’s time to get back to your former self, or indeed a newer, improved you. Give yourself time and space to practice some self-care.

Solitude is also important at this time; you need to be able to calm your mind and contemplate what is next for you and your life.

Reverse Keywords: Restlessness, frustration, sickness, burnout

Reverse Meaning

In reverse, the Three of Swords suggests that you are feeling restless and are desperate for action, despite needing rest and relaxation. Though your mind and body are craving stillness and calm, you may be feeling bored and wanting to do many things at once. This is dangerous, as pushing yourself at this time may lead to burnout or even cause you to get sick. It’s important to listen to your body and give it what it needs. You may be trying to keep busy so that you can avoid thinking about something, but burying your feelings will only cause them to resurface later. You should embrace your feelings and face them head on. It may hurt, but you will get through this pain and once you have dealt with your feelings, you will be able to move on.

Other Minor Arcana Cards (in the Swords suit)