How Do You Read the Four of Swords Tarot Card?

Recovery. Reward. Preparation. Passivity. Contemplation.

The Four of Swords card in a Tarot reading is a card of rest and recuperation.

You’ve just fought through the heartache of the Three of Swords card, and are facing the “battle card” of the Five of Swords card. Now is the time to rest, and prepare for what’s to come.

You need to take a break from the action and try to find some peace now — before launching into the next challenge.

When the Four of Swords appears in a Tarot reading, it’s a sign that you should take some quiet time to yourself to meditate on the situation before rushing to a decision.

Taking a step away from the action and listening to your inner voice may help you to gain a better perspective on what’s going on, and what your next steps should be.

The Four of Swords can also indicate that you have been ill or are getting worn down. You need to give your body time to heal and recuperate.

Slow down and conserve your energy.

In some cases, the Four of Swords in Tarot can also indicate that you’re receiving recognition or reward for the hard work you’ve put in.

Just as effigies were created for royals and warriors, you’re now receiving your much-deserved “retirement” after putting in dedicated service.

How to Read The Four of Swords Tarot Card Reversed

Lack of recognition. Exhaustion. Burnout. The rest period is over.

When the Four of Swords appears in a Tarot reading in the reversed position, it’s a dire warning that there is a severe need to take time out to rest.

If you keep pushing, you’ll suffer exhaustion and burnout and could even feel the effects in your health.

Sometimes the reversed Four of Swords points to the need for recuperation, but that you don’t have the ability to do so. There may be circumstances that are preventing you from taking the time to rest and recover.

The Four of Swords reversed can also point to frustration over a lack of action or progress. You want to make headway on a project or difficult situation, but nothing’s happening.

The reversed Four of Swords Tarot card may indicate that you’re not receiving recognition for your work — perhaps unfarily, or perhaps because you haven’t quite earned it yet.

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