Four of Swords Tarot Card: Respite and Recovery

The Four of Swords Tarot Card Urges You To Slow Down

When the Four of Swords appears in a tarot reading, it typically references one’s health, either spiritually, emotionally or physically. This is the card of recovery, whether you have just undergone a physical illness, a trying situation, or an emotional upheaval. Whenever it appears in a tarot spread, it encourages you to once again find the time to build your own inner resources. To allow this to happen, you need to ensure you give yourself the space to slow down. You may need to put up some boundaries with those who depend on you and withdraw from any conflicting situation you may be involved in.

The tarot card meaning of the Four of Swords often references the need to back out of any endeavors that may be placing too many demands on you. If you have been feeling any emotionally anxiety or stress, it’s vital that you address this now as it could lead to further problems down the road. Be aware, however, that in some tarot readings, a Four of Swords can indicate that your own stress levels or responsibilities will ultimately have an effect on your physical well-being. In a reversed position, the tarot meaning can refer to a literal hospitalization or an enforced situation that will give you the space to take the time to recover or convalescence.

Try not to worry when the Four of Swords tarot card appears in a tarot spread. More often than not, it is a clear indicator that things will be slowing down in your life and you will be afforded more time to address your inner challenges. This would not be the time to leap into action and tackle all of your challenges. You will definitely have the time for that! The Four of Swords is particularly unique because it is one of the only cards that give you the permission to take a vacation (both literally and symbolically). It is the card of respite and recovery, encouraging you to take care of yourself and get your feet back on the ground.

©2012 All Rights Reserved. Images of individual tarot cards are from the Aquatic Tarot Deck created by Andreas Schröter and are used with his permission. They are for example purposes only.


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