The Four of Swords Tarot Card and the Art of Doing Nothing

The Four of Swords Tarot Card and the Art of Doing Nothing
 The Four of Swords And The Practice of Stillness

In tarot readings, the Four of Swords often appears after there has been period of upheaval or distress in one’s personal life. It is a card that reflects the need to slow down and recharge. In many cases, the Four of Swords tarot card can indicate recovery and/or healing and is always a positive card in its upright position. This is particularly true  in the case of health readings.

On another level, the Four of Swords can be an invitation to go within. Meditation and contemplation about one’s life, relationships and sense of purpose always proves to be useful. This is the time to let go of external events or situations and focus on oneself. However, this is not always easy. Many of us tend to get caught up in our everyday lives and fail to recognize when it’s time to simply “lay down our swords” and take a moment to evaluate where we are spiritually, mentally, emotionally and psychologically.

One thing is for sure. The Four of Swords Tarot Card is the card of inactivity and can serve as a warning to not act impulsively. In fact, the Four of Swords often indicates a time to simply do nothing. When it appears in a tarot reading, it usually is a sign  to avoid making any significant changes or decisions in the immediate future. .

You would be surprised how many people struggle with this concept. For most of us there is always a strong inclination to modify or change one’s circumstances or relationships. Everyone wants their life to flow smoothly and without struggle. The idea of doing nothing can provoke a great deal of anxiety as most people assume that action equals change and doing nothing will only further exacerbate one's circumstances.

In its essence, the Four of Swords tarot card is a spiritual card as it encourages one to practice stillness. The goal is to take the time to tune into one's self so that one can learn how to identify their own truth. It’s from this source that balance and harmony have the opportunity to manifest in one’s life. The best changes are the ones that begin within. These inner shifts or transformations will ultimately affect one’s external circumstances or situations.

Traditionally, a reversed Four of Swords can indicate the need to get back into action and show up for your own life. However, there is still the need to not act rashly. A Four of Swords in a reversed position can be a warning. It is more about the need to take responsibility for your own life. A reversed Four of Swords can be a great opportunity as it generally urges you to become accountable for your actions and behaviors.

©2011 All Rights Reserved. Images of individual tarot cards are from the Aquatic Tarot Deck created by Andreas Schröter and are used with his permission.


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