The 4 of swords tarot card is a card of rest. Of taking time to pause, even if you feel you cannot right now.
I suggest, while looking at this card description, you have your tarot deck in front of you and decide for yourself if you agree with the feelings on this page or if the card represents something entirely different to you.
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A few words to describe the card:
Rest, meditate, pause and take a break
4 of Swords
The 4 of swords tarot card represents rest and taking a break. This may be one that you feel forced into, but it’s one you must take.
Most of the tarot decks depict this card as a person resting with the swords hanging over their head. Sometimes the image is of a person asleep at a church, which is known as a resting place, especially during battle.
This card is reminding you that you must take a break. You cannot keep going without resting and recovering. If you don’t choose to rest, other circumstances might force you to.
This is a break from the battle, whether that battle is just day to day life or something more. Take your time and reconnect with yourself. If you don’t, you’ll burn out.
Try to come up with ways to recharge and recover. It may not just be sleep or actually taking a break. Try meditating, or looking within yourself.
This is also a good time to look at the problems you’re having and try to look at them differently. See if you can find the positive, rather than being stuck in the negatives.
Still confused about the meanings of the cards? A few tools that have been really helpful for me have been: practice, taking the time to look at each card, read books like Tarot: Learn How to Read and Interpret the Cards by Kim Arnold. Or try out tarot spreads! Try doing a simple reading every day. The Labyrinthos app is really helpful too. Or try some that I’ve created by looking here: Tarot Spreads.
Want other comparisons of tarot cards? Find those here! It might help you better understand how tarot decks are different.