Four of Swords – Rider Waite Tarot Deck

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I. Four of Swords Rider Waite image description

The Four of Swords describes a knight lying on a tomb in the church. He was holding his hands in prayer. The stained glass behind the statue depicts a woman and child. A sword lies beneath the knight, implies there is only one important matter, that is to master your life at this time. The remaining three swords are facing the ground.

Four of Swords Rider Waite image description

Cards in the Swords suit often represent experiences about something, but the number 4 card brings a feeling of peace and silence. This card is so different because it represents the undisturbed calmness of mind. Sometimes, rest and purification are a high challenge. Once you get used to the movement, it will be hard to stop, it is just like a habit that cannot be abandoned. There is always so much to do, and the modern society directs us to be so addicted to attractive and distracting things. As a result, we sometimes forget that we need to stop and need to calm down.

The Four of Swords represents the time spent rethinking things at leisure. It is important to take a step back and have an overview to evaluate things. This is especially true when you are facing a big challenge or event. You need quiet time to gather strength and focus your energy before facing that challenge. Pausing, calming and resting is the only way to best promote ourselves.

Sometimes, this card implies that you are changing the focus from outside to inside. When we keep the pure heart, we can easily enter the mind. The knight in the image appears in a prayer posture and deep meditation. In fact, he seemed dead. For those who are addicted to the activity, rest and quietness to them are just like death, it is certainly not what the card is about. You should know that the silence maintained its own values, but the human must seek and recognize those values themselves.

II. 4 of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Resting, Thinking, Prepare in quiet.


  • Give the body time to recover;
  • Avoid trying too hard;
  • Meditate and relax the body and soul;
  • Experience life is easy.


  • Find a more positive viewpoint;
  • Listen to the inner voice;
  • Take the time to think critically about the situation;
  • Recheck your engine;
  • Consider where your position is.

Quietly prepared

  • Strengthen the internal energy;
  • Make sure your foundation for sustainable;
  • Prepare for the future;
  • Prepare to address upcoming issues;
  • Tighten the loopholes;
  • Stability.

III. Opposite and Support Tarot cards to the 4 of Swords

Opposite cards

  • Magician – active, focused on the outside;
  • Wheel of Fortune – progressed rapidly, many moves;
  • 8 of Wands – action, speed up the process;
  • 10 of Wands – too much effort, too much effort;
  • 2 of Pentacles – have fun, balance many activities.

Support cards

  • High Priestess – rest quietly, ponder;
  • Hermit – conjecture, become discreet;
  • Hanged Man – rest, interrupted activities;
  • 4 of Cups – meditate, spend time alone;
  • 6 of Swords – rest, restore;
  • 7 of Pentacles – pause to review, re-evaluate.

IV. 4 of Swords Upright Card Keywords

meditate, recovery, passivity, relaxing, resting

Words and Keywords

Need to rest and relax, take a break, need to innovate, a period of slowing down, restore health, rest, time out, calm, relieve stress, an expected holiday, inactivity, form a new group, retreat, a necessary vacation, solitary, pray, meditation, reflection, reassessment, the calm before the storm, recovery, a period in hospital, medical examination, peaceful surroundings, go to a completely different place.


The Four of Swords is a card that has the meaning of resting (or the need of taking a rest) in daily life. This may also mean that you or someone in your life can retreat or regress for a while. This withdrawal does not last forever. This card may mean illness, hospitalization or even rarer is going to jail. This is a pretty clear sign of a private space for people.


In general, this card usually means you need your own time and your own space. You may be spending too much time and attention to other people or other things. Do not hesitate to draw the line or say no. Conversely, when others say no to you, respect it. Trying to encroach on or go against them, in this case, is to lay up trouble for yourself.


Four of Swords implies that this is a great time to take a vacation if you can (even consider enjoying a longer weekend than usual). You need to rest and ponder a bit. If there are things that do not happen as you wish, then do not handle them alone or make things more complicated. Sometimes, we just need to be patient with the process of doing those things. But if you cannot be patient, it is probably time to start looking for another position or career.


If you are in a relationship, you may feel a bit disconnected. The important thing is to let your significant other know what you are thinking, but remember that your feelings belong to your own, he/she does not always have to make you feel happy. It is possible that the two of you simply need to take a short break and find a private space. Do not hesitate to do so. And if you are looking for love, you do not have to rush. The best is that you figure in a specific and precise way about what you are looking for a relationship. You will meet the right person, but this is not the time.


Four of Swords tells that you need to have a different plan if you are responsible for your expenses and you do not know how to make money. Think of new ways to get more income. If you are doing business and are lending money, try to quickly restore those loans. You may have to wait for a long time for the borrower to pay you back.

This deadlock situation will not last long. If possible, consider making a small contribution to a job, fund or business that can be trusted, as long as you can happily do this with your own heart. At that time, you will be able to open a new flow of prosperity for your life. If nothing happens, this support will still make you feel comfortable about what you are holding even for a short time


This card in a spread related to health is a message to remind you to be happy with what you have. Your health probably is not as good as you want it to be, but on the other hand, you are still healthier than many others. The Four of Swords can also be a call to slow down and take more rest. Trying too hard when you are too tired can make you sick or injured. Everyone needs a break and needs their own private time.


Regarding spiritual matters, this card shows you need your own space. You need time and peace to really get in touch with your soul and the surrounding Universal energy sources. Let’s search for, seize and take advantage of that time period. Your alertness, as well as your soul, is calling you to meet this need.

Situation and advice

It is the time to rest and take a break after a period of struggle or conflict. You need a stage of renewal to calm down and let your body recover. You can seek relief while praying and practicing meditation. Pausing your daily routine will help you consider problems logically.

Meditation will help you get a clear view of any circumstance. Perhaps you have been annoyed and should have a day off from your daily routine. A vacation or a trip to a new place is also a good idea. If you are sick, this is a time of convalescence. If you are sick, this is a time of convalescence. You may be related to the hospital (this card refers to a patient or the one who visits patients).


Someone needs to be rested, a person who has just recovered, a hospital employee, a visitor to a hospital, a medical patient.

V. 4 of Swords Reversed Keywords

restless activity, exhaustion, lack of progress

Words and Keywords

(+) Do not have time to relax, continue to act, the rest time is over, a request to act, return to work, healing, restore previous responsibilities, make yourself busy.

(-) Illness, isolation, grievance, withdrawal, resentment, rejection, banishment, loneliness, lack of thinking, problems at work, dismissal, opposition, strikes, boycott, riots, imprisonment, exile, exclusion, unpleasant surroundings.


When the Four of Swords appears in reverse, it is a sign that you or someone close to you is exhausted in all respects. This is not the time to push yourself beyond your limits, otherwise, you will risk everything you have worked hard to get, including your health, your work and your relationships. The most important thing right now is to take time to rest.


In general, this card in reverse shows that you not only feel tired but also feel isolated. You do not need to worry too much, this situation will quickly end if you let yourself rest. The relationships and friends that you need are coming to you. Just take step by step, slowly but surely.


Just like the Four of Swords in the upright, this card in the reverse shows that a short break from work will bring you many benefits. You can also realize that the ways of doing things at work that had never before given you a good feeling are now clearer than ever and then you will find yourself supporting that way. If you are looking for a job, then perhaps you need to take a break to reflect on it. Are you looking at the right place or with the right people? This card implies that you may need to change tactics a bit.


If you are in a romantic relationship, this reversed card can be a sign that you will need to make more effort to find yourself feeling “being together” with your significant other. However, you should also consider whether your partner is currently tired of other things (like health or work); and do not just try to solve the problem by yourself.

If you are looking for love and not getting good results, and this situation has been going on for a while, it is definitely the time for you to change your tactics. For example, if you have tried dating or participated in online forums to find the other half, then try joining groups in which the members will meet each other in person.


When the Four of Swords appears in reverse, then it can be a message that you can benefit a lot by going against your intuition for once and forgetting about money issue for a little while. Confusion and anxiety can affect your ability to think rationally and carefully about what you need to do. When you have a little time to relax, just assess your spending and saving habits. Therefrom, you will be able to make any necessary changes.


This reversed Swords card may indicate that you are going to overcome some self-limiting thoughts or beliefs – and this may bring about an important leap in your views and your health. However, this card is a clear statement that you have to take a break because you have been trying too hard to push yourself go further. This card is the message conveying that you really need to rest.


The Four of Swords reversed shows that you should not push yourself too much. Mindfulness, meditation and rest can help to clear your spirit at the present time. Let’s consider meditation based on the principle of a calm and undisturbed mind.

Situation and advice

On the positive side, this card implies the rest period is over and this is the time to return to work. You have spent the necessary break time and now have to continue your activities. You feel awake and have the energy to face the problems of life.

On the negative side, it can be a warning of general issues, illnesses or mandatory isolation period.


An uninvited guest, an exile, a prisoner, an outcast, a striking worker.

In a Tarot spread, the Four of Swords is often a sign that you need to slow things down and take time off. If you are recovering from a disease, let yourself have a break. Even if you feel completely healthy, you can still get sick if you do not take time to rest.

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