The Four of Swords Upright: What Does It Mean?

The Four of Swords upright tarot card represents our need for rest and relaxation when we become too burned out on the journey.

Before each fight, we must learn to recover. It’s in this divine time that we can heal and ascend to a higher level of personal awareness.

The Four of Swords Upright

Many people work consistently for decades. In the United States of American it’s even shunned if you were to take time away from responsibilities. Case in point: Employees are given just 2 weeks of vacation time each year!

The Four of Swords Upright meaning

This period of rest is important to thriving in uncertain times. Just like a car that needs servicing, our soul needs to recharge and renew itself after the long fought battle is won.

Through this time or nourishment, we can contemplate our next move. Indeed you don’t have to lay and do nothing – you can strategize and plan the next few years of your life.

Card meaning

The Four of Swords upright is a ‘No’ Tarot card. We’ve used the Rider-Waite card deck though you may choose any that you desire.

A psychic reading of The Four of Swords Upright with the Rider-Waite series.
Our reading of The Four of Swords Upright with the Rider-Waite series.

We see a knight who is on the tomb. He isn’t dead. This is his divine resting place for now. We see the hands in prayer position showing that he is appreciating others who have influenced his personal quest.

As we look forther to the stained glass window, we see the woman and child together. This is his family and represents the need to reflect and sacrifice for the wellbeing of others.

The 4 swords represent his protection in this time of relaxation. No one else can enter this safe space of transformation and healing. Indeed you may have a certain space in your home that is reserved just for you.

Moments for you

In your busy schedule, you need to carve our time for you to recharge. This is especially true for parents and especially the mothers who are handling so much responsibility.

Even the most high performing atheletes on the planet need to head for some downtime. We see their courageous accomplishments on the big screen and their gruelling training sessions. Their relaxation time is often hidden from public view.

You must therefore create moments for you. This divine moments of personal healing can help you find clairity and personal power amongst the chaos of life. Too often we build up mental foggyness that leads to stress and frustration. This is why so many yogis find themselves regularly going to yoga class.

If that’s all the time you have – to attend a yoga class once or twice per week – then so be it. You’ve found some personal time on the yoga mat that’s definitely needed to rest both the body and mind.

The power of meditation

We wholeheartedly believe in meditation. It’s undervalued in the world today but very sorely needed if we are to unify as a species. Daily meditation can litearlly change your world if you’re open to finding just 15 minutes.

Find yourself in a position that better influences your future. Milestones are to be commended but more importantly, your time for rest. You need to release the tension and the anxiety that has built up.

This is why we sleep each night. We need to rest the body. So few of us also consider resting the mind. By retreating, we can find solitude and inspiration while letting go of the clutter and conflict that we’ve no doubt accumulated on the journey.

If you’re looking for rest, start with meditation. Trust us – it’s life changing.

Your turn

Take this time as yours. You’ve earned it. Life has been stressful lately and you’ve been pushed. There is no need to take off the armour. The knight depicted on the Four of Swords upright hasn’t since he chooses to simply enjoy the moment.

Tarot card evaluation

All that you need to do is to start. Find your safe space where no distractions can find you. Turn off your cell phone and go within.

This is a time for divine healing and contemplation. Take your time.

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