Four of Swords: general, standing and reversed meaning

Four of Swords, general description

Four of Swords is the 62nd card of the Major Arcana. It is part of Fatecaster’s Tarot card list that summarizes the Rider Waite Tarot cards’ meaning.

Four of Swords is the card of retreat, the inhibition of activity and the tranquillity forced down on our throat. This aspect resembles the Hanged Man but there is a difference: Four of Swords is more occurrence-oriented: obstacles and difficulties emerging here are not only less elusive and easier to understand but also they can pass away without the urge to change our current life.

The card’s meaning is the most obvious about illnesses: then uproots from the previous activity and forces us to calm down. It’s up to us whether we suffer from giving up on our previous life or we use tranquility as an opportunity to find ourselves. The card also means that although the reposing period could be used as a meditative break that’s not what we were after.

Four of Swords (ceasefire), standing

Time of peace and the calmness of the mind in a huge battle. The retreat can be used to strengthen, to grow faith and rethink the goal. A calm moment in which you have to concentrate your attention. It can mean a retreat from the world in order to find spiritual refreshment.


Four of Swords (ceasefire), reversed

Restlessness and spiritual disharmony. Fleeing from storm and stress. Short withdrawal from stress that leads to final defeat. Lack of attention that can cause catastrophe.