Four of Swords

Four of Swords from the Rider–Waite tarot deck

Four of Swords is a Minor Arcana tarot card.

Tarot cards are used throughout much of Europe to play tarot card games.

In English-speaking countries, where the games are largely unknown, tarot cards came to be utilized primarily for divinatory purposes.


"The effigy of a knight in the attitude of prayer, at full length upon his tomb." - The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, by A.E. Waite

Divination usage

Vigilance, retreat, solitude, hermit's repose, exile, tomb and coffin. The single sword at the knight's side indicates a singularity of purpose and a great focus in life. Reversed: wise administration, circumspection, economy, avarice, precaution, testament. When ascending this card can mean going into a cocoon like a butterfly, opening up your third eye. Getting in touch with your purpose in life.

It is mostly associated with a peaceful, still place. It reflects withdrawal, getting away and shifting the focus inwardly so that recovery and healing can take place.

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