Four of Swords Tarot Card Meanings 2016-10-15T04:55:29+00:00
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Four of Swords Tarot Card
Meanings and Keywords:


Peace and quiet. 


Rest. Taking time out.

The end of a conflict.

A place where you can have rest.

A placid and calm nature.

Getting enough sleep.

Finding peace and rejuvenation in a relationship.





Lack of progress.

Symbolism in Four of Swords tarot card

The knight laying on a tomb symbolises rejuvenation. The three swords pointing downwards represent the resolution of the pain seen in three of swords. The horizontal sword represents the term ‘burying of the hatchet’, symbolising past conflicts resolved. The stained glass is decorated with an image of a woman and a child symbolising the birth of new ideas and creativity when the rest period is over.

Four of Swords tarot card and Astrology

Jupiter (Wheel of Fortune) in Libra (Justice)

Four of swords tarot card meanings upright

Four of swords in a general reading

Four of swords tarot card is about rest and rejuvenation, getting enough sleep and taking time out to meditate. Sometimes we only get enough rest when we are forced to take time out, so have a look at the other cards in the spread to see if the rest you are getting is due to lifestyle or due to accumulated stress that has collapsed on itself. This is the card for Time Out, which is sometimes very necessary.

Four of swords in a love reading

In a love reading, Four of swords tarot card can indicate a long-term relationship where the couple has grown to be like one person instead of two. If the Seeker is single it can mean he/she is at peace with being on their own, and prefer it that way.

Four of swords in a career reading

In a career reading, Four of swords tarot card signifies administration work, legal work and health care worker.

Learn what Four of swords tarot card means in the Grand Tableau. 

Personality types in Four of swords tarot card

Four of swords tarot card indicates someone who is calm, non-confrontational and placid. They have learnt to get along with almost anyone and make great partners and friends. Few things upset them. In conflicts, they work towards a peaceful resolution that will benefit everyone. They prefer a simple life and avoid busy places and crowds. This is someone who needs peace and quiet to reflect and gather their thoughts. They seek relief from stress and will not function properly without enough sleep. They love taking breaks where they day-dream and ponder about life. They love spiritual activities.

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Four of swords tarot card meanings reversed

Four of swords tarot card reversed denotes restlessness and burn outs. Thoughts and beliefs interrupt the person from recuperating. Four of swords reversed sometimes shows up when people have injuries that prevent them from getting comfortable, or the seeker needs constant stimulation to feel at peace. Four of swords reversed can also denote there is a lack of progress in the seeker life. Procrastination is indicated.

Personality types in reversed Four of swords tarot card

Four of swords reversed indicates someone who is unable to relax. There are often problems in personal relationships. They are always very busy but get little done. Their minds are full of clutter which is often mirrored in their homes that are very messy too. They long for a good nights sleep and harmonious relationships. They often settle for far less than they deserve, however, there is not enough clarity in their minds to deal with issues appropriately. Therefore they often end up staying where they are, feeling ill at ease.

Four Of Swords Tarot Card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including Four of swords:

Four of swords + The Magician: Long term relationship. 

Four of swords + The Empress: A peaceful home. 

Four of swords + The Hierophant: Doing what is expected. 

Four of swords + The Chariot: A quiet achiever. 

Four of swords + The Hermit: Growing old with someone. 

Four of swords + Justice: Seeking extreme balance. 

Four of swords + Hanged Man: Avoiding making a decision. 

Four of swords + Death: Restlessness. 

Four of swords + Judgement: Seeing the truth about people. 

Four of swords + Ace of wands: Focusing on a new beginning. 

Four of swords + Four of wands: A community where everyone knows your name. 

Four of swords + Seven of wands: Health care. 

Four of swords + Eight of wands: The internet. Telecom. 

Four of swords + Ten of wands: Night shifts. Shift work. 

Four of swords + Ace of cups: Spiritual healing. 

Four of swords + Two of cups: Finding the one. 

Four of swords + Four of cups: Repeating an old pattern. 

Four of swords + Eight of cups: Retreat. 

Four of swords + Knight of cups: A beautiful mind. 

Four of swords + Queen of cups: Nursing. 

Four of swords + King of cups: Health care expert. 

Four of swords + Ace of pentacles: Your savings. 

Four of swords + Two of pentacles: A hotel. A reception. 

Four of swords + Five of pentacles: The necessities. 

Four of swords + Eight of pentacles: Admin internship. Computer science. 

Four of swords + Page of swords: A natural therapist. Natural therapy. A healer. 

Four of swords + Queen of swords: A professor. Study. 

Four of swords tarot card meanings summary

When Four of swords shows in your cards take a look at the company you keep. You are blessed with someone very special; someone who calms you down to give you peace of mind (if you get Four of swords reversed it is the opposite). Four of swords tarot card meanings often speak of the types of situations where we have the time to create something incredible. It is very hard to create when we are stressed and out of sorts. Being creative takes up a lot of energy; it is hard work! It is the kind of hard work we can only accomplish when we are meditative and calm. Four of swords tarot card denotes such an environment.


  1. G August 29, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Hi Inger!

    I got an overall theme as 4 of Swords and the Clarifying cards: knight of swords (reversed), knight of cups and judgement.

    I would love to know and appreciate your interpretation!

    Thank you so much!

  2. Inger Bråthen September 2, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Depends a little bit on your questions, but it looks like you will close the door to drama and have a peaceful time where you can focus on being you and let your personality come through, a part of you that you have hidden away.

  3. Tia November 13, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Hi my husband cheated and is currently with her I asked has he any regrets does he miss our son i got king of swords 4 of swords reversed and 9 of swords. I dod past present and future spread. Can you please offer some insight I would really appreciate it.

  4. Inger Bråthen November 14, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Yes, I think he is regretting the whole thing. 4 of swords reversed means stress and insomnia. 9 of swords means regret.

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