The Four of Swords shows a period of rest and recovery after a time of challenge, with the promise that, once recovered, you will return to the challenge. In the meantime, the Four of Swords provides a tough new challenge – the challenge to stay silent….
Not such an easy thing to do when my body wants to move.
The Four of Swords card in the tarot often depicts a warrior at rest, usually in a church, perhaps lying on an altar or sarcophagus. Often we will see the swords in the card or a black crow. Swords and crows represent the mind, the intellect, and the element of air.
In spite of the intense energy running through me, the fact that I drew this card today still makes sense. I have a ton of cosmic energy in my 12th house, which rules spirituality, solitude, rest, retreat, meditation, and the Great Mysteries.
My 12th house is ruled by Gemini, an air sign, which in turn is ruled by Mercury, god of the mind, intellect, and communication. In Greek mythology, Mercury is also known as Hermes, the trickster god and ruler of Hermetic knowledge.
With Mars, Athena, the Sun, and Jupiter all in Gemini right now, there is a lot of masculine, action-oriented warrior energy there. And yet I’m being told to retreat, rest, and relax. Okay……
The goddess has spoken.