4 of swords tarot card meanings upright and reversed

4 of Swords Tarot Card Meanings – four of knives – upright


The 4 of swords upright is a passive active card. It indicates a period of retreat and withdraw in order to make things better. It could be that you need to take your rest in order to heal. For example; it could be that it feels that your partner is not available for you at this moment but this is necessary to heal an aspect of the relationship.

The 4 of swords could indicate a break of all sort. It could be that someone needs to recover but it could also indicate a holiday for example. The 4 of swords is about a temporary break.

The number 4 is about stability, security, safety and need to keep your life in balance. Read more about tarot & numerology.

4 of swords love & relationship tarot reading

The 4 of swords tarot card as feelings indicate that this person is taking their time to find out what they feel. It might have been a turbulent time for them and now they feel it is a time for preparing and renewing their energy especially when it shows up together with the hermit tarot card. In such a time this person could feel like they take their distance.

As for how someone sees you the 4 of swords tarot card indicates that they see you as someone who is taking their time.

A temporary break up could be represented by the 4 of swords. There is not much communication when this card shows up for someones feelings towards you.

4 of swords job & career tarot readings

When the 4 of swords shows up in your job and career tarot reading it indicates a period of staying at home for example. There is a break needed. Especially mentally and in regard to communication this tarot card shows a break. So for example when you are sick at home from your work the 4 of swords could show up in your job and career reading.

There is no activity in the 4 of swords but this rest isn’t forever it is more like a time to recover. It is like sleeping. When you are energized enough you show up again.

4 of swords as outcome

  • recovery
  • time to rest
  • having a vacation
  • being passive and taking a rest
  • rest to work on physical health
  • taking time alone to think

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4 of Swords Tarot Card Meanings – four of knives – reversed


When reversed the 4 of swords could indicate a period that the querent is not taking rest while it is very important to do so.

It can be that the querent isn’t recovering as fast as he would have liked, but he is recovering. It is important not to rush things.

The 4 of swords reversed appears when it is time for the querent to get up again and withdraw themself from isolation. It is time to re-enter live again and to meet people.

4 of swords reversed as outcome

  • rushing things; take more rest
  • an advice to be carefull with your health
  • an illness
  • someone in your environment becomes ill or is ill
  • it is important to take good care of yourself
  • re-entering life again
  • getting out of isolation
  • physical restless nights


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