The Four of Swords

Generally, The Four of Swords represents a manifestation of hardship.  Its key phrase is REMORSE FOR PAST ACTION.  A few more mundane interpretations might be: 

Unfortunate romance

Financial reverses

Death of an artistic venture

Hoarding of possessions

Patience is rewarded


The astrological significance of the Four of Swords is based on the Taurus decanate of Taurus, Lepus, sub-ruled by Mercury.    Those born under this decanate are said to have great powers of magic, healing and mental force.   Because Taurus rules the second house of money and possessions, there is often a tendency under this decanate to spend too much time on the acquisition of wealth.  This trait coupled with the native’s natural ability to acquire mediumistic and magical skills is a fine recipe for black magic.  The rabbit symbolizing this decanate in the heavens is seen running in great haste from the negative influences of materialism.  Hence, it takes a lot of energy and determination to focus upon spiritual goals.  The keyword for the inner, astrological meaning of this card is DETERMINATION.


Zain writes about the spiritual text of this decanate:  “Fleeing the section of the zodiac where cataclysmic struggle takes place (Scorpio), the hare turns its back on the scene of various iniquities.  Like the constellated rabbit, the Biblical Lot made safe escape from Sodom and Gomorrah by not looking back.  His wife, unable to resist visualizing and looking back at the thing she feared, crystallized into a pillar of salt.”   The rabbit not only shows great determination in fleeing the gross and the catastrophic, but does not look at, or even think about, that which would cause paralyzing fear.  This is a story about visualization.  It means that when we positively desire a thing, we visualize its image and the thought-cells belonging to that department of life work to manifest that reality.  But when we visualize an image of what we fear, or visualize in fear, the thought-cells work just as hard to carry out those orders.  It is a warning to be vigilant about our thoughts, visualizations, and fears.  The spiritual message of the Four of Swords is:

One of man’s greatest enemies is fear.


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About letstalktarot

Allyn McCray began reading Tarot in 1971 after discovering a deck in an occult shop in San Francisco, California. In 1999, the American Tarot Association recognized her as a Certified Tarot Reader. During her experience as an Internet reader between 2000 and 2002, Allyn’s readings were regularly featured on the websites, Psychicnut and Roadtalk. In 2002, Allyn joined The Church of Light, aka Light.Org, a non-profit international school of esoteric studies, where she is now a Hermetician, Certified Teacher, and Minister. Allyn also serves as the Communications Director of The Church of Light and is a Section Advisor in The Order of the Sphinx.
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