Four of Swords



A naked person with medium-toned skin lies curled up on their side with four green sword-shaped pillows between their arms. The person has long white hair and appears to be sleeping. The background is varying shades of yellow and green.

Key words

Upright: recharge, retreat, rest

Reversed: burnout, stress, caution

Reflection questions

  • In what areas of my life am I feeling mentally or physically exhausted?
  • What activities or practices can I engage in to help me relax and recharge?
  • How can I create a more peaceful and calming environment for myself?

Four of Swords Upright

The Four of Swords represents a period of rest and recovery before taking on a new challenge. This period is necessary— you may be feeling burned out, ill, or just tired. Allow yourself time to fully recover. Engage in basic self-care, reassess your priorities, and don’t jump back into life’s challenges until you are truly ready.

Four of Swords Reversed

You need to rest and recuperate, but you’re not allowing yourself to do so. Perhaps you’re feeling restless, tempted to ignore what your body needs because your mind is ready to face the next challenge. Think of this period as an investment in your future self: you will be more capable of achieving your goals in the future if you allow yourself to take it easy now.