the four of swords is a card that draws us inward, as we are requiring stillness and peace. it reminds us though that peace may not be ours to grasp quite yet, but we can take a moment to retreat inward. we are coming from a difficult period and are still experiencing pressures from it as a result. we may feel shaken and need to step away to regain our strength and alter our perception. it can signify the calm in the midst of a storm or the time between rounds in a fight. the four of swords calls us to take this time to gather ourselves, nurture ourselves, to listen to our inner voice, and reconnect with what is real. it can be easy to get swept up in the stress, pressure, and difficulties and no longer be able to see the situation clearly. when we step away, we can assess the situation and rely on ourselves to seek the truth without clouded judgement. it is a time to note where we can trust ourselves in a deeper way. "When we are troubled, our minds play tricks on us- imagining hopeful escapes or tragic demises. Quieting your mind is an act of humility which allows you to enlist divine intelligence- your true voice. It won't make the problem go away, but in the space of stillness, you can bing fresh perspectives, and invite new ideas to appear," as Jason Gruhl of Fountain Tarot so eloquently describes. By cultivating our trust within ourselves and our inner guidance, we build ourselves back up and are rejuvenated to continue on our path and face what ever stands in our way. the four of swords does assure you that although it may take some time and effort, what you desire and are working towards will come to fruition. stay true to yourself.
when we go through periods of intensity, we can easily become overwhelmed and drained. it is important that we tune into this feeling and notice when we need to step away before we get swept up in the chaos that surrounds us, be it stress, difficulties, loss, conflict, pressure, and so on. when we step away, we allow for our minds to quiet and our heart and soul to receive a break. in this time, we can begin to take in all that we have been experiencing, sort through what is useful, and discard the rest. it is like digestion. after a big meal, our body needs time to process it, soak in the nutrition, and expel what we cannot use. physically, mindfully, emotionally, and spiritually, the digestion process is a time when we must slow down, find stillness, and let the process unfold. after this process, we feel lighter and have regained energy. without this time, we would have created more chaos within ourselves.
taking a period of time to go inward allows us to seek clarity and truth. it is a time where we can listen to our inner voice, discover what we need, and then give it to ourselves. nurturing ourselves in this way allows us recollect and reconnect. when we feel connected with ourselves, we strengthen our beings. we connect with our needs and desires and are able to begin to figure out how to achieve them. our path may have been clouded by the fog of stress, overwhelm, frustration, outward negativity, which can all lead to self-doubt and enable fear, which will take us over if we let it. when we move out of the fog, we can see more clearly and form a new perspective, which is sometimes all we need to not let the fear engulf us and continue to proceed forward. although we may meet the fog again, we are now prepared and have the energy to move through with strength. taking time for ourselves, to quiet our minds, find stillness, and look onward for peace, is a gift that we can give to ourselves that will only have abundant rewards, whether it be the time itself, the new perspective, the trust found within, or the strength and energy that we restored by doing so.
we are own safe haven. we are our own best resource. we are our own truth.