Four of Swords Tarot Card Meanings: Suit of Swords

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What does Four of Swords Tarot card mean?

The Four of Swords meaning is the reverse alarm clock that signals a timeout. Life has been so heavy lately, that it’s easy to forget your need to recharge. This card indicates you’ve reached a breaking point, and it’s time to rejuvenate before your next endeavor.

Four of Swords Tarot Keywords

The Four of Swords keywords look different depending on how you select the card.

  • Upright: relax, unwind, recharge
  • Reversed: fatigue, stress, weariness, overworked
The four of swords upright indicates an opportunity to recharge your body and soul with some much-needed rest.
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Four of Swords Upright Meaning

The Four of Swords upright is a sign to lay off and relax. You’ve been working so hard to keep everything for yourself and your loved ones in order, and it’s time to enjoy some “me time.”

Upright Health

You’ve been putting so much effort into reaching your health and fitness goals. Remember that not every day is going to be a good day, and rest days should be celebrated, not frowned upon.

Upright Love

Being involved in a tumultuous romance is tiring. You’ve been dumping so much energy into your love life that you’ve started to lose sight of who you are. Allow yourself a much-needed break from the drama, and you’ll feel brand new again!

Upright Money & Career

You’ve been grinding at work, but never give yourself enough credit for how much you do. Take a day (or longer!) off to recharge your soul and stay balanced.

The four of swords reversed looks like intense exhaustion or burnout.
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Four of Swords Reversed Meaning

If you’ve picked a Four of Swords reversed, this means you’re in a state of intense exhaustion and due for a serious break. You’re so caught up in the cycle of productivity, that you’ve lost your sense of self. This hiccup is just temporary and can be healed by looking inward.

Reversed Health

You’re striving so hard to fulfill a certain image of who you should be health-wise, but it’s become too much. Take your burnout as a sign to reevaluate your choices. Map out your goals but be sure to allow time for rest moving forward.

Reversed Love

With the Four of Swords reversed, love has brought you to a breaking point. No matter how much effort you put into relationships, you keep getting beat down. Rather than jumping into the next romance, use this time to self-reflect and set higher standards for the next venture. 

Reversed Money & Career

Your energy at work is being sucked dry by coworkers, bosses, or clients. If you don’t retreat and give yourself some space, you’ll totally explode and it won’t be pretty. Meditate, journal, and do whatever you need to do to clear yourself of the stress and negative energy before returning.

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