8 Four of Swords Tarot Meanings: Love, Outcomes, Feelings & More!

The meaning of the Four of Swords Tarot card is ‘rest.’ The Four of Swords is the card of stillness. This card predicts a time in your life when you feel as though everything has paused. The Four of Swords is the next step from the Three of Swords. 

Four of Swords General Tarot Meaning

You will feel as though everything in your life has come to a complete stop. Plans you’ve made previously will not come to fruition. Projects will not get finished. Work will not be done. You will not want to spend time with others during this time; you will choose to or will be forced into isolation. The primary meaning of the Four of Swords is that it symbols breaks. There is even a lack of excitement in conflicts that once raged.

Time spent recovering is another common interpretation for the Four of Swords. You will go through a time of rest. Stop to take care of yourself and your emotional needs during this time. You must practice self-care and put yourself first.

Naturally, one would ask what type of situation would cause you to need rest. Perhaps you will go through a break-up and just need that extra time to recover? Grief after a death is also a possibility. The proceeding cards will give clues to the reasons behind the need for such serious self-care.

I see the Four of Swords in Tarot readings quite a lot nowadays, perhaps as a result of everyone’s brains being so constantly busy thanks to their smartphones! If you’re always glued to your phone, your cards are saying that you need a break. Perhaps this card in your reading could be a sign that you need a little electronic and social media detox?

Four of Swords Love Tarot Meaning

For love and relationship Tarot readings, the Four of Swords can be positive or negative; it pretty much depends on the overall tone and feel of the reading.

In most cases, the Four of Swords will indicate a break. You will spend time away from each other. A lot of people panic when they read that information, but taking a break isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, a break from your partner can mean that their heart will grow fonder once you reconcile. 

(If you would like more love and relationship Tarot meanings for the King of Swords, be sure to check out my Love Tarot Meanings e-book.)

Four of Swords Feelings Tarot Meaning

If you’re wondering how your partner is feeling or what their intentions are, the Four of Swords may be a sign that you need to back off a bit. You’re coming on too strong (or will in the future), and this is off-putting to your partner or potential love interest. Give them space.

Four of Swords Career & Business Tarot Meaning

In business and career-related Tarot readings, I usually see the Four of Swords as a warning. You’re devoting too much time to your business and are about to experience burnout. You need to manage your time better and only do the tasks that are 100% necessary. Your projects will not be successful because you’re burning the candle at both ends. You must take time off, practice self-care, and even possibly hire someone who can take the repetitive tasks off your plate.

Four of Swords Future Tarot Meaning

When it appears in an outcome position of a Tarot spread, The Four of Swords can mean that your lover wants to spend time by themselves. This can mean that you’re starting to dislike each other and need to spend time apart. 

Alternatively, your relationship is solid, and the Four of Swords in your Tarot reading can simply mean that you’re both so wrapped up in other things that you don’t have time for each other. Make sure you’re focusing on your relationship in the future, even when you’re comfortable. 

Although the Four of Swords is a rather neutral card, seeing it in the future or outcome position of a Tarot spread can be a bad omen; it means that you’ll need to spend time recovering from the situation you’re reading about (which implies that it won’t end well).

Yes or No with the Four of Swords

General – The Four of Swords is pretty neutral for most questions. Usually, this card indicates that things will improve after a rest or pause. 

Do they like me? – Their feelings are neutral. If you want them to see you in a good light, give them space. 

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Am I pregnant? – No, and if you wish to get pregnant, you must de-stress your life and focus on your health. 

Is this relationship going to last? – It could swing either way (not a yes or no).  

Does the future of this look promising? – It’s possible if you try to avoid drama. 

Am I going to reconcile with my ex? – Possibly after a break if you give them the space they need. Don’t text or call them – allow them to come to you. 

Four of Swords as a Negative, Weakness, or Obstacle

When the Four of Swords appears as a negative or challenge, it can mean that you have a habit of sulking. You often feel sorry for yourself. You enjoy throwing yourself a self-pity party. If the Four of Swords appears in a ‘negative’ spread position, do not cut other people off as a form of manipulation – doing this will only make your relationships worse. 

Four of Swords as a Positive, Strength, or Advantage

If the Four of Swords appears as a positive, all it means is that you will get the time you need to recharge your batteries. You will receive all the care and rest that you need. This time away can represent you taking time out of a toxic relationship so that you can focus on yourself.

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