4 of Swords – Rest

4 of Swords Rest

On Friday, the Tarot Soul Coaching card of the day was 10 of Wands. Yes, I was tired and close to burn-out. After that followed a weekend with lots of rest and being offline – much-needed downtime in other words. Today’s draw, 4 of Swords, seems to indicate that maybe the focus needs to continue to be on rest for a while longer before any big push is attempted. Or at least on finding a more relaxed rhythm to my day.A.E Waite has the following to say about the 4 of Swords in his Pictorial Key to the Tarot:

The effigy of a knight in the attitude of prayer, at full length upon his tomb. Divinatory Meanings: Vigilance, retreat, solitude, hermit’s repose, exile, tomb and coffin. It is these last that have suggested the design. Reversed: Wise administration, circumspection, economy, avarice, precaution, testament.

The astrological correspondence for the 4 of Swords is Jupiter in Libra. Jupiter is an expansive energy and Libra is a peaceful energy, so with the 4 of Swords, we are given a green light to turn our focus on inner peace and expand into the realm of serenity. The yellow of the reposing figure and the tomb he rests on in the Giant Rider Waite Tarot is associated with the intellect and peace of mind.

As a self-professed workaholic, this is not one of my favourite cards… but there is a way of turning the rest and relaxation into contemplation and inner work – something us workaholics with a spiritual bent can sink our teeth into. If you get restless and anxious by doing nothing, then doing nothing is obviously not your ideal way of creating a sense of relaxation and wellbeing.

Benebell Wen gives us rather a lot to chew when it comes to on ‘The Convalescent’ in her Book of Maps (companion for the Spirit Keeper’s Tarot). For instance, she connects The Convalescent with the transition phase – one of the four phases in Buddhism: birth, death, transition and rebirth. Here we see ‘The Angel’ (trad. Temperance) making an appearance in the stained glass window and the reposing figure is wearing armour of The Reaper (trad. Death). Benebell speaks of how the spirit of this card (once placated) brings rehabilitation, restoration and cures.

In the Frideborg Tarot, we see a hammock featured, hanging between two trees. It’s a calm, sunny and warm summer’s day. The hammock is placed in the shade since this is more restful. Luckily, it’s still bright enough for us to be able to read. I would definitely bring a good book with me for maximum relaxation and wellbeing. Then I might close my eyes and do some breath work before drifting off to sleep…

The balance between rest and work is a fine line and one contains the seed of the other… Ideally, our work should place us in a relaxed state of flow that allows us to use our energy and skills to the max. Equally, rest and repose should work to prepare us for what is to come next – the rebirth. We all know how stress and tension make us less efficient, so check your relaxation levels today and do what works for you, so that you can continue with what must get done – not many of us can escape to that hammock! – in a more relaxed frame of mind.

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it. ~ Jim Goodwin Click To Tweet



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