Four of Swords

Four of Swords

Keywords for the Four of Swords Tarot Card

  • Rest, meditation, solitude
  • Focus on a single task
  • Planning your next move
  • Recovery, convalescence


The Four of Swords is your call to retreat into yourself for rest, meditation, and recovery. This is the card for seclusion and solitude (even more than The Hermit).


The traditional illustration of this card shows a knight “sleeping” on a sarcophagus. Three swords hang on the wall above him and one is next to him. It appears he is dead, but it’s best to view him as resting. It’s a rest so deep and still it seems like he’s dead to the world. In this deck, we see the crane – symbolizing healing and rebirth – sleeping while the swords are simply stuck.


When you are ready to recover from a loss or problem, this card lets you know it is time to retreat and recuperate.


It is your call to focus on a single task, which is the task of planning your next move. When you are ready to move forward, you’ll have recovered the energy you need.

Occasionally, this card can indicate a funeral, or a hospital or rehab stay.


Keywords for the Four of Swords Reversed

  • Anxiety, restlessness
  • Quarantine, involuntary exile
  • Coming back into the action even stronger



  • The original was painted on 11x14 high quality 140lb watercolor paper with Turner watercolor paints.
  • Signature is hidden in the painting. 
  • Your original painting will come with a certificate of authenticity and a backing board, wrapped in plastic.
  • The painting is vertically oriented.


High quality reproductions are also available in 11x14 and 8x10 or 5x7 (with slight cropping) on an excellent quality linen paper which will retain it's true colors for many years.