This card is one of a few that shows all the swords in an ordered row. As swords represent intellect, this card comes as a reminder to get your thoughts in order. The reclining figure also tells you this is a time of rest.
If you received this card, you may have experienced a Three of Swords situation, something difficult that pierced into the heart of your being. Now is the time to rest and heal from that trauma. Resting will help you regroup, to get your thoughts in order. Peace isn’t weakness, it is the catalyst for true strength.
The Four of Swords interacts with the Emperor and the Lovers.
Emperor: In a spread, the Four of Swords lightens the energy of the Emperor.
Lovers: If any cards from the suit of Swords come after the Lovers, it indicates the end of a relationship.
The Suit — Swords
The sword cuts and dissects. Swords represents the element of air. They are intellect. They are double-sided, which allows them to both damage and heal. The images in the suit might be alarming to some, but they are not simply aggressive. Yes, we can use blades to inflict pain, but we also use them to carve, shave, and trim.
Number — 4
Four is a number of order, foundation, and stability.