Chesed, the fourth Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, is the Universal Architect, thus the
Fours suggest perfection, realization,completion and fixing a matter to
a rock solid stability.
In the Four of Swords, this stability is a form of Truce, where equal tension, makes a stability of mental powers.(click on 4 of swords for link to another website)
The Four of Swords represents Chesed in Yetzirah, influencing the Astral world.
you may know, mental creation happens in the Astral World before the
manifestation is solidified in the Material World. Now you may not be
able to clearly see that you are not a body....You really are a Yod
(hand of God) in the Collective Unconscious, so your Real body, is the
Tree of Life....the human body is the incarnation, for sensual purposes, and composed
of your "dreams" and resides with in the Invisible you. That Invisible
you is as Jupiter, and in this card, Jupiter is in Libra, Thus the
normal destructive Swords, are put to rest in the munificent, benevolent
and loving nature of Jupiter.
Rose is, destroyed in the Three of Swords-Sorrow restored and Consciousness is settled, thus rest from strife is
implied by the Four of Swords. Jupiter in Libra radiates compassion
and sensitivity showing the Mercy that is Chesed.
claims authority in the intellectual world. Arguing for convention,
Jupiter restores mental balance after the chaos of arbitrary thought.
this card, the hilts of the Swords, are formed into the corners of the
St, Andrew's Cross, suggesting the rigidity and fixation implied in the
4. The Rose of 49 petals, in which the Swords are sheathed, suggesting
Milo Manara presents a seen of unreachable fantasy in his 4 of Air. Here he depicts a young woman, sitting on a film strip, that is magically suspended in air (the element of this card), wearing umbrella and galoshes and singing to a sea gull. Like she is improvising a rendition of "Singing in the Rain". There is no rain, only sunny sky and we can see this is but a dream, as film strips can't support the weight of anyone.
Milo Manara assigns the meanings of wakefulness, meditation, reflection, and unreachable to his 4 of Air. The Astrological meaning of this card is Jupiter in Libra, implying the need to develop harmoniously.Thus the signing with the gull, implying harmony.
There is a suggestion of compromise in both the 4 of Swords and the 4 of Air. Settling for a dream without action, is indeed a form of compromise and as
does Crowley, I find this compromise to be a less than positive factor. Often compromise is an act of an indolent mind, that would rather be pusillanimous
and compromise for social peace rather than work out the thought
through the promised struggle. However, it must be to keep the peace but
peace at any cost, is not always preferable.
When the four of Swords -Truce, or the 4 of Air is thrown during a reading, it implies:
is mental understanding of a matter.. or relationship coming to full
resolution on four levels of mental awareness: The Rational, The
Emotional of the Unconscious , The Spiritual, and the Subconscious of
- implications of problems that should not be ignored, listen to the inner self and answers will be restored.
- a holding pattern after mastering a difficult mental situation.
or withdrawal necessary to heal or hide, by creating a protected mental
space. Here insight can be generated by seclusion.
- a moment of logic and discriminating intelligence of integrity and planning.
negatives of this card are often a bought of illness, in order to
recuperate The intellect is relinquishing control back to the body. so
that a time out of from problems and solutions are achieved as the body
has only one focus of getting better.
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!