The Thoth-FOUR OF SWORDS, Truce: Rest from strife
is the general meaning of this card. Issues, relationships or something
in your life has come to full resolution on all four levels of
awareness; mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical.
Astrologically this is Jupiter in Libra which is a compassionate and sensitive position.
The 4 of Swords
card is also representative of a healthy seclusion, where one is
voluntarily taking time-off from adversarial situations as they rest and
recuperate. Therefore, the intellect is relinquishing control and
allowing peace from the stress generated by juggling the contrary.
Sometimes this card
also signifies convalescence and recuperation from a illness
specifically generated by the psycho-dynamic union of body and
subconscious mind to establish a involuntary rest period.
To a Qabalist, the 4 of Swords card represents Chesed in Yetzirah; the influence of Mercy in the Astral word.
The number 4 is the position of the 4th Sephira-Chesed/Mercy, on the Tree of Life.
In this decanate, Chesed refers to Jupiter who rules in Libra. Thus we
have, intellectual balance and/or the idea of authority in the
However, when mercy is applied to intellectual
thought, we have compromise, which in itself, dulls the sharpness of
wit. Therefore, the 4 of swords can also represent the turning of a clear and
concise thought into a rather murky, self-deprecating thought. Such as
the political thought of today.
When thought is compromised
to please the "many" very little intelligence is presented. Such
thought represents a refuge from mental chaos (free thinking) arrived at
in an arbitrary manner. While arguing for convention, one loses the
invention of the individual perspective. From such conventional thinking,
we get society and
indoctrination, where freedom is merely a political statement and empty of fact.
The Four Swords,
are depicted in the image of a St. Andrew's cross (shown on the Scottish
flag), with hilts held in place by the corner-points. Thus,
fixed rigidity is suggested.
The large 49 petal rose represents
social harmony, which has fixed the 4 swords of "pointed thought",
into pointlessness, supporting the theme of this card of compromise.
First and foremost,
there is no Truce without conflict but conflict is not over because of
Truce. Rather, it is a temporary fix at best, and will soon shake apart
from the strain of holding the tension in compromise. We have a perfect
example of this in our Korean Truce between North and South Korea, the
war isn't over due to compromise...it's just waiting to ignite again. As
Aleister Crowley so eloquently put it, "Minds too indolent or too cowardly to think out their own problems hail joyfully this policy of appeasement." [Book of Thoth] .
Because the number 4 represents
the manifestation of things, the Four of Swords-Truce, also represents ,"the strong man armed, keeping his house in peace."
very nature of Air (combination of Fire-Will and Water-emotions)
makes the action of Truce dominate. Thus we have Truce, held by threat
of violence, rather than an intelligent conclusion to a problem. That is
why the back ground of the 4 of Swords is a chaotic mix of fractures,
rather than an established geometric formula. Truce may sound like a
good idea, but it is only a temporary avoidance of a problem rather
than a fix. The term for this in our modern society would be, "Truce is just a band-aid, not a cure."
The Babylonian Tarot-4 of Arrows-Rest:
Concentrates its meaning on the healthy seclusion, where one is taking time off from adversarial situations and recuperating from past wounds.To illustrate this point, the lioness from the previous 3 of Arrows card, in now at rest in one of the Babylonian Royal gardens, which were often a construct of Mesopotamian rulers.
These often lavish gardens were the places where the royals could find respite from the daily conflicts of ruling. Stocked with lavish flora and often exotic fauna, and providing shade, these gardens were also the places of Royal Courtship.
Therefore, the lioness, is healed of her wounds, and sleeping in a healthy seclusion under a tree intertwined with grape vines. At the top of the card are the four arrows pointing upward, a sign of good fortune. The cuneiform symbol of the number 4 is shown at the very top of the tree.
When the Four of Swords or Four of Arrows, is thrown during a reading:
The querent has been or will be experiencing for the next or last 4
weeks or 4 months, a period of convalescence and recovery from sickness;
a change for the better.
- After having gone through sorrow, there is rest; Peace after war and a relaxation of anxiety.
may be quiet, rest, and peace after a struggle.....yet the struggle
isn't solved and will require a revisiting in the future. The where and when of that future visit will be shown in the accompanying cards, as well as whether it is a ill defined or a well-defined visit.
- Murky thoughts due to compromise.
- Peace through strength.
- Peace after war.
- Relaxation from anxiety.
- A needed vacation and necessary respite from the world.
If the card is ill defined or in the case of the Babylonian tarot-reversed:
- The vacation is over.
- Minor misfortunes and interrupted plans.
- Temporary illness.
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