The Thoth Deck Four of Swords,
represents Chesed (mercy) manifesting in the realm of Intellect. Jupiter rules in Libra in this decannate.
is no opposition in any of these symbols so The Four of Swords
proclaims the idea of authority in the intellectual world and is the
dogma and the law concerning it. In an arbitrary manner, the Four of
Swords represents a refuge from chaos and argues for convention.
On the Thoth illustration, the
Four Swords have their hilts placed in the four corners of a St.
Andrews cross, suggesting fixed rigidity. The Sword points are sheathed in a
large white forty-nine petaled rose, representing social harmony. Hence
this card is mental compromise.
As previously stated, the number 4 is the position of 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 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.
To reiterate, the large 49 petal rose in the center of this card, 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; a band-aid 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 through threat of annihilation."
Hence Rest from strife, a temporary rest at best, is the general meaning of this card.
Since astrologically this is Jupiter in Libra the four of Swords also suggests 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
Therefore, the intellectis 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 in order to establish an involuntary rest period, because one's personality won't voluntarily take time off from the juggling.
The Connolly Tarot Four of Swords,
hasn't a title. Like many tarot decks, there is a tendency here to down play the objective importance of the "minor cards". This is an error not known to Qabalist, who know that the Major Arcana are Subjective, more occult and often take time for fruition. While the Minor Arcana, or "small cards", are
physically happening at this moment!
Hence, its best to pay attention now!
The Connolly card seems to relate the idea of feeling like being cut off, or of being out of touch, as the four swords block the walk way, behind a closed gate.
Therefore, it is about rethinking your future plans, which suggests a truce with the moment, but keeping your eyes focused on your goals.
When the Four of Swords 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.
relationships or something in your life has come to full resolution on
all four levels of awareness--mental, emotional, spiritual, and
- A period of Convalescence and recovery from sickness over a 4 wk or 4 month period.
- Change for the better.
- At first going through a period of sorrow, but now at rest from sorrow.
- Peace after war.
- Relaxation of anxiety.
have a Truce one must first have a struggle so this card suggests
peace, quietness, rest, ease and plenty after a time of struggle.
always, these are all modified by the dignity of the accompanying cards
Crowley viewed this card as a cowardly and/or indolent way of the mind
that can't think out it's own problems and joyfully accepts appeasement.
- Since this is the unstable number 4, this card does tend
to show compromise due to tiredness rather than for any positive
- A Truce means that the war is at rest for the moment but the battles are not all won.
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