Tarot Card Comparisons: The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot- 4 of Swords: Truce & The Jungian Tarot- 4 of Swords: Imagination
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot- 4 of Swords: Truce & The Jungian Tarot- 4 of Swords: Imagination

The Tarot of EliThe Qabalistic Thoth Four of Swords--Truce, card represents the equal focus of the four states of conscious;
  1. Spiritual,
  2. consciousness,
  3. sub-consciousness, and
  4. self-conscious (ego to some).

The Thoth 4 of Swords, is the meditative, negotiating, and conflict resolving mind.

With the flexibility
of Jupiter (sign on top of card) and the balancing and non-positional influence of Libra (sign at bottom of the card) this truce making mind that is a four fold process of the four states of consciousness.

This four fold process is shown by the four swords (swords represents mind) all meeting at the points in the Lotus of four tiers of the lotus (symbol of enlightened mind).

Therefore,Truce is an opportunity to move through the issues of conflict which tend to stall our mental processes; represented by the web-like back ground of this card.

The Thoth Truce  card is called the four fold way;
  • First, one must be present;
  • Second, pay attention;
  • Third, tell the truth and:
  • Fourth, not be attached to the outcome.

The color green represents regeneration and yellow represents the deeply spiritual mind.
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 intellectual world.
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.


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 which for all its suggested strength is in actuality a weakness of comprimise.

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 the United Nations 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." The 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 Jungian 4 of Swords: Imagination, focuses its meaning on one of the most powerful human force, and/or Universal force of the Mind. The Forces implied by this card are among the most positive in the deck. Creative vision, has created societies, arts, technology, medicine, science, philosophies, and many more things of the Image-making Mind. But beyond and before humans graced this world the One Energy has imagined itself a Universe, and even the Spirit imagines itself as---You!

However, creative vision has also created our most devastating wars, enslavement, weapons of mass destruction and environmental destruction.

Imagination, must have a heart, before it weaves its images in the mind!

Nevertheless, the four of swords stands for a magical journey into unconscious possibility; even bringing back of ideas and images that affect daily life in someway.  There is also a more mundane meaning of just experiencing a good journey.

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.
  • There 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.

  • Within 4 weeks or 4 months, there is an opportunity for truce, conflict resolution, negotiation, and resolution with important issues or people in your life.
  • Flexibility rather than a closed mind is needed for true to become a reality. Thus the flexibility of Jupiter and the contentedness and balance of Libra  accomplish this resolution. 
  • The four of swords can also represent that in the month of Libra (September 21--October 21) or with the Libra people in your life, there can be truce-making and resolution in the next 4 weeks or four months.
  • This is a favorable time to resolve issues, if you will but focus on the four fold way.
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