4 of Swords (Buckland Romani Tarot)

January 5, 2010 at 9:39 am (4 of Swords, Buckland Romani Tarot, Tarot)

4 of Swords - Buckland Romani Tarot

This version of the 4 of Swords shows a man napping under a tree in the Winter.  All around the tree and man it is cold and snowy, but the ground beneath the man is green.  Three knives are stuck in the tree and a fourth is on the ground next to him.

The image looks very still and quiet – it is easy to picture not just the peaceful rest of the man, but also hibernating animals, the dormant sleep of the trees… the world is taking a pause beneath a blanket of snow.

Many of us around the country have been getting our fill of snow this year – my daughter in Nebraska reports on how high the drifts are that are enclosing their house and making keeping the driveway passable a work that takes a day to complete..repeatedly.  This morning, my younger daughter’s fiance wasn’t able to get the car up the hill that is our driveway without sliding all over like a fish on the deck of a ship.

This snowy quiet works better when you don’t have anywhere you’re trying to be… the 4 of Swords is a card of mental rest, and that’s the ticket… to go accept the down time and not try to fight it.  This card is often about recuperation – the need to take a break to heal, and there again, it can be either peaceful or painful depending on how willing one is to chill out and rest.

Today I have little to do and plan to mentally hibernate and I will remember that this rest allows that hint of green to appear… that in silence and stillness there is the beginning of growth.


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