Today’s TarotCraft Community Tarot Card is the 4 of Swords. We are encouraged to engage with the gentle energy of stillness, rest and meditation. It’s time to take a break from our busy lives and engage in some wholesome self-care and spiritual renewal. For those in the midst of a difficult time, take an opportunity to step aside and breathe for a while. If you are feeling stale, stuck or sad, this is the time to plan some relaxation and a change of scenery. Otherwise, this might be a call to explore various forms of meditation, or to deepen your existing practice.
About the image: The 4 of Swords from the Universal Waite Tarot deck. A statue of a Knight at rest is shown in this card. The figure lies on top of their tomb, head resting on a pillow and hands in the prayer position at chest height. Three swords hang on the wall above the Knight with their points facing down. Shown on a white background, this is possibly a painting of three swords rather than actual swords. The fourth is placed along the length of the tomb beneath the Knight. Next to the three swords is part of a stained-glass window that shows a standing figure holding their hand out to someone kneeling before them, similar to the Hierophant and the 6 of Pentacles.
Each Tarot card offers us a Gift, Invitation and Challenge. Before you read on, decide if you want to know what Gift, Invitation or Challenge the 4 of Swords has for you. Please let us know in the comments what your choice was and how the answer applies to you.
The Gift of the 4 of Swords is to allow your mind to rest in stillness and meditation. You don’t need anything outside of yourself. Just close your eyes and take a break.
The Invitation of the 4 of Swords is to find a quiet inner place from which clarity can arise.
The Challenge of the 4 of Swords is to persevere with the discipline of a meditative practice.
(Hint: the Gift is the grace that is already given us to overcome the Challenge, so if you chose the Challenge, also see the Gift.)
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