Happy Monday! Maybe we should try calling it Taronday? Ok, we tried it, and that sounds more like we're referencing pterodactyls. So we'll stop. Call it what you will, this is your weekly scheduled Omily Tarot blog post! We're working our way through my own interpretations of every card in the Waite-Smith deck, in the order I like to think of them being in, one by one. When I'm done writing all the interpretations, I'll be having them designed, type-set, and all that fun stuff into a zine available for purchase, and that will be awesome!
For now though, we've made it up to the four of swords. You may recall our last sword card was a bit of a downer. So how do you follow that up? Well, if you have any sense at all, I'd say with some recuperation time. Oh sure, ultimately you've got to get back into the saddle, and you don't want to wait long enough to get in a headspace about it, but you do need to be healed up enough to be able to handle round two. The fours thus far have been about taking a time out from our regularly scheduled plan of attack, so it makes sense that we're going to continue that pattern.
The Four of Swords
"At first glance, this card may seem like a relief, with the swords all safely hung up and not impaling anything, but wait…is that guy dead?? Technically this is only an effigy or sculpted image of a knight on a tomb, so no, but yes? The four swords hang above him, and to the left we see a bright, stained glass window.
We can assume the tomb suggests this knight is only taking a really, really deep sleep, dipping into his subconscious, intuitive side. The swords are so clear-cutting and intellectual, this may seem like the last thing you’d expect to hear. While it may be ok to think only with your head as you plan out your actions, once you start acting, you had better bring something more to the table, and the Staves and Cups told you exactly what was missing!
Things didn’t work out like you had hoped with your first attempt, as per the 3 of swords. Some deep, sequestered thinking is probably necessary to get out of entrenched habits and mindsets and allow for renewal of your plans. The cups went back to nature to find inspiration and earthy support, but the swords turn inward completely, away from all influence. The symbol of death used here probably refers to a need to lay to rest everything you thought you knew about your situation that led to that recent tumble. What do your instincts tell you? The bright stained-glass window in the upper left corner suggests that this step will lead to a bright future, and the brilliant yellow of the sarcophagus suggests that the knight either already knows this, or is allowing his passion to stoke the fires of optimism. Maybe all that was missing from his carefully laid plans was the fiery drive to make them come true.
In a reading, consider this card your permission slip to take a time-out: you won’t be missing anything. You need this chance to stop everything and be very certain about where you’re going next. Release even the truths you’ve come up with so far. Know in your heart that listening to your inner wisdom will lead you to the right path. Take a vacation with someone you trust if you’re feeling nervous about your upcoming wedding. Those worries won’t lay themselves to rest without your attention."