Life lessons & the 4 of swords

I love the 4 of swords, it represents something I have very little of now; a moments peace.

Our lives are so busy now, it seems we work harder than ever before, and in our "down" time are distracting ourselves ever more too. This really is the age of distraction with the "bread and circuses" of you-tube and box sets.

And yet our busy lives leaves us, in my opinion, repeating old mistakes- because we never take the time to reflect, process, and learn from our mistakes.

When the 4 of swords crops up, it reminds me of the value of reflection, time spent with the body still and the mind active.

Lets look at some key symbols in the Rider-Waite card;

The 3 swords hanging above the person, with one sword laying beneath the person.

I find this the most important symbolism in the whole card;

The 3 of swords is sadness, grief & heartbreak. But it is so much more than this. It is expressing your sadness (after all swords are communication). It is feeling your pain, which is so much better than being in pain and not feeling it. Because when you live in an emotionally painful situation (for example an abusive relationship) and you don't acknowledge the pain, you make no changes. So I like the 3 of swords because it suggests you are feeling, and expressing that pain. (I have written a longer blog on the 3 of swords which you can find