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Four of Swords Art and Meaning Vivid Waite Smith Deck

Designation

Four of Swords

About the Deck

Vivid Waite Smith

These cards are featured in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot" by Loren Lundgren. I took the information for the meanings on these tarot cards from "The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition Under the Veil of Divination", by A. E. Waite, 1911, now in the public domain. I edited the tarot card descriptions and meanings for clarity and brevity, modernizing the text. I scanned in the original black and white illustrations of the cards drawn by Pamela Colman Smith, from the 1911 book. I digitally retouched and painted those illustrations in detailed color.

Provenance

Loren Lundgren, © 2021

Tags

swords-4, four-of-swords, four, swords

Description

The corpse of a knight in a position of prayer, laid out upon his tomb.

Meaning of Four of Swords from the Vivid Waite Smith Deck

Upright

Vigilance, retreat, solitude, isolation, exile, tomb and coffin.

Reversed

Wise administration, deliberation, economy, greed, precaution, covenant.

According to Many Schools of Thought

Papus's Divinatory Meanings

Enemy defeated.

A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings

Upright

A bad card, but if reversed a qualified success may be expected by wise administration of affairs.

Reversed

A certain success following wise administration.

S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

Solitude, Retreat, Abandonment, Solitary, Hermit

Reversed

Economy, Precaution, Regulation of Expenditure.

Mme. Le Marchand's Divinatory Meanings

there is among your circle of acquaintances some one who wishes to be united to you in marriage; consent, and you will not repent it.

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