Four of Swords Tarot Card Meaning and Art Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
About the Deck
Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
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.
Loren Lundgren, © 2021
DescriptionThe corpse of a knight in a position of prayer, laid out upon his tomb.
Meaning of Four of Swords from the Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
Vigilance, retreat, solitude, isolation, exile, tomb and coffin.
Wise administration, deliberation, economy, greed, precaution, covenant.
According to Many Schools of Thought
Papus's Divinatory Meanings
A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings
A bad card, but if reversed a qualified success may be expected by wise administration of affairs.
A certain success following wise administration.
S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings
Solitude, Retreat, Abandonment, Solitary, Hermit
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.