Four of Swords Tarot Card Meaning and Art Waite Smith Tarot Deck
About the Deck
Waite Smith Tarot Deck
Pivotal and canonical, this deck defined a new pattern that would be followed up to the present. I made a digitally retouched and painted version of this deck, which I call the "Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck". The cards from that deck, as well as a modern English translation of the romantic English descriptions by Arthur Edward Waite (as appear on the Waite Smith Tarot deck) appear in a cross-referenced format in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot: In Vivid Color"
Designed by A.E. Waite and Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. England, 1911.
swords-4, four-of-swords, four, swords
DescriptionThe effigy of a knight in the attitude of prayer, at full length upon his tomb.
Meaning of Four of Swords from the Waite Smith Tarot Deck
Vigilance, retreat, solitude, hermit's repose, exile, tomb and coffin. It is these last that have suggested the design.
Wise administration, circumspection, economy, avarice, precaution, testament.
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.