Four of Swords follows the Three of Swords, which were three bound swords depicting a time of extreme pain and hardship. Four of Swords is the current time of more spaciousness that comes after a time of darkness experienced. This time is for contemplating what has been experienced and looking with compassion towards oneself for the next phase of the journey. One grows tremendously through darkness experienced. Wisdom and strength are discovered when we learn from our path and integrate what we have learned from our individual journey. When directly experiencing hardship clarity isn’t always prominent when in the center of turmoil. Four of Swords is the aftermath of a hard emotional experience. One becomes more gentle and compassionate towards them self and others after moving through difficult chapters. There is a new learning how to navigate in a way that is in a greater harmony with ourselves in the world. We do not only learn by everything going well constantly. The depth of our character is refined by how we overcome and persevere the lowest of times. The Four of Swords depicts a lamb with a shining sun in the center of her forehead symbolizing a newfound strength through experiences of this human journey. There is a steady focus coming forth at this time, seeing what is no longer in alignment and the way one chooses to move forward.
At this time there is an opportunity to reflect on past experiences and clearly see what no longer works for us and what does. There is an evaluation of the direction of ones path and a clear vision that is aligned with ones heart to move in the direction that is true and not tainted by what friends, family, or society might otherwise say. We can see this as an exciting time that we have learned about ourselves in a way that opens our creative channels for forward movement in an honest direction of ones heart. This understanding blooms flowers in ones life that have not been tainted by what is expected from outside forces. These answers have come from inside oneself. After each major experience or big change in ones life, we pause and reflect to integrate all we have learned up until now to make the next move as best we can. When we trust our own self to navigate in the most natural way, life is unfolding before us with great ease. When one does not take time to reflect or learn from the past we can continue cycles that are not helpful for our growth and expansion. Hasty decisions can be made that are premature when we do not take time to pause and reflect.
The lamb is aligned and strong in a silent way. She has contemplated her past movements and sees where she has erred and see where she has prospered. She is now ready for the next phase of her journey and is grounded in her movements. There is a maturing happening that wasn’t necessarily present before. At this time any plans that are made will be easily committed to as the weeds have been acknowledged and pulled out from the roots. Any aspects of life that were once unclear will now be seen in a spacious way that allows problems to be dissolved and new possibilities to fully expand.
The Mother of Pentacles gives a feeling of calm and nurturing. Depicted is a momma dear and her fawn nestled in the comfort and trust. The Mother of Pentacles is resting laying down and simultaneously completely alert with an air of serenity. Earthly colors of pale green and blue behind her are symbolizing her connection to the physical world. The light purple at the bottom of the card symbolizes her connection with spirit and how she moves intuitively in the physical world. She does not worry about her young because she knows that life will always care for her and her young. This relaxation that she feels in life is what allows her to move with great trust and ease. The Mother of Pentacles asks us to embody a relaxation in our life that allows us to move like water. As this relaxation is discovered we feel life is flowing with pure Grace supporting us.
The trust that is felt from this card is clear. Are we trusting life as we walk our path? Do we truly feel we are exactly where we need to be? Is there a feeling that we are in alignment with our heart and life or do we feel we are going against ourself in some way? This is a time to contemplate and ask, am I fooling myself being at this job or place that doesn’t serve my heart? Or am I walking with spirit completely and not looking back? When we truly start swimming in the stream that life always has available for us we see how the other way we were living was a contracted state, there is no leaving this stream. For the ones who are conflicted in how they are living, this is the time to ask why? Is it too scary to do something that makes your heart happy? Are you not allowing the love to flow from you where you see a vision? Are you wondering about your job security and what your family or friends may think? The Mother of Pentacles says trust. Trust your hearts wishes that have been stifled. One will never know how things could be if we don’t take a leap of faith. Can we agree on one thing? It is a miracle that we are here, is it not? If one takes this miracle attitude with each decision made from the heart, we will see how all things are possible. Only a thought of fear creates a separation that impedes us from doing anything. This is paralyzing for any being and it is why we don’t leave old situations for ones that serve the greatest good. At the end of the day we must ask are we siding with fear or are we listening to the calling of our heart? Life supports us when we listen to our heart. Life wreaks havoc when we go against ourselves. Can we see that? Trust. Trust your inner visions and allow them to flow without hinderance.
One pentacle is directly above the mother deers head. Pentacles represents earthly and material aspects of life. There is an illusion that if we follow our heart we won’t have any material security. This is an illusion that can quickly be seen through when we start opening ourselves to our natural hearts expression to unfold. If you believe that you are secure in a job or place now which doesn’t serve the heart you are only opening yourself enough to be secure in that place. When you open yourself to do what you truly wish to do you are allowing yourself to trust in the miracle of life that is far more secure than anything that is going against your heart. If one is suffering and in pain at a place of work how is that secure in anyway? This shows us that we are not caring about our own well being and are putting a financial security above happiness. We must ask ourself what is more important, our joy? Or a false sense of security in a job or situation that doesn’t serve our heart?
We must be courageous and take a leap of faith with what feels aligned inside.
Ten of Cups reveals the embodiment of energy which emits from our presence is exactly what will be returned to us. In this moment there is a gratitude within that doesn’t need anything from the outside to fulfill a need within. This card represents the fulfillment and deep gratitude for life that has completely shifted ones experience. When we move with this wholeness we are moving with an ease and grace that is nourishing all of life in its wake. This presence of wholeness is what heals the world, and this inner understanding needs nothing from the world to be in this naturalness. Ten of Cups emits a rainbow light stream that gives and receives equally. A perfect harmony that many seek in the world, but never find. This great peace will only be found when we stop trying to take from the world and are deeply fulfilled within. Pining for anything is pining for that which we already have.
There is a deep intuition that is embracing the flow of life. All that comes through at this time is natural and aligned with the greatest good. Any action that occurs is authentic and doesn’t need to be questioned a million times. We are simply moving with intuition and all things are miraculously opening up. Our hearts are expanding wide and the universe is matching this trust. This is a period of divine expansion. As we have given up ideas of future and past there is no longer anything to cling to. Life has stripped away all that doesn’t serve and there is a deep surrendering that has no where to go but here. As all the walls crumble, we witness the walls were built out of a lack of trust for the miracle life has to show us. We see this miraculousness shattering all illusions which kept us living a mundane life. Now the flowers bloom under our feet and we hear the messages from the universe that were previously missed. This time is not a time of worry, but a time of pure wonderment. Anxiousness for tomorrow is gone and the embrace of the unknown is here.
When this card is pulled let the only thing one must do is to say thank you. This vibration that is in your heart now is full, you are empty of previous illusion that weighed you down. Say thank you a million times as you move through this life with a clean heart and a willingness to be open. This will clean you out faster than any practice that can be done. Say thank you and know nothing. When we see we are The Wild Unknown itself we can trust in not knowing tomorrow. This is where the miracle unfolds in its majesty. There is no security in planning a future and walking a straight line. Ten of Cups says trust this unfolding and see how your heart only echoes back to you what is inside.
Clarity. Full Power. Forge Forward. High Momentum. All Forces Align. Strength. Confidence. Vision.
The luminous, white horse, staring peering directly at you. Crescent moon on the third eye, pentacle around the neck, and the sun beaming in the background shining light on all aspects of being. The horse is a wild and free creature, intuitive and strong. The white horse signifies what feels good from a deeply intuitive source of wisdom, and to move with full power from this space. The crescent moon on the forehead is showing the strength of following intuition and connecting with this guide through all phases of darkness and light in ones life. Surrendering to the wild unknown. The Chariot is only lead by this most intimate and authentic and natural guide. She does not listen to those who only navigate from the mind because it is known the mind can only take one so far before the spirit yearns to break beyond this limited reality. Logic is useful for practical process, but only by way of surrender to the intuitive movement can one embrace a more full expansion of light. The white horse is a reminder to take the leap felt in order to do what is in alignment with totality of being. The doors will open as alignment refines itself within your being. Any feelings of stagnancy hold back energy that wishes to move forth. We are free to move in this life in a way that corresponds with our intuitive nature, as we learn to allow we begin to see the fruits. Sometimes we may leave an old life to honor the genuine knowing of our next cycle. This leap of knowing and faith can be extremely terrifying, but we must ask what is more terrifying? Surely, delaying our own movement. Are we not still here, living and breathing? The Chariot is the deep knowing it is imperative to make a move take a risk. When we give ourselves full permission to do what is right from our own well of wisdom we will continue to develop this strength. No matter how many times we doubt, become discouraged, or grow weak, the Chariot is the energy that will always not only rise again but forge a unique and authentic path with a renewed strength and deeper wisdom.
The pentacle around the neck of the Chariot is a symbol of wealth and prosperity on all levels. Sometimes it is mistaken for only material wealth. Emotional, spiritual, physical, financial, and all aspects of self are part of this wealth. The Chariot is looking directly at you, the card holder. It is time, right now, to stop delaying that which you love. There is a perceived risk that seems scary, but when you listen to marinate in your own presence and move in the direction felt, you will see how supported you are. The only fear has been a single thought in your mind about all the ways which things could go wrong. You will see when you side with what is true to your heart that you are supported in the most miraculous and other worldly ways. The horse is wild and free tell to evoke our own expression of meaning and freedom within our life. Intuition is the guide which draws from realms we cannot always comprehend and explain, but it is the mystery of this guidance system that leads us away from fear and into the heart center of all galaxies. Whether we choose to delay or not the fire will continue to grow inside. When we accept what is authentic for us to move, energetically primarily, the fire will blaze wildly.
The Chariot requires boldness. To not back down and put off what makes you happy. This card encourages you to forget what others tell you and trust your own inner guide fully. Stand on your own two feet. Be brave. Have faith in your life experiences and see how blessed and miraculous life is. When fear drops away the magic is incredible and unstoppable. As you walk the flowers bloom. You cry and your tears refresh all that no longer serves you. You begin to dance in your life with grace through all experiences that arise before you. There is not one big thing that one needs to wait for, the big thing is happening in each moment. Trust fully and keep riding through the galaxy.