The Thoth 4 of Swords--Truce & The Night Sun Tarot-4 of Swords Tarot Card:
Represents the equal focus of the four states of conscious;
Hence The Tarot, 4 of Swords, is seen as the meditative, negotiating, and conflict resolving intellect.
With the flexibility of Jupiter (sign on top of card) and the balancing and non-positional influence of Libra (sign at bottom of the Thoth card, right upper of Night Sun) this truce making mind that is a four fold process of the four states of consciousness. This four fold process is shown by the four swords (swords represents mind) all meeting at the points in the Lotus of 4 tiers, on the Thoth Card; the lotus is a symbol of the enlightened mind.
The Tarot 4 of Swords card is called the 4 fold way;
The Night Sun Tarot card shows an awkward balance being held by the feminine Sword master. Emphasizing the weakness of a Truce, for no battle has been won by any side. All combatant's just got tired of a stalemate, so they have agreed to "take a break"; however, war is still declared and Machiavellian solutions are secretly sought by all sides.
However, Truce, no matter how weak, is still an opportunity to move through the issues of conflict which tend to stall our mental processes; represented by the web-like back ground of the Thoth card, and the sacred geometry art-yellow background of the Night Sun Tarot. Yellow is the color attributed to Air/Mind.
The color green represents regeneration and yellow represents the deeply spiritual mind and/or the color for Air, the alchemical element of Sword tarot cards.
Therefore, Rest from strife, is the general meaning of this card. Issues, relationships or something in the querent's life has come to full resolution on all four levels of awareness--mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical.
Astrologically, Jupiter in Libra, is a compassionate and sensitive position. Therefore, the 4 of Swords card is also representative of a healthy seclusion, where one is voluntarily taking time-off from adversarial situations as they rest and recuperate. Hence, the intellect is relinquishing control and allowing peace from the stress generated by juggling the contrary, as convincingly shown on the Night Sun Tarot.
Sometimes this card also signifies convalescence and recuperation from a illness specifically generated by the psychosomatic union of body and subconscious mind to establish a consciously involuntary rest period.
To a Qabalist, the 4 of Swords card represents Chesed in Yetzirah; the influence of Mercy in the Astral word. There is also a connection between the 3's and the 4's that is extremely complex, as the 4th Sephiroth Chesed is masculine in expression, but is also feminine in reception.
However, by just remembering the important characteristic that the 4's are "below the Abyss", meaning they are responsible for solidification and materialization of the element they represent. Thus, the Fours explain that things/ideas have become manifest and expressed as the Rule of Law.
If you've been following, along in my past blogs, you may know that the 4th Sephiroth, Chesed/Mercy is the Universal Architect. Hence, the 4's suggest perfection, realization, completion and fixing a matter to a rock solid stability.
In the 4 of Swords, this stability is a form of Truce, where equal tension, makes a stability of mental powers.
The 4 of Swords represents Chesed in Yetzirah, influencing the Astral world.
As you may know, mental creation happens in the Astral World before the manifestation is solidified in the Material World.
Since you are a persona of a Soul/Psyche; a collective composed of "past life" experiences, you may not be able to clearly see that you are not a body....You really are a Yod (hand of God) and/or a Spiral entity-of microwaves in the Universal Collective Unconscious. Hence, your Real body, is the Tree of Life....the homo sapiens body is the incarnation, where everything comes together for sensual purposes, and resides within the Multiple- Invisible orb- shaped evolutions of Light that is the Aura and Chakras (how the body absorbs the energy of the 7 bodies of light in your Aura), i.e., you are your very own Tree of Life. That Invisible Psyche of you is as Jupiter, a benevolent ruler and in this card, Jupiter is in Libra. Thus the normal destructive Swords, are put to rest in the munificent, benevolent and loving nature of Jupiter.
On the Thoth Tarot card,The Rose of Sophia (Wisdom) is restored and consciousness is settled. Hence, rest from strife is implied by the pictorial story of 4 of Swords. Again, Jupiter in Libra radiates compassion and sensitivity showing the Mercy that is Chesed, allowing you a respite from self-mental-abuse. Here Jupiter claims authority in the intellectual world. Arguing for convention, Jupiter restores mental balance after the chaos of arbitrary thought.
In the Qabalistic Thoth card, the hilts of the Swords, are formed into the corners of the St. Andrew's Cross, suggesting the rigidity and fixation, that is implied in the 4. The Rose of 49 petals, in which the Swords are sheathed, suggesting social harmony.
However, there is also a suggestion of compromise. As does Crowley, I find this compromise to be a less than positive factor. For it is an act of an indolent mind, that would rather be pusillanimous and compromise for social peace rather than work out the thought/idea through the promised struggle. However, it must be to keep the peace but peace at any cost, which is not always preferable.
Since, there is no opposition in any of these symbols, The 4 of Swords proclaims the idea of authority in the intellectual world and the dogma and the law concerning it. Therefore, in an arbitrary manner, the 4 of Swords represents a refuge from chaos and argues for convention.
When the 4 of Swords-Tarot Card, is thrown during a reading it can represent:
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