The Druid Craft Tarot- Four of Swords, suggests the same meaning as the Thoth 4 of Swords-Truce. Here we have a Celtic Warrior, relaxing comfortably in a tree bower, with one swords at rest across his lap, and three swords propped up against the tree. The sword across his lap suggests a truce has been agreed to, but that the battle is not over. Since this is exactly what a truce is, an un-won battle, were both parties are just tired of fighting at the moment. Both will rest up, reorganize and begin the battle again.
Chesed the 4th Sephiroth (numbered circle) on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, is the Universal Architect. Hence, the 4's suggest perfection, realization, completion and fixing a matter to a rock solid stability.
In the Four/4 of Swords, this stability is a form of Truce, where equal tension, makes a stability of mental powers.Therefore, the 4 of Swords represents Chesed in Yetzirah, influencing the astral world.
As you may know, mental creation happens in the fluid light of the Astral-Formative- World of the Psyche; before the manifestation is solidified in the Material World. Now you may not be able to clearly see that you are not a body....You really are a Yod (hand of God) in the Collective Unconscious, so your Real body, is the Tree of Life, the Body of the Adam Khadmon (the Fool-Whole Spirit)....the human body is the incarnation, for sensual purposes, of your "dreams" and resides with in the solar corona of the Invisible you. That Invisible you is as Jupiter, 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.
The Rose of the Great Mother, is restored and Consciousness is settled, and a rest from strife is implied by the Thoth 4 of Swords. Jupiter in Libra radiates compassion and sensitivity showing the Mercy that is Chesed.
Here Jupiter claims authority in the intellectual world. Arguing for convention, Jupiter restores mental balance after the chaos of arbitrary thought.
In the 4 of Swords card, the hilts of the Swords, are formed into the corners of the St, Andrew's Cross, suggesting the rigidity and fixation implied in the 4. The Rose of 49 petals, in which the Swords are sheathed, suggesting social harmony.
Thus there is 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 issue through the promised struggle. However, it may be to keep the peace; but peace at any cost, is not always preferable and one must never compromise the virtue of the inner-self.
When the Four/4 of Swords -Truce, is thrown during a reading:
- There is mental understanding of a matter, or a relationship coming to full resolution on four levels of mental awareness: The Rational, The Emotional of the Unconscious, The Spiritual, and the Subconscious of the Physical.
- Implications of problems that should not be ignored; listen to the inner self and answers will be restored.
- A holding pattern after mastering a difficult mental situation.
- Retreat or withdrawal necessary to heal or hide, by creating a protected mental space. Here insight can be generated by seclusion.
- A moment of logic and discriminating intelligence of integrity and planning.
The negatives of this card are often; a bout of illness in order to recuperate. The intellect is relinquishing control back to the body so that a time out from problems and solutions are achieved as the body has only one focus; that of getting better.