Four of Swords represent the getting into action stage of mental processes. At this juncture, other aspects of individuity are in a mode of rest or passivity; letting a contemplation to take place and concentration to happen.
The Four of Swords depicts the effigy of a knight on his tomb, with his hands brought together in the position of a prayer. The tomb seems to be sitting at a church, and the stained glass behind it shows a woman with her child. Three swords are hanging on the wall, and one is lying beneath the effigy of the knight.
The image of the knight symbolizes healing and rejuvenation; while three swords on the wall represent that this healing is from the setbacks suffered during the Three of Swords. The single sword beneath the effigy implies, focusing on one issue and problem, with the hope of rebirth and creativity inspired by the illustration on the stained glass.
Four of Swords is about a period of rest, concentration and contemplation before returning to the challenge. Stressful it might be, sometimes it is necessary to put fighting aside and observe the challenges before moving on with the energy gathered from the emotional aspect of individuity (courage). Being a card of mental focus, Four of Swords calls for seclusion from the surrounding circumstances and reassessment. A person represented by this card would, therefore, be contemplative and rather passive, leading a calm lifestyle. Career-wise, this card indicates a need to get away from a busy schedule to restore mental health. It might also represent a quiet in the financial amarkets, leading a delay in realization of the expectations. In the relationship context, this card would imply a feeling of disconnection, which can be surpassed by taking some time for oneself and communicating the feelings with transparency.
There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.
-Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
All in all, the Four of Swords is a call that asks for a suspension for the sake of mental clarity; which in turn will develop to produce techniques to climb over whatever is congested.