It's a funny card, this 4 of Swords. At first glance I thought, this poor, exhausted knight, sleeping in the sanctuary of his beloved and trusted church is going to be killed by his swords. I always imagined this would be a very unpleasant occurrence for a knight who apparently has faith in his work and trust in his God.
Then, I looked at this card. I began to examine the surroundings of this knight, the colors of his bed, his clothes, his surroundings. The incredibly beautiful symbolism of this card. What was the actual meaning conveyed in this pure artistry?
Of course, I could look the meaning up in my handy dandy library of tarot books or on the numerous sites available on Google, but alas,
I don't do easy.
It is a curse as well as a gift this "take the long way home" brain of mine.
Where a dull pencil and ruler would result in one nail hole to hang a picture, I choose to make roughly six nail holes.
When using GPS would make for a more comfortable trip, I decided to take numerous paths just to make sure I know all the ways to get there...
I decided to absorb all this card was saying to me over the course of a few days.
Thinking over and over and over about the meaning and how it would portray in my life and the lives of others.
Each client became the sleeping knight.
I wondered what would make someone sleep, in a church, on a golden pillow, below a beautiful stained glass window with swords over his head.
Maybe he's dead.
What is he thinking?
He's NOT thinking.
He's NOT praying.
He's NOT sleeping.
He's NOT under his swords.
He's NOT dead.
He's RECHARGING his soul.
The Knight has absolute faith in his souls work and while all souls are meant to thrive there is an element of struggle and battle.
You are a soul having a human experience.
You know this, you preach this, the knight never forgets this.
The knight places his swords on the wall of his temple. He rests on the bed he has created in his temple.
He places his one golden sword beside him while he lies contentedly, prayer hands, face up, in the golden glow of Angels and Illumination.
He knows that it is in these times of complete faith, he will know his next step. He meditates in the Cathedral of his soul. Aligning himself with all that is and all that will ever be.
Yes! Of course.
The 4 of Swords reminds us to put down the swords.
The battle well fought and the victory sweet.
The time now is to rest, recover, rejuvenate, grow.
This card reminds us that, in the words of my Spiritual teacher, Michael Bernard Beckwith,
We are at a choice-point in every moment of each circumstance, each activity, spoken word, and thought.
Do we live in a minefield or a garden?
When we live in a minefield mentality, we explode with the weeds of worry, doubt, fear, lack, and limitation.
We must choose to cultivate our inner garden.
We must stop looking outside for help. We are sourced and fuelled and funded by a renewable resource, which is within us.
It never runs out.
It is the Essence of our lives, and the universe corresponds to the nature of our song.”
Go within now.
Have faith in all that is and all that will be.
Allow your soul's growth to take form in whichever way it shows itself.
Align yourself with your SOUL-self.
Do it now.
Jennifer Belanger is an
~Intuitive Tarot Reader~ Medium~
~Certified Chakra Therapist~
~Certified Energy Therapist~Licensed Massage Therapist~EFT Practitioner
who specializes in Body and Soul Therapies
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