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4 of Swords • PORTALS Tarot Print

- Divinatory meaning: The swords (swords are sharp!) are prone to inciting a rather barbed response in the reader. This is the suit we can’t stop pulling when we’re already in the shit and we just want some good news. But sometimes, when we’re going through it (and we understand that through it is the only way out), the best option for our weary hearts and minds is a fucking nap.
Or maybe it isn’t a nap. This card we can file squarely in the beloved “self-care” column. What form does that love for yourself take? A walk in the woods? A new haircut? A drink with a friend? A bath? Some good food? (???) Whatever it is, good news for you: it’s time for these things. Rest, when it is needed, is so necessary for our strength, vitality, and ability to fight on. There is wisdom in knowing when to lay down our swords.
Additionally, removing ourselves one degree from the conflict at hand can also provide some perspective. Your place of rest, wherever you find it, is a sanctuary. When the doors close against the forces in pursuit of your sanity and the din of the world outside muffles, take in the sense of peace these walls around you afford, however temporary their structure may be. This is not avoidance or procrastination. This is preparation for what’s to come.
- Our card: This is one of my favorite pieces. Here, we were inspired by the notion of sanctuary and the myriad forms a safe haven can take, depending on the soul concerned. In our card, mother nature is this place of rest and rejuvenation. Horses, traditionally a companion to mankind in war, sip peacefully in a glacial stream while a hard-laboring man takes his rest nearby. The reflections of the horses in the water add to their number, making them four, the number of the card. A feeling of open, fresh air at high elevations is evoked by marrying lofty human architectural feats with clouds and rocky, untouched landscapes.

Original Art by Savannah Green
Insights by Eryn O'Sullivan

• 10 mil (0.25 mm) thick
• Slightly glossy

4 of Swords • Tarot Print

PriceFrom $55.00
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