Sola Busca Tarot (1491): Four of Swords
Swords were typically depicted with curved blades in ancient tarot decks to distinguish them from staves. They correspond to the playing card suit of Spades, (in Italian, spada means sword). This suit represents the element Air, and the social classes of Nobility and Military. Swords are considered a Masculine suit. Swords typically represent intellect, reason, mental clarity, and the sciences. They may also represent conflicts surrounding the questioner.
The Fours typically concern consolidation, stability, peacefulness, harmony, completion, perfection, and family. Four can also represent not sharing, selfishness, cliques, self-involvement, and a lack of concern or acknowledgment of others.
Contemplation. Recuperation. Passivity. Relaxation. Rest. Solitude.
Vigilance, retreat, solitude, hermit's repose, exile, tomb and coffin. This card is mostly associated with a peaceful, still place. It reflects withdrawal, getting away and shifting the focus inwardly so that recovery and healing can take place.
Reversed Meaning: Restlessness. Burn-out. Lack of progress. Isolation.
This card can represent an inability to find peace and solitude, a feeling of restlessness and frustration, or a feeling that solitude is overwhelming or negative.