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4 of Swords: Truce

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Dec. 17th, 2008 | 11:15 pm
music: Jefferson Airplane's The Worst Of Jefferson Airplane : Plastic Fantastic Lover (Live)
posted by: shatterstripes in silicon_dawn

Don't ask me why, but I feel like doing another one of these tonight.

The Four of Swords is "Truce". A human woman and a dark elf of some sort sit in the space defined by four swords thrust into the ground and share a pipe. And play footsie. Outside, a battle rages.

In general, the Fours are about pauses and stability. In the 'active' suits (Swords and Pentacles) they're a welcomed pause; in the 'passive' suits (Cups and Wands) they're an unpleasant, decaying pause.

This is a card of peace, of sorrow's end. It may be an all-too-brief moment of calm amidst a storm; it may be the beginning of a change for the better. Do you see these two women as powerless soldiers of opposing armies, or as a pair whose quiet dialogue can lead to the end of hostilities?

Note that the two swords in the front also appear as the dialogue in Cruelty (9S), while the two in the back reappear in Ruin (10S). Peace emerges from communication; without that it's all too easy to descend into cruelty or mutual ruin.

Calmness has to be fought for sometimes. And anxiety is always waiting. But there are tools to help the fight.

If the question you're asking the deck is "Should I get high tonight?" and this card turns up, you can treat it as an unequivocal "yes".

As a final note, I'm a bit deceptive in the art here - there are are actually seven swords on this card, if you count the ones wielded by the silhouette on the other side of the windows. Or is that a tryptich depicting battles past, part of a war memorial these two women are sitting amidst? Swords is a cunning, deceptive suit.

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