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 Journey of the Swords

Four of Swords

Four of Swords...A Time to Heal

by Bonnie Moss 02-2006

In the Rider-Waite deck, a knight lies on top of his tomb, his hands in attitude of prayer. Three swords hang above, a fourth one is fastened to the side of his tomb. The number 4 represent the reality of the world. At times, this number stands for defeat misery and poverty, materially or spiritually.

The suit of Swords represent the element air.It reflects the intellectual capability to handle problems. Swords also denote stress,chaos,infidelities and difficulties.

Life is never a bed of roses. Who has not known pain and anguish.Who has not suffered the wounds of a broken heart. Problems are challenges life throw our way. We navigate through the detours and potholes in our journey. We set sail, aware of the possibility of stormy weather that can develop overnight.

At times, we take more than we can handle.We are caught up in giving ourselves to the call of duty. We tend to justify the demands on our time and energy.We forget that the world will go on, with or without us.

Do you listen to the signs the body is sending to slow down or take a much needed rest? Sorrow and grief need to be acknowledged. A grieving heart affects the spirit deeply. It weakens the mind and the body

How can you search deep within if peace has eluded you? You might even consider a vacation. This is not running away, your woes are still hovering over you, get away from the source of conflict to gain a better perspective.

Time to rest from some difficult times, perhaps the trauma of breakup or departure, relationship or family problems, financial and health worries,stress and conflict.Take a break, this is not the time to make decisions. Not when you are most vulnerable.

Life goes in cycles, sometimes the cycle is up, then it goes down, like the spokes of a wheel. If you feel you need some time to sort out issues,this is the time to do that.

Anxiety and worry cloud our judgment. Perhaps, there is a need to cut some slack for now. What would you change if you are faced with the same situation?

This is a good time to re-evaluate and re-assess your priorities. This is a time to step back and look after your needs, relax , catch your breath, even for a short time, because you have to take the next step, the battle is not over.

Plan the next stage, for lifes problems do not dissipate into thin air .This is the time to pull yourself together, empower yourself so that your thoughts and actions are in harmony with the highest truth of who you are.

There could be a chance at reconciling differences with a change in attitude and perspective.

Deep wounds need healing and this takes time. Retreat is a good start- retreat from all that is worrisome, confusing and aggravating. Quiet time and time alone to reflect is a good way to get energized and prepare to move on.

This is the time to recharge your energies. It is time to heal, mind, body and soul.It is a time to recognize the chaos and confusion that can cause illusions or delusions and make peace so elusive.

Judge not for what is good for you may not have the same effect on the other. Forgiveness offer freedom.

Time is a great healer, if you let it.

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