Tarot Four Swords, Four of Air: Rest From Strife
Third Decan Libra
Tarot Four Swords, Four of Air and each of the Minor Arcana cards numbered Four, express attributes of Chesed, the fourth sphere on the QBL Tree of life. whose title is Mercy.
Sephirothic Planetary Correspondence
The planetary correspondence of Chesed is Jupiter and each of the minor arcana cards, numbered “Four”, exhibit this planet’s quality colored by their corresponding elemental suit of fire, water, air or earth.
These four suits correspond to the four worlds of the QBL: Fire: Atziluth, Water: Briah, Air: Yetzirah and Earth: Assiah.
Tarot Four Air Astrological Decan Allocation
Four of Air, is allocated to the Third decan of Libra whose planetary attribution is Jupiter.
The combination of Libra and decan planetary attribute of Jupiter is summed up in the card’s title of Rest From Strife.
Jupiter in Libra indicates a harmonious and balanced period of positive expansion, a result derived from facing and working with the challenges signified by the previous card Three of Air. Once we recognize and abandon the concept of ownership the pressure is off and we become one with the waves of change.
Tarot Four of Air’s title really does sum up its influence upon a question. “Rest from strife” leaves little to no ambiguity on the cards impact upon a situation, its appearance indicating recovery after and through struggle. It is important to keep in mind however, as with each of the cards, that they represent “single events”, one small phase, of ongoing cycles. Each cycle expands our practicality in addressing issues, empowering us to spiral ever onward to the quintessence of our objectives.
The lesson Four Swords Four Air teaches, it is through personal life experiences we come to comprehend our enmeshment in the fabric of nature. It is to understand, sacrifice of personal obsessions on the altar of cosmic consciousness dispels our alienation from a universe which is the source of our sustenance.
If we choose to embrace the current of nature, letting its emissions flow through us, we reintroduce into ourselves the intoxicating influences of creativity and individuality which it exemplifies. Our alternative is denying its ascendancy, fighting against it because we choose the path of addiction restraints becoming little more than drones restrained by fear.
Magickal technique is a method that releases us from a state of thraldom because its disciplines transform our frames of reference stimulating us to take control of our sense of perspective. Perspective is the function which dictates how our personalities experience interactions with the world outside of ourselves. This philosophy is known as Hodos Camelionis “The Path of the Chameleon”.
The character qualities of the court card Prince of Water, Air of Water are those best suited to receive and translate the specific ancestral voice of this decan.
Prince of Water expresses a calm outward personality that conceals a fierce nature if threatened. However, the qualities of Tiphareth, the sephirah to which this card is allocated, will detract from the more brutal aspects. This is paramount for ensuring the negative qualities of this Prince card do not run out of control resulting in irreversible situations. Whatever this individual’s motives, they will always be executed with a smile.
In our failure to understand what any minor arcana card is saying, we should allow ourselves to be driven back to our specific inner voice of the decan for resolution.
Four of Air, the conjunction of major arcana cards Justice and Wheel, corresponding to Libra and Jupiter, are the specific signature of this decan. Their synthesized influence will be projected through the personality type represented by the Prince of Water whose elemental quality is Air of Air.