Third Decan Libra Tarot Four Swords, Four of Air: Rest From Strife
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.
Astrological Decan Allocation
This card 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, balanced and expansive period, a result earned through facing and working with the challenges signified by Three of Air.
Once we recognize and abandon the concept of ownership the pressure is off and we become one with natures waves of change.
The lesson here is to understand we are a part of nature and our correct action is to accept the current of nature and not fight against it. Magickal technique teaches us to take control of our perspective, the function which dictates how we experience our interactions with the world outside of ourselves.
This cards title really sums up its influence upon a situation. “Rest from strife” leaves little to no ambiguity on this cards impact upon a situation its with 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 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.
In this example of 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.