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Four of Swords
by The 78th Fool

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Two sleepers, identical twins face each other across a dark, stormy sky, riven by sharp bursts of sunlight. Between them are four crossed swords in perfect balance. The element is Air. The sleeping twins give a sense of cold stillness, almost hibernation.


The Twins represent the opposition of equals who have agreed to lay down their hostility. They sleep to symbolise the rest and peace that ensues from this. Iíve used the element or air rather than fire. This is to emphasise a cold, rational conflict a clash of minds. Four is a number of solidity and stability, which is in opposition to the concept of conflict. An expression of this for me is in the laying down of weapons.

Card Meaning

Following the heartbreak of the three of Swords, this is the calm after the storm. Itís when the fight has run its course or when both combatants agree to withdraw/differ for constructive reasons. Itís the period of cooling off after recriminations or withdrawing in order to gain a clearer picture. Coming to this point results in a sense of rest and regeneration. It can also be the period of calm negotiation after the realisation of irreconcilable differences.

Artistic Media

Adobe Photoshop.

Artist's Bio

The 78th Fool fell in love with Fergus Hallís Tarot of the Witches at the age of thirteen. After buying this, a Swiss 1jj and Rider Tarot he knew that he wanted to design his own deck. He finally got around to it twenty four years later better late than never! Heís the creator of the Butler Tarot, is a freelance artist and He lives and works in London, England. Go back to the project index, read the traditional card meaning, or get a free tarot reading with this deck.

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