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What I really like about this 4 of Swords is that it shows us something more active then the typical 4 Swords with a sleeping figure. The figure here is sitting calmly in a protected space, but he appears to be deep in contemplation or meditation. He's holding his pearls as one might hold a set of rosary beads, and he may be praying for guidance or enlightenment.

I see so much more here then the more typical interpretations. The figure is not giving in to mental and physical exhaustion. He is actively participating in his own mental recovery, and he is gathering energy for the next leg of his journey. It's a more powerful and healing image for me.
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