Tarot Card ~ August 19

Four of Swords

Isolt of the White Hands

Fortune Cookie: Carve out some time to just be at peace, take it easy, do what’s comfortable and healing; just let the river flow on by.



A lovely and healing card, and one we haven’t seen since early February. And it’s some good advice for a steamy, thundery August, even though there’s an awful lot going on. In a world that seems overwrought and strained to the gills, in a lotta directions, maybe this card’s guidance does make the most sense.

Now, as I normally ask at the top of the post for this card:

Which one of y’all isn’t getting enough rest, enough recuperation, enough time far from the madding crowd?

[Headline: Tarot Guy Blown Into Low Earth Orbit by Draft as Readers All Raise Hands.]

Look into this card and its advice, then, will ya? But don’t just make it another item on an overly long to-do list. Seek a way to make DIFFERENT choices.

The Four of Swords, then, is a card of respite and recovery. It speaks of moving from a stressful environment to a place of safety, calm and comfort. [Regular Tarot Post readers know I prefer under the bed. If not under the floorboards. Or maybe the Netherlands.] It really is time to take a rest, have a break, maybe have a holiday or in some other way remove yourself from current pressures.

Some readers find that this card speaks of solitude or hermit’s repose. Others see it as predicting renewal.


Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, finds such things as healing, gentle soul searching, convalescing and regaining strength and direction in this card. [And I’ve been finding a lot of clients the past month or so are expressing a feeling of lack of direction. So Looky Here you guys!]

To me, the Four of Swords says:

“Now! Today! [Especially because it’s a Friday!] Make a mini-retreat! Give yourself time and space to rest, recharge, recuperate. As Anna-Marie Ferguson also says, this card recommends you leave a stressful, chaotic situation in order to clear the mind and reevaluate plans ~ so you can refine your sense of where you actually want to go!

Please try hard to carve out at least half an hour, if not most of the day, to just be at peace, take it easy, do what’s comfortable and healing as you let the river (and pretty much everything else) flow by.

And send prayers for those who are in no position to do so.

Bright blessings, peace, calm and healing!

Quote for the Day: Art is a spiritual, immaterial respite from the hardships of life.~ Fernando Botero

Today’s Weather: Default poets reeking. Mine the inspiration of the Sidhe. Toasted cheese served widdershins.

On This Date: 1839 – The French government announces that Louis Daguerre‘s photographic process is a gift “free to the world”.


4 Responses to “Tarot Card ~ August 19”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    “….in a world that seems overwrought and strained to the gills.” Seems you have a way of keeping a pulse on things…and yet offering a helpful antidote: Carve out some time to be at peace.

    A very helpful message as we head to a family reunion. Lots of time to be spent in the outdoors. No river to watch flow by, but there’s a lovely little lake, lots of trees…and plenty of space. Good times for all.

    Thank you! ~ ~ Donna

  2. shamanspath Says:

    Hope the reuninion is a blessing!

    Have fun.

  3. Donna Allen Says:

    Thank you, Neal. It was great!

  4. shamanspath Says:


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