Daily Tarot Card

A tarot card of the day, every day of the year

the Daily Tarot Card
for February 04, 2023

How to interpret the Daily Tarot

This tarot card gives insight into the forces, people, events or spiritual states that will have significance today. The relevance of this particular tarot card may reference a general trend for the entire day, or a news event or something specific which occurs at some point within a 24 hour period.

NOTE: All tarot cards selected for Tarot of the Day are always in the upright position and do not use inverted positions. Need an inverted meaning? Check our complete tarot reference.

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The Meaning of the "Four of Swords"
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The Symbolism of the Four of Swords

The Four of Swords card depicts the tomb of an honored and noble knight.

On top of the tomb is a sculpted effigy of the knight dressed in his armor, hands raised in a position of peaceful meditation and prayer for all eternity.

On the wall above the tomb are 3 mounted swords, pointing downwards towards the knight, signifying his death in battle.

A fourth blade rests on the side of the tomb in the traditional orientation, representing the knight's own sword — and an honorable warrior's burial.

Next to the hanging swords, a beautiful stained-glass window overlooks the tomb. The image in the stained-glass depicts the knight as a young child, learning at his mothers knee in a pastoral family setting..

NOTE: The customary interpretation of the three hanging swords above the knight is that they signify 'death in battle'. But another, perhaps more interesting interpretation, is that the artist, communicating using the language of tarot, literally drew a simple Three of Swords card onto the wall above the tomb — representing sadness, mourning and loss.

How to Interpret the Four of Swords

In the simplest sense, the Four of Swords indicates a rest after a challenge, ordeal or a long stretch of work.

... a strategic pause to regroup, reassess and recharge — before re-entering the fight ...

The more subtle interpretation though is that the Four of Swords represents a strategic pause to regroup, reassess and recharge — before re-entering the fight. In other words, the card does not represent rest after completion, but rather a short hiatus before resuming.

The suggestion here is that some larger challenge has not gone particularly well. Losses have been incurred and injuries sustained — but the greater fight continues. Some time may be needed to consolidate one's energy, financial position or personal conviction before re-engaging.

This 'necessary pause' may also suggest a time to reconsider one's approach or strategy. Consider resuming from a different angle of attack. Is there something that can be changed to improve one's performance? Now is the time to change or pivot.

In a relationship reading this may indicate some distance between you, either physical or emotional, for a short period of time. It does not indicate a break-up or the end of a relationship — just personal time.

The Four of Swords is neither a positive card nor a negative card. It represents a short time of reassessment, stillness and meditation.

The Four of Swords Inverted

As with the upright position of the Four of Swords, the reversed Four of Swords indicates the need for a temporary retreat. Work and stress are taking their toll on someone and a brief respite to get thoughts in order and tweak the game-plan a little is not only recommended, it's essential.

...finding time to retreat and regroup is going to be nearly impossible.

The inversed position of the Four of Swords isn't good news in that regard; It means finding time to retreat and regroup is going to be nearly impossible. You may need that break, but that doesn't mean the break is coming.

A hard slog is indicated. The road from this point forwards isn't easy or forgiving and every minute counts.

But even if one can't afford a few days time to reconsolidate, there are always 5 minute gaps to think about the big picture. Use those minutes wisely.

The inverted Four of Swords is a somewhat negative card. It doesn't imply a loss or a defeat, but it does imply a difficult period of one's life with little time to rest or regroup.

NOTE: The Tarot of the Day card is intended to be read in a general sense and is not meant to address any specific questions. You can think of this card as representing a universal or widely-shared event. A daily tarot card is not the same as a card pulled individually as part of a personal reading.

So what is a daily tarot card?

We sometimes get asked "what the point" of the Daily Tarot is. After all, with our ever popular ZodiacTarot tarotscopes which are far more specific to each individual's zodiac sign, what's the less-specific "daily tarot card" for anyway?

The short answer is: We all live in the same universe. Not 12 different universes. iFate has dozens of other oracles, divination systems, horoscopes and tools for expanding personal insight. All of these tools offer unique and specific guidance. The daily tarot card isn't one of them.

The point of the daily tarot card is to unify our experience around just one important facet of foresight. It's not an Aries, Libra or Capricorn "thing". It's a humans thing. From that perspective, the daily tarot should not be taken as 'personal' guidance per se -- but as a blunt tool for understanding (or predicting) something more general.

A daily tarot card might represent:

  • A more general trend.
  • A large event.
  • An important announcement.
  • The significance of some high profile person.

What to look for in a daily tarot card

We would never suggest a 'right way' or a 'wrong way' to interpret the daily tarot card, but we do pay attention to what the cards are telling us:

When minor arcana cards appear in the daily tarot, we look for the message in more mundane, ordinary things. When major arcana cards appear in the daily tarot, they tend to speak to large, "macro" forces at work in our lives or on the world stage.

Likewise, when court cards (Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings) appear in the daily tarot, we look for the significance of a corresponding person in our day.

Needless to say, the Tarot of the Day doesn't replace more direct, user-specific readings. But since we've been pulling daily tarot cards on iFate.com since late 2007, we've always felt they add a framework for every day -- a theme which more often than not becomes apparent as our day progresses. We hope you agree.

If you have any questions about our daily tarot cards or any other iFate feature, please don't hesitate to use the "contact us" link in the footer.


A daily tarot card for your horoscope sign

iFate also draws daily tarot cards for every horoscope sign. Select your sign from the list below to see which tarot card applies to you today.

Unlike the daily tarot card, which sets a more general theme for the day, these tarot cards meld astrology with tarot and seek a shared influence for each zodiac sun-sign.

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