Your Passport to an Endless Summer with the Four of Swords

Meredyth Masterson
10 min readAug 16
Photo by Roberto Nickson on Unsplash

This morning we welcomed the New Moon in Leo, and that means the last weeks of summer and August are here.

Perhaps you’re going on a vacation, or maybe you’re already back into the school year. The end of summer can feel bitter-sweet, and it’s often tinged with regret. I know for myself it’s historically been the case that summer is over in a blink of an eye, and I’m left wondering why I didn’t go camping, or even to the beach.

For most of us, it’s not easy to relax, even when we’re off the clock. Planning a vacation can be stressful, but even more than that, taking time away from work and other responsibilities can kick up feelings of guilt, anxiety, and fear. Our brains are constantly bombarding us with to-do lists, future worries, and noise.

We know that rest is fundamental for our health, but we can experience anxiety and guilt just for taking a nap. In order to work with our minds’ tendency to overload, we can call upon the wisdom of the Four of Swords for support.

As we stretch out into these last weeks of August, and as you set your intentions for this New Moon, I want to share how the Four of Swords card can provide you with a structure to enjoy a guilt-free vacation, a restorative night’s sleep, or simply a quiet walk outside.

With some Four of Swords wisdom, you can access the peace of a childhood afternoon, the stillness of a sunset, and the frequency of summer’s bliss, any time of year.

I’m excited to talk about the Four of Swords in the context of summer, because in the past I had always considered this a winter card, best explored as a kind of hibernation tool.

One of the greatest parts about working with the Tarot is getting to do ‘field work’ with the cards and expanding my understanding of them. It turns out the Four of Swords is as much a tool for hibernation, as it is for summer vacation. And more.

To share how I got to this understanding, I want to take my story back a bit.

I belong to a business mastermind group that brings together women from all over the world. It’s one of the ways I keep from going crazy while working from home alone. Last summer all the members were complaining about how hot they…

Meredyth Masterson

I write about tarot, life, and I offer Moon manifestation rituals from a joy-informed perspective