Four of Swords, Jungian Tarot
I am such a fan of C.G. Jung and his writings, but not so much of this deck...!
Very peculiar interpretation of the teachings of Jung, and equally peculiar interpretation of the Tarot.
Card: Four of Swords - Imagination
"The energies represented by this cad are among the most positive of the deck. Indeed, imagination is the key to human progress; creative vision is that which carries civilization forward in the arts, in science, in politics, and in every aspect of society. Here the mind touches upon an inner "something" which can enervate and inspire, a condition which makes the person very attractive to others, who are delighted with the projection of artistic and poetic thoughts. So this is a card of good feelings, of caring, and of friendship. It also relates to mysticism and to religious feelings because the source of one's imagination remains a secret to others. At worst there may be secret treachery or a rather negative fluidity of ideas producing an inability to focus. At best, The Four of Swords stands for a magical journey into unconscious possibility and the bringing back of ides and images which affect daily life in some way. But there can also be a very basic mundane interpretation. The card can mean, quite simply, a good and safe journey."
Not at all "the usual take" on S4! Which goes something like "rest, recharge, retreat", and
"The Four of Swords tells you to rest before you take on the next challenge. You have reached an important first milestone and must recharge your energy before the next phase begins so you are refreshed and ready to go."
"The Four of Swords suggests the need for seclusion. You need solitude to negotiate your situation and time apart from others to gather your thoughts and feelings. Following on from the painful loss of the Three of Swords, this Four suggests your need to spend time alone to re-evaluate your life. Solitude, although often difficult to bear, is necessary for you to recharge your batteries and rejuvenate your spirit. This solitary experience always bears fruit in greater inner strength and confidence. Retreat from pain, conflict and distractions, and rid yourself of stress and anxiety. Ground and re-charge yourself." (biddy)
So, I don't know whether to listen to the words of the actually drawn card, or to focus on the "theme and the usual interpretation" - or to the fact that the clash of interpretations mirrors how uncertain I am on how to read my own situation!