Four of Swords

4 of Swords from Anecdotes Tarot: a projection of a four-dimensional shape

Time is taller than Space is wide.

Joanna Newsom, “Waltz of the 101st Lightborne” (Divers, 2015)

Image Description

There are four interlocking squares: one pink, one light blue, one gold, and one green. Other lines are drawn to connect each pairs of vertices of the four main squares. These lines are colored in gradients of pink, blue, gold, and green. The shape appears in a gray and cloudy sky.


This card creates a means to order the world. It shares a song with VII. Waltz of the 101st Lightborne, but focuses on the achievement and vision of time-travel rather than the consequences shown in the trump card. The image is a 2-dimensional projection of 3-dimensional projection of a hypercube, one of the most famous 4-dimensional figures. The Four of Swords signifies theoretical scientific and mathematical pursuits, and success in those fields.

The Four links to the Seven of Swords, which expands in the four cardinal directions.