The Four of Swords is the card I’ve nicknamed the R&R card – for rest and relaxation. It indicates a need for quiet and contemplation, and to take a break. The picture is of a napping dragon with his (her?) four swords.
“Near Future” in the Celtic Cross usually means, in my experience, from two to six weeks. Boy, I wish that the Four of Swords would take effect! Since the initial date of this reading, things have accelerated instead of calmed down, and I certainly need the Four of Swords, but I don’t see the opportunity to take advantage of it anytime soon. Stolen moments just aren’t doing it.
Notice that there is an energy line from the past through the present crossed cards to the future: The Page of Cups (which needs nurturance) moves into the Four of Cups (sorrow and depression) crossed by Temperance (the need for balance) to the Four of Swords (time out).
Two triangles are also formed: From the Page of Cups up to The Empress to the Four of Swords – a new creative endeavor that needs nurturance, to creative fulfillment to time for rest; the second triangle is the bottom one – the same need for nurturance pushed by a need for creative thinking (and a warning of guile from someone nearby) to the time of rest.
Both those energy triangles play off each other, and the straight energy line pushes through. So you build your interpretation with all these different angles.