The Four of Pentacles indicates a break from the routine, a pause, a desire to find peace of mind, a process of healing, of recuperation. The King of Pentacles is extremely practical, methodical, and he is associated with professional, financial or practical matters. In his negative manifestation he can be stubborn, boring, conservative and short-sighted. The combination of the two cards describes a balanced and calm situation or a pause in activities.
The elements of the cards are Air (Four of Swords) and Earth (King of Pentacles). A neutral combination in which the Earth card often attempts to oppose the Air Card by absorbing its energy, through a gravitational pull. Therefore, the energy of the King of Pentacles may hinder the dynamic of the Four of Swords, in whatever it's trying to achieve.