Five of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Learning About The Minor Arcana - The Swords

Five of Swords Upright Draw Keywords





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Five of Swords Upright Draw Meaning

Conflict is at the epicenter of the Five of Swords in the Suit of Swords. You may either have recently found yourself in the middle of a tumultuous disagreement or are quickly moving towards such hostilities with another person or even group of people. Though you feel that you came out victorious in previous battles, the end result is sadness and isolation. While you pick up the pieces of your chipped armor, nothing mitigates the fact that you are now without allies.

It is important to look at all sides of the chessboard to gain an understanding of others’ opinions instead of attacking them without any regard. If you want to save friendships and other relationships, this skill is pivotal.

The Five of Swords is also about domination. Your conquest—whatever that may be—will soon be over if you remain as adamant as you have been. For the more passive individual, the Five of Swords is a literal call to arms. You must be more aggressive in your approach if you actually want to get over the hurdles that await you. Of course, this win may either be completely hollow or a true prize, depending on your feelings when reaching the goal.

But on the flip side, the Five of Swords can also signal utter defeat. Despite your best efforts and all of your victories, you may simply fail to realize your ambition. Furthermore, those who fought so bravely beside you may turn tail and become traitors to your dream.

Five of Swords In Love and Relationships

Conflict is the name of the love game when it comes to the Five of Swords. Your current relationship, albeit in love or as friendship, isn’t going to work out as you’d hoped. You can only get through this by accepting the reality of the situation. Be honest with how you feel if you want things to end peacefully.

In short, pick your battles wisely, or nothing will feel like an accomplishment.

The Five of Swords heralds bringing out the worst in each other and arguing over things that are in reality not that important. If you have been involved with this cycle as the perpetrator or even the victim it is time to end this cycle as it is just harming all involved. You can’t take some things back and you may harm your relationships beyond repair if you are not careful.

If you are under a domineering and abusive relationship this card is a sign to get out. Seek allies and remove yourself safely as quickly as possible.

Five of Swords In Career And Finances

At work, the Five of Swords means you are your rival. Your beliefs are what is creating the displeasure with work. Don’t try to change the entire system just because you disagree with it. If you don’t like something, you are free to speak your mind.

The Five of Swords can also represent harmful gossip in the workplace. Issues with performance and meditation of all kinds. Words are powerful, be careful how you interact at this time, especially if you are feeling strongly about something or someone.

Conversely, when it comes to money, you need to show more restraint. Start saving money. Also, think about what you don’t need and can sell at yard sales, flea markets, or donate to declutter (and bring in more money). How can you cut expenses? Sometimes, you simply have to ask for help with finances to receive.

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Five of Swords Reverse Draw Keywords


holding on to the past

contemplating revenge


Five of Swords Reverse Draw Meaning

Despite the Five of Swords being a card about dissension and disagreement, the reverse means that you are exhausted and cannot wait for this wartime to be over. You wish nothing more than to focus your energy on something more creative. More beneficial.

You are willing to lay down your swords, so to speak. You wait for resolution with open arms, yet the opposition doesn’t seem to want to let their guard down so easily. In order to move beyond the violence, become a tranquil being. Radiate peace.

If there are raw emotions or old wounds at play here, try to stay away from whatever is causing the pain. Rather than letting history repeat itself, do something different. Either forgive and forget or seek another kind of harmonious resolution.

If the past still feels too raw or you are contemplating opening old wounds, pause. The Five of Swords is asking you to heal those wounds not to go out and create more pain.

Five of Swords Reverse Draw Love and Relationships

You or your significant other are being downright mean and you know it. Someone is sabotaging the relationship and trying to hurt the other person intentionally. In the end, there’s just going to be a lot of pain.

Five of Swords Reverse Draw Career and Finances

Now is not the time to engage in debates and try to get on your high horse. It will not turn out well and there is a high possibility of everything you say is taken out of context. Sometimes people just don’t want to hear it and that is the vibe right now. Save your breath and just walk away.

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Understanding the Rider Waite Imagery For Five of Swords

The Five of Swords often shows a less than welcoming scene but one where we immediacy understand what has gone down. A warrior looks over their shoulder to those turning away. A look of contempt is on this warrior’s face, as if they had either conquered those in the background or feel betrayed by them. Though we can assume this duellist was victorious, for they now carry five swords, the ominous clouds in the sky are a sign that the battle is far from over. We are also left wondering what the victor had to do in order to ‘win’ the day? There is a feeling of uneasiness and malice as if it was not a valiant fight.

The Muse of Tarot For Five of Swords

Tarot Muses are the divine creative source personified. They are invoked to provide support and space for your readings and lend their special gifts in realm of Tarot magic.

Nyx - The Muse of Shadow Work Tarot Reading

Welcome to the Five of Swords. These are the nasty, harsh words and thoughts that we have said to others and to ourselves. Words contain a power that vibrates and creates powerful spells in their own right. Nyx can help acknowledge where those words come from and where they have taken root in your life, allowing you to heal.

About The Swords

The Swords are about thinking and intellect. They represent the challenge, the road and the struggle we go through with truth and clarity. The Swords are challenging us to move our minds into the realm of wisdom. The Swords are the element of air, the season of spring, the direction of east and the colour yellow.