The Five of Swords Tarot Card

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- August 29, 2022
Written by Aimi Davis 
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Five Of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

The Five of Swords' arrival should be seen as a stern warning.

If you're a fighter, you need to acknowledge that sometimes it is better to walk away from the challenge and take pride in that walking away was the challenge you overcame, not the fight.

Pick your battles is the message from The Five of swords, don't rush headlong into every confrontation that greets you.

Consider compromise as an effective strategy that you can learn to accept.

Often, the card arrives after a disagreement has already occurred.

The fallout from your last confrontation did more harm than good. Your reputation, dignity, and sense of self were damaged far more by your actions than by your opponent.

The Five of Swords offers some hope, which is their wisdom in seeking forgiveness.

If your current situation does not resonate with the information above, know that you have been marked. 

There will come a time soon when you will be held accountable for your choices.

It is an excellent time to think of ways to manage your responses and retake control of your emotions.

This will serve you positively in the long run.

This detailed article will guide you through a thorough interpretation of the Five of Swords. You're in the right place if you need advice or insight into how this card can help shape your future.

Key facts

  • It is associated with the element of Air.
  • It's represented by the planet Pluto.
  • It is a Minor Arcana Card.
  • The Five of Swords is most closely associated with conflict.
  • Angel number 5 is often interpreted as a chance for new beginnings.

Keyword associations (upright)

  • Conflict.
  • Disagreements.
  • Competition.
  • Defeat.
  • Winning at all costs.

Keyword associations (reversed)

  • Reconciliation.
  • Making amends.
  • Past resentment.

Five of Swords card description

The description of the Five of Swords Tarot Card shows a cunning expression of a man who has just won a battle, carrying three swords in hand.

While he appears smug in his triumph, two swords still lie at his feet, suggesting a new battle could commence if someone picked them up.

A threatening sky of clouds hangs above the scene, suggesting something more sinister than a straightforward victory.

The two defeated men seem to have lost their fight, but they may not be done yet.

Clouds are symbolic of transition, and so this win may be short-lived.

Upright position

When The Upright Five of Swords appears, prepare for conflicts that may stem from poor communication skills or emotional awareness.

While you may think that confrontational situations do not allow for many choices, understand that for there to be conflict, there need to be two, not one, opposing forces.

The Five of Swords also proposes that you may lack the ability to take control of your emotions and responses in the heat of the moment.

Being aware that your actions can create a different outcome is powerful.

If you have wronged others recently, now is an excellent time to make amends. However, if that is not an option, you still have the power to forgive yourself.

Remember that a simple apology can go a long way. Carry this mindset with you when dealing with others.

Do you feel the need to overpower and prove your success over others?

And if so, at what cost?

Interrogate your motivation and lead by example.

Reversed position

The Five of Swords denotes conflict, but in the Reverse Position, it suggests that the fight has already come and gone, and now, you want nothing more than to forget that it ever happened.

The Five of Swords reversed suggests that some fights aren't worth fighting.

The fear of losing to a rival can only be conquered when you have lost yourself.

It would help if you tried understanding what it means to lose entirely.

At some point, not everything is worth fighting for, or over, for that matter.

The Five swords Tarot Card may indicate that you are still healing from a past or ongoing conflict.

If your life is in fear that things may escalate again, learning to forgive and forget will bring peace to you.

You may still be coming to terms with a past confrontation.

But this is now a time to forgive. You have an opportunity to break the cycle by playing outside of the rules.

Apologize, forgive, and you will have won something more precious for yourself than you know.

Love and relationships

The Five of Swords represents a range of relationship difficulties in a love reading.

If you and your partner have not experienced harmony in your relationship recently, perhaps now is the right time to surrender rather than oppose.

Egos that cannot make room for one another in a relationship cannot survive alongside one another.

Every relationship has its dynamics; however, if you are made to feel less by your actions than your partners, it is time to change your behavior.

Question your motives, and engage with your partner.

Be open to compromise and forgiveness.

Understand that surrender is an option. Drop your sword, or turn away.

For single people, The Five of Swords suggests that you may discover that you have put your faith in the wrong person.

Compromise may not work here, and you might have to lose this one, but rest assured, you will be better once on the other side. 

Career and finance

In a career reading, The Five of Swords Tarot Card can signal a potentially abusive relationship in the workplace that would benefit from more assertiveness and better communication.

Conflicts in the workplace are a part of life. But, like any relationship, they need to be managed constructively.

In the same breath, this card could signal a lack of self-awareness regarding your interpersonal relations.

If you've been having trouble with a colleague or a boss, remember to look inward before jumping to conclusions about them.

The Five of Swords Tarot Card calls for you to reflect on the energy you bring to the environment if you want to resolve it and feel better about yourself.

When faced with the conflicting Five of Swords, remember that while things are difficult in your professional life right now, you can gain from these obstacles.

Your financial situation has brought about conflict with those around you.

A loved one, partner, or family member may pressure you to part with some of your money.

Remain firm and cautious about who your trust with your finances through this period.

Is the Five of Swords a yes or no card?

The Five of Swords tells us no.

Generally considered a bad omen, when this card is drawn from the tarot spread, any questions met with this Minor Arcana Card should be respected until the situation changes.

Money may also, at this point, be very tight. 

Allow yourself to make the right choices for a more stable outcome.  

Important Card Combinations

The Five of Swords Tarot Card meanings can shift as new combinations are made during a reading. Be aware of the different messages and how they inform one another.

The Lovers

When The Lovers Tarot Card is presented in combination with the Five of Swords, it's not a good omen, thought of as the "Wrong Choice" combination.

A bad match, not necessarily romantic, has been made.

Justice Reversed

The Five of Swords shows that individuals will treat you completely without empathy.

Suppose you are unfortunate, and Justice in the reversed position appears. 

In that case, someone will attempt to hurt your good-name reputation with false accusations and lies.

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