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Five of Swords

Updated: Feb 19

What’s your first impression when you see the Five of Swords? Do you sense viciousness here? Like there are no morals or ethics in this battle. Let us see what this card symbolizes.

Five of Swords Tarot

Five of Swords Meaning - General

Five of Swords means a battle, and a serious one at that! There is victory (more like a smug or overconfident one) and then, there is defeat, utter defeat. The defeated have given up their swords and are walking away. The victor is gloating over the defeat of his competitors.

Remember, when you get this card, it is important to assess who the querent is – is it the victor or the defeated?

In a general sense, Five of Swords in tarot speaks of a very hostile, competitive environment. There is no diplomacy here. It is open dishonour and action. It represents an environment where egos are running very high. Self-interest prevails over general interest.

It could also symbolize communication that is pretty much one-way, that of the victor, who subdues every other opinion or feedback coming his way.

In a very literal sense, at times, Five of Swords can indicate actual physical violence, such as crime, theft, bullying, rape, murder, assault, abuse, etc. Read it as per the situation of the reading and check for supporting cards.

Let us take a closer look at the two human parts to this card –

The Victor – This person represents someone who is over-confident. There could be self-sabotaging behaviour and probably also deception. This person also will go to any extent to accomplish his tasks, even if they are unethical or illegal. It is an attitude that prioritizes the end over the means.

This card could be a warning to guard against these attributes or behaviours. It is a message to be fair to everyone around and communicate respectfully. Check if you have created your own problems through your behaviour. If yes, you need to change your attitude and actions to find a solution to the problems.

The Defeated – There could be a potential message in this card that one needs to stand up for themselves, rather than letting themselves be bullied or challenged by others. You might be feeling stressed, anxious, and completely drained of energy, but walking away may not be the solution to a problem.

Let us look at the Five of Swords in specific contexts of a love tarot reading and career tarot reading. Remember to apply all the above general readings to the below readings as well.

Five of Swords Love

Love Reading for Relationships

This is definitely not a good card to draw in a relationship reading. One clear message with Five of Cups in love is that ego is controlling the relationship, whether it is of the querent or their partner. Someone is accepting defeat and walking away, and the other doesn’t seem to care.

At the extreme end, one could decipher a physically abusive relationship being a part of the problem. There is also an indication of infidelity or cheating by one of the partners. In either case, there is a need to assess the situation and decide whether walking away is the best option.

This card could signal possible divorce or separation.

Love Reading for Singles

Five of Cups in love for singles is a warning to be careful in choosing your dates. Are you dating people with a darker side? Or are you being mean to people? Either way, this is a warning to be nice and choose nice people.

Also, there is a need to adopt a very cautious approach to dating to avoid any hostilities.

Five of Swords Career & Finance

Five of Swords in career indicates stress, extreme conflict, and lack of communication. There is a general message here to not allow yourself to be victimized, but to stand up for yourself.

Also, as we mentioned under the general reading, be careful to not engage in politics at work and not engage in self-sabotaging behaviour. Take decisions based on every stakeholder’s interest, and not just keeping your personal self-interest in mind.

From a financial standpoint, there is a need to stay away from deceptive people. Be careful of who you deal with and avoid any underhand dealings.

It is important to be fair in money matters. Do not cheat and be way of being cheated.

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