Five of Swords Tarot Card

Five of Swords Tarot Card
Tarot Card Meanings: Tarot Reading and Understanding The Five of Swords Tarot Card

 The Five of Swords warns that your behavior may be negatively affecting you or someone else.  This is a good time to evaluate your actions. Are they destructive?

Upright Five of Swords Tarot Card Meanings in a Tarot Reading
In an upright position, the Five of Swords could indicate that someone you know may be negatively affecting you. When this is the case, the Five of Swords indicates that someone may wish to challenge you. Usually this is in the form of competition such as fighting for a job promotion. The Five of Swords tarot card meanings may also refer to a battle of the egos. In other words, you or someone else may be trying to out do the other. This is the time to check your pride. Perhaps there is a situation in which you have over faced yourself.  In a tarot reading, the Five of Swords reflects the use of manipulation and selfishness. Be careful that you do not lose yourself in a battle. Winning is not everything. Before you continue, consider the consequences. You may get what you want, but it will not be as fulfilling as you hoped. If you choose to seek counsel, make sure it is with someone you trust. Hostility is in the air.

When the Five of Swords comes up in a tarot spread, it is important to examine your relationships with those around you. Traditionally, the Five of Swords can indicate betrayal and deceit. It can also represent defeat. You might consider the possibility that someone you know may not be worthy of your trust. There may be gossip or underhanded actions. In relationship readings, the Five of Swords indicates arguing and complications. One person may get hurt. Perhaps there were cruel words or unwanted behaviors. Too much focus is spent on being "right".

  • Lack of sensitivity for others
  • Legal complications
  • Hostile atmosphere
  • Foul play or Fraud
  • Conflicts at home or work place

Reversed Five of Swords Tarot Card Meanings in a Tarot Reading
When the Five of Swords appears reversed in a tarot reading, it often indicates that your current situation may not prove to be successful. Dishonesty and intimidation are affecting your current circumstance. You may feel degraded or humiliated. You may find yourself being bullied.

The Five of Swords reversed also represents a need to explore your sense of victimization. Are you playing victim? Blaming others will only make matters worse. This is a good time to get accountable for your own actions.  Perhaps your self-esteem is down due to feelings of failure or humiliation. This is the time to explore other areas that build you up, not break your down. On a psychological level, the Five of Swords reversed often reflects inner conflicts and battles within oneself. Your actions and values may not be harmony.

In a tarot reading, the Five of Swords can have a positive element. Sometimes this card can represent the end of gossip and competition. Order will be restored and you can, once again, lay down your swords. The battle is over.

  • Gossip
  • Deceitful intentions from others
  • Passive Aggression
  • Need to assert oneself

For more on the Five of Swords and relationships, see the Love Tarot section.

© 2010 All Rights Reserved. Images of individual tarot cards are from the Aquatic Tarot Deck created by Andreas Schröter and are used with his permission. They are for example purposes only.


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