Today’s Card: Five of Swords
The 5 of Swords depicts three women standing around a cauldron. Two of the witches in the image appear highly distressed and upset. The third, on the other hand, seems proud and happy. She holds a sword in each hand.
In some decks, two figures are walking away in the distance with their swords dropped on the ground. The third is almost always depicted holding two swords and with a slight smile.
Minor Arcana – Swords:
The suit of Swords is associated with the element of Air and represents both conflict and thoughts/intellect.
In general, the 5 of Swords represents conflict and frustration. What’s more, though, this card represents winning at all costs.
Two of the figures in the card are deeply upset while the third appears somewhat smug, standing in victory. Whatever battle they were fighting, she seems to have won. But, at what cost?
This card tends to symbolize an unfair, or even undeserved, victory. It often implies that deception or betrayal has been at play. The winning witch hasn’t won fair and square. Because of this, there will be consequences.
Typically, when this card comes up, it’s a reminder to step back and look at the situation more closely. You may be trying too hard here to win a battle that shouldn’t be fought in the first place. It’s imploring you not to lose sight of the bigger picture – that of friendship and love.
Number Five in Tarot
Once you start reading Tarot, you’ll likely notice some patterns and similarities, one of which being that numbers tend to hold a great deal of meaning.
The 5 of Cups symbolizes being heartbroken and feeling lost. The 5 of Pentacles represents being down on your luck or havig lost your faith in something.
The 5 of Wands, on the other hand, is all about annoyance and petty arguments. There’s conflict and frustration, but it’s not overly dramatic.
And finally, we have the 5 of Swords, where the chaos really comes into play. The conflict from the Wands is no longer minor. Now, it’s highly destructive and, in some ways, self-sabotaging.
One other thing that all of these cards have in common is the theme of self-destruction.
In the 5 of Cups, you’ve been hurt and your heartache is understandable, but you’re willfully ignoring the two full cups sitting behind you to focus on the three that have been knocked over.
The 5 of Pentacles, too, shows that even though you’re going through a rough time, there is help around the corner. In many decks though, this beacon of light is being ignored by the self-pitying figure at the center.
Meanwhile, in the 5 of Swords, you have won, but your victory seems to have come at the cost of friendship. It suggests that you may be hurting yourself in the process of trying to get ahead.
Guidance for Your Love Life
As I stated earlier, the 5 of Swords is generally regarded as a fairly negative card and in romance, that’s no exception. In a love reading, the 5 of Swords suggests a lot of conflict and strife.
Often, the self-destructive implication along with the notion of being underhanded in a victory suggests some type of deep betrayal, such as cheating or infidelity. Other times, it could suggest that you’re holding onto grudges from the past and allowing them to seep into the current relationship.
This card may also suggest that a breakup is likely to happen between you and your partner. There’s been a serious breach of trust, there. Regardless of the reason for the trust-issue, the 5 of Swords is letting you know that there’s been a breakdown in communication and if it’s not fixed ASAP, it will not end well.
When this card comes up, check to see if you’re being overly aggressive about a minor issue. Are you pushing your partner too hard? Is there a conflict that you just can’t let go of?
It may seem like this card is 100% bad, then, but you could also look at this card as simply a warning: maybe this hasn’t happened, yet, but there’s some tension, so pay attention to it now before it gets out of hand.
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