The Five of Swords

Five of Swords Tarot Card

The Five of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

If you have received the Five of Swords in your reading, then you are experiencing evidence at this time that you are having a hard time communicating your ideas to others.

This is the card that is known for ‘writing stories’ in your head that don’t really exist in real life. Really what is happening is you are feeling self-conscious, and you have come up with reasons in your mind to believe that others are out to get you. This is also the card of a pointless battle, one that could have easily been sorted out by communication and understanding, as well as listening to the actual words of those around you instead of guessing or thinking that you know what they are trying to say. Right now, it is becoming difficult to make decisions because you have yourself so tangled in what someone ‘might’ think, when in reality, what they ‘might’ think is none of your business. Anything that is not vocally communicated is painstaking and speculative and is an unhealthy waste of your time.

The image of the 5 of Swords in the deck is depicted with a person who has captured the swords of his adversaries who are leaving, rejected and lost. There are storm clouds in the background. This card shows that you might be the conqueror or the conquered. But neither position has actually won. This battle was pointless, it was unfair and it was full of cowardliness. Basically, this is not one of the higher points of your life. Your inner feelings of inadequacy are weighing down on you heavily and whether you succeeded or lost, you have an unshakable sense of humiliation. Now you must rely even more heavily than normal on your inner voice because others are definitely going to have something negative to say about you. Consider how your thoughts are influencing your daily life. As spiritual creatures, we know that what we think is what we create, so if you are spending most of your time focusing on what someone is thinking or saying about you then how much of this is being created by your own internal machinations?

What you must do at this time is attempt to trust and that you have the wisdom to move passed this unsavory time of your life. Push through the fears that you have created in your mind and fill it up instead with the successes that you wish to accomplish as well as the joys that surround you on a daily level. You must allow yourself to see all of the possibilities all around you instead of coming up with reasons why nothing is going to help you. Cut out all forms of negative thinking and affirm the visualizations that bring you happiness. Trying to make others believe that you are right is not going to help you or change anyone’s mind. You are missing the point, that to have happiness, you must remove all possibilities that exist in your mind that believes that anyone else can make your life right or wrong for you. You are the only person in this equation who actually matters. Ask for spiritual strength to bring you guidance. Your most painstaking dilemma at this time is discovering how to keep the order and discipline in your life as your foundation while also making changes to better your circumstances. Meditate on this and know that your stability is inside of you, you cannot find it anywhere else.

The Five of Swords in Love

When the Five of Swords becomes present in a reading about love or relationships, you are stuck in a cycle of fighting needlessly to get your point across. This is symbolic for those in relationships who spend more time fighting then loving, and in a single person’s life this is representative of unwillingness to learn from past mistakes. You spend so much time worrying about what others think or feel about you that you never get anything done. You must push past this phase for it is a phase that keeps you uninvolved as well as unhappy. The point in love is for you and someone else to be able to express themselves ultimately as equals in the relationship. If you are focusing more on their faults, or they are focusing more on what your faults then neither of you is being productive. You must consider now whether it is worth it to keep fighting in this manner. Right now no one is winning.

The Five of Swords in Health

In Health, the Five of Swords is telling you that you are worrying way too much about the potential of health hazards and diseases. This level of over-worrying is making it impossible for you to experience all that life has to offer. Perhaps you are afraid of letting this go, because you might hurt or injure yourself. But remember: Life is for living, not for staying indoors preoccupying yourself with what MIGHT happen should you go outside. You need to get outside, strengthen your muscles both physically and mentally. Doing so will create a sense of health and wellness that you have only dreamed of.

The Five of Swords in Work and Wealth

The Five of Swords in your Work life is representative of interoffice drama. Currently you are stuck in the little tiny world of your coworkers and there is a negative energy around you that is feeding on itself by promoting gossip and lack of productivity. There is a whole world outside of this small microcosm. Now is the time to break out of this unhealthy routine and push for new experiences that are enlivened with the breath of non-dramatic fun.

The Five Of Swords Reversed

Reversed Meaning - Five Of Swords

When you have received the Five of Swords in the reversed position you are experiencing despair and defeat. Do you see how your mind perpetuates pessimism and doubt? You are stuck in a cycle of believing that nothing good is ever going to happen for you. Therefore you are fighting yourself constantly and losing. The change necessary here does not happen overnight, but it is time for you to let go of what is inhibiting you. Your attachment to ego is overdeveloped and you are becoming passive aggressive due to current situations emulating old ones. You are recreating a history now in which you may be hurt again, specifically because you never let the old go to begin with. You must confront the fear of the old, learn from it and heal or you will continue to perpetuate the same issues over and over again in a never ending cycle of misery.

Upright Five of Swords Meanings in Keywords

  • Selfishness
  • Feeling trapped in hostility
  • Looking after yourself
  • Gloating
  • Going for the win
  • Rejecting advice
  • Self-centred

Reversed Five of Swords Meanings in Keywords

  • Lack of order
  • Lack of commitment
  • Toxic relationships
  • Choosing a side
  • Conflicts and fights
  • Acting immoral
  • Misguidance

By Flo Saul
Jul 10, 2012