Five of Swords Tarot Card Meanings

Five of Swords

The Five of Swords is the fifth card in the suit of Swords. When you see the Five of Swords, you should prepare for some conflict to come into your life. It might not be something to be scared of, but life is about to get at least a little bit more difficult. Don’t worry, you can always see it through.

Below, you will find details of the card meanings of The Five of Swords tarot card. But first…

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The Five of Swords represents conflict, loss, and discord.

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    Five of Swords in a time-based position

    Past – The Five of Swords tarot in the Past position will represent a period in your life when you had no solid foundations to fall back on. You came out of it though, and now you’re here. We all see failure in our lives, but it’s only through learning from them that we grow. Great people aren’t just great. They have tried and failed and built up their own foundations.

    Present – The Five of Swords in the present position means life is tough right now. Someone specifically may be antagonising you. You need to walk away from anything that isn’t productive. If you’re getting bullied, for example at work or at school, tell somebody and sort it out. Get a third party involved if you are experiencing any discomfort in life. Don’t suffer in silence. Sometimes all it takes is for somebody to listen to our thoughts.

    Future – The Five of Swords tarot card in the future position would initially seem like a bad thing, a conflict in future. Now that you know, you can prepare yourself for it. Analyse where potential conflicts could arise and stop them before they start. Think days in advance and try to understand the patterns that cause your life to go in the wrong direction. Is it when you talk about a certain topic with somebody or go somewhere at the wrong time?

    The Five of Swords in regards to life issues

    Work / Education – The Five of Swords tarot card in regards to work or education can mean that you need to give yourself a bit of time to think about what you’re doing. Are you working where you really want to work? is the environment nice, do you get along with the people? You don’t want to feel safe and comfy. Necessity is the mother of invention, and comfort doesn’t push us to improve ourselves. Think about what you want to do and start establishing routes towards it, especially if you’re unhappy where you are.

    Romance – The Five of Swords in romance initially isn’t a good sign. If you’re in love with your partner, expect some conflicts to come up. You need to brace yourself for the cause of it, as there may be somebody else involved too. When the conflict is over, you may need to spend a bit of time thinking about the future and where the relationship is heading. Time alone would be good when you get to that stage. If you’re currently single, then this could represent some inner conflict you’re feeling. Do you want to be in a relationship? If you’re not in one, don’t let it get to you. Make sure it isn’t a case of ‘grass is greener’ syndrome.

    Friends – The Five of Swords in regards to friendship means things aren’t going well. Expect arguments or bad gossip now or in the near future. Try to not be on anyone’s ‘side’, but act as a mediator. Try not to show favour to one person over the other but remember, if two of your friends are arguing, you’re still friends with them both. If somebody accuses you of something and it’s true, just own up to it. You will save yourself a lot of pain in the long run.

    Money – The Five of Swords tarot card in regards to finances isn’t a good sign. If things are tight, you’ll have to live without luxuries. Your finances might also take a sharp downturn here, and you may have to do the best you can. Having savings for emergencies is good on all levels; from a few hundred in the bank to an emergency note somewhere in your wallet, just in case. If someone is after your money, they might be after more than they’re owed.

    Health – The Five of Swords tarot isn’t a good sign. Someone may be affecting your life negatively by stressing you out or bullying you. Avoid them, and ask someone else for help dealing with the issue. Don’t avoid any issues though. In this case, a short break is just that, a break, and before long you’ll be back where you started.

    Spirituality and Mentality – The Five of Swords in spirituality means that you should try to establish your own ways of working. Overpowering personalities may try to convert you but if you think you’re doing well, then there is no reason to change. Likewise, don’t come down on others if they’re doing things you perceive as wrong. You may learn from them in future.

    The Five of Swords Reversed

    The Five of Swords Reversed tarot card shows you’re exhausted and tired, and you want this period of life to end. It can especially represent bullies or overbearing work colleagues. You’ve done all you can to try and solve problems apart from walking away, which is looking like a more and more appealing prospect. The Five of Swords Reversed warns you against walking away, because it won’t solve anything. The only thing you can do right now is to change your mental state, turn around, and face the problem head-on.

    Numerology of The Five of Swords

    Five represents energy, unpredictability, and change. Five has a grand occult tradition; Pentacles and the five Chinese elements. The Five of Swords strongly represents the less positive aspects of the number five. Expect some conflict and loss, but remember this brings about change which may be for the better. If you have many fives in a reading, it gives off a strong message that you’re in for some change very soon.

    Keywords for the Five of Swords

    Conflict, battles, disagreements, building aggression, wariness

    Other associations of The Five of Swords

    Element: Air

    As a Yes or No question: No

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    Article Info

    Date: Oct 10, 2015
    Amelie Rose Estrela is a gifted psychic and lead author for tarot-explained. She has written many articles on a variety of topics within the spirituality niche, including Psychics & Mediums, Tarot & Angel Readings, Love & Relationships, Spells & Magic and Astrology & Horoscopes (the topic of her e-book).