How Do You Read the Five of Swords Tarot Card?

Upheaval. Conflict. Loss. Winning at Any Cost. Disagreement. Bullying.

When the Five of Swords Tarot card appears in a Tarot reading, it’s likely you’ve recently experienced a falling out. You could now be feeling sadness and a sense of loss after the conflict.

You may have resorted to unsavory tactics in order to win the argument. Even if you won the battle, you may now be paying a price for the bridges you’ve burned.  

The Five of Swords can also be a warning to pick your battles wisely. Just because you can fight this one doesn’t mean you should.

In some cases, the Five of Swords could be an indication that despite your best and boldest efforts, you’ll end up on the losing side.

When the Five of Swords appears, it can point to you feeling resentful of others for having “unfair advantages,” and now you’re trying to “knock them down a peg.”

Just as the man with the swords appears to be gloating over the other men’s misery, are you acting as the bully and trying to make someone else feel bad — just because you do? Or are you perhaps the man in the background, finding yourself on the receiving end?

Ultimately, the Five of Swords Tarot card asks you to weigh the cost of winning. Consider if the actions and decisions you’re making are worth the cost, or if you’re investing time and energy in all the wrong places.

How to Read the Five of Swords Tarot Card Reversed

Contrition. Penance. Reconciliation. Past Resentment.

The Five of Swords Tarot card reversed indicates a hopeless argument. No matter how hard you defend your position, there is no making the other person see it your way.

The Five of Swords reversed can also appear when you have a desire for the conflict to be over so you can move on. It could mea you’re ready to call a truce, and make amends.

The reversed Five of Swords Tarot card can sometimes be a message that it is time to accept your defeat — and move on.

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