Five of Swords Tarot Card Meanings

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Five of Swords Tarot Card
Meanings and Keywords:


Conflict and defeat.

Winning at all cost attitude.

Tension and betrayal.

Unhealthy competition.

Personal attacks.

Being lied to.

Bullying. Being harmed by others.

Being in trouble without doing anything wrong.


Unresolved conflicts.

Fighting about nothing.

Inability to defend oneself.

Five of swords tarot card meanings upright

Five of swords in a general reading

Five of Swords tarot card denotes conflict and unhealthy competition. The Seeker could feel under a lot of stress when this card shows up.

Five of Swords in the Vision Quest

Five of swords speaks of the seeker coming out of their peaceful state and they are now dealing with stressful thoughts. Every 2nd card in this suit goes from the mind becoming active and then being stilled again. The Seeker puts some restraints on their mind in Six of swords, symbolised by the people being on the boat.

Five of swords in a love reading

In a love reading, Five of swords tarot card denotes betrayal and abusive relationships. If the Seeker is single, Five of swords can denote dating the wrong people. This card can also speak of a couple going through a difficult time together.

Five of swords in a career reading

In a career reading, Five of swords tarot card signifies unhappiness in a career. Five of swords can also mean work involving damage control, internal investigations, police, and army careers. In a general career reading, five of swords tarot card indicates the Seeker is unhappy in their job.

Five of swords as Feelings

Five of swords as feelings speak of the Seeker feeling angry and possibly resentful about situations in their lives. The seeker could be holding on to old resentment. They could be upset about a conflict that didn’t get resolved.

Five of swords as Personality types

Five of swords as a person indicates someone who can be very competitive who wants to win at all costs. This is someone who could drag you into their agenda unless you are careful. They sometimes have unresolved issues with anger.

Five of swords tarot card meanings reversed

Five of Swords tarot card reversed denotes conflict and people fighting about nothing. It can also denote someone who is pretending to be happy, but is upset and angry deep down.

Five of swords reversed as Personality types

The reversed meanings of the tarot cards often speaks of the Seeker acting out due to being under a lot of stress. This can bring out the shadow aspect of the person. 

Five of swords reversed as a person can indicate someone with internal conflict. They could be convinced that everyone is against them. Their dreams seem distant and there is a lack of happiness in day-to-day life. They need to address their fears. There is often deep fears around failing at the heart of the matter.

Five of Swords tarot card meanings summary

The best way to deal with Five of swords energy is to detach from all drama. Once you become uninterested in people’s drama they fade away. Situations will, as a result, start to brighten up. 

Five Of Swords Tarot Card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including Five of swords:

5 of swords + The Magician: Toxic tongue. Being nasty. 

5 of swords + The Empress: Neglect. 

5 of swords + The Hierophant: Hypocrisy. 

5 of swords + The Lovers: The wrong choice. 

5 of swords + Justice: Crime. Assault. 

5 of swords + Temperance: Bad temper.

Five of swords + The Sun: Difficulty raising children. 

5 of swords + Judgement: Being haunted by a bad event. Post-traumatic stress. 

5 of swords + Three of wands: Unhealthy habits. 

5 of swords + Five of wands: Fierce competition. 

5 of swords + Nine of wands: Being taken advantage of. 

5 of swords + Ten of wands: Performance punishment. 

5 of swords + Ace of cups: Jealousy. 

5 of swords + Three of cups: Betrayal. 

5 of swords + Seven of cups: Internet trolls. 

5 of swords + Page of cups: Emotional blackmail.  

5 of swords + Two of pentacles: Disruption in the flow. 

5 of swords + Three of pentacles: Workplace bullying. 

5 of swords + Ten of pentacles: Unhappy family.

5 of swords + King of pentacles: A mean boss. 

5 of swords + Ten of swords: Being stabbed in the back. 

5 of swords + Queen of swords: Bitterness.

5 of swords + King of swords: A tyrant. 

Learn the Meanings of the Suit of Swords Tarot Cards Here.

Learn the Meanings of Five of WandsFive of Pentacles, and Five of Cups. 

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