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Five of Swords Upright Meaning

by MoMoTarot

Deepening misunderstandings, quarrels and tensions, with very little chance of resolution


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In the card, Five of Swords, there is a man standing in the most obvious place on the card, his hand clutching three swords. The two opponents, on the other hand, are turned away. The fact that there are five swords on the top of the card represents that there were five men involved in this battle at the beginning, while on the face of the card we can only see three. The man in the front position won the battle, however the whole war is still up in the air as no real resolution to the matter has yet to emerge. The clouds on the screen reflect an atmosphere full of emotion, anger, and fear.


The red-haired man, holding two swords in his right hand and leaning on the other in his left, gazes back at the two losers in the distance with what appears to be a smile at the corners of his mouth. It was obvious that they had just finished an argument, perhaps violently. Two swords were still scattered on the ground. Of the other two, one left in despair, and the other covered his face with his hands, as if he was having trouble accepting it, or feeling sad and humiliated. The wind-blown clouds in the sky seemed to be telling the story of their argument as well, and it seemed very unsettling.


The protagonist of Treasure Sword V, this bloodthirsty man, had just gained victory, and he seemed to be very proud of himself, but he didn't know that this victory didn't have any benefits, and that this was a detrimental behavior. So what if he gets a few precious swords? Not realizing that he lost more. He shows selfishness and an ambition that does not serve him well. Therefore, in divination, the Five of Swords may indicate a victory, but this victory is of no benefit, it is just a pointless victory. The person concerned is advised to think about what long-term benefits he can get if he wins. Or is he or she showing a selfish and ambitious side, or even behaving in a detrimental way?


This card describes a dispute, difference of opinion or conflict. The jagged cloud reflects a tense dynamic as five different beliefs (swords) meet in a difficult situation. It could be describing inner turmoil, confusion and scattered mental energy. Perhaps you are struggling with different needs, or perhaps fighting inner desires. It could also be suggesting that you are forcing those around you to agree with you.


Card Meaning Deduction:


The Five of Swords is a card that represents quarrels, tension and conflict, which may refer to your inner battle with yourself or discord with those around you. If this conflict is between you and someone else, the premise is likely to come from your mind. In such conflict situations, everyone has an opinion about how things should be done, but no one is willing to listen to others. While one person tries to convince the other to adopt his own approach, the second one wonders what he's going to say when it's his turn to speak. There is simply a lack of real connection or communication between all those involved.


The Five of Swords is also a card that represents an argument, quite similar to the Five of Scepters, but with a different emphasis. The Five of Scepters is the picture of a group of people in a stalemate, where the winner is not yet known and everyone is still trying very hard to win. The Five of Scepters is the picture of an argument that ends when no one has gained anything, where the winners are outwardly happy and have more to lose, and the losers are so disheartened that they hide their faces in tears, even humiliated and insulted. It can be seen that the Sword is more damaging than the Scepter, and may unknowingly hurt others in the process.


The Five of Swords can also represent hostility. This argument is not like the Five of Scepters, which is at least a fair contest. In a Five of Swords altercation, it is likely that someone will deliberately hurt the other person, even by any means necessary, in order to win in the end. In the course of the fight, the sword may also stab the contestant in the flesh. The contestants may be short-sighted and forget the ultimate purpose of the contest, and just win for the sake of winning, or even for the sake of defeating the other party. Therefore, when the Five of Swords appears, you need to examine your surroundings to see if there are any people who are hostile to you and have committed injurious acts against you. This harm doesn't have to be physical; rumors alone are shaped like sharp edges.


This card signifies arguments, conflict and loss. While the battle is won, more is lost, including opportunities to learn and grow. This battle could be a gender relationship, a partnership, or a battle between two or more people in a work environment. Tensions rise over the inability to harmonize their opinions about how things should be done. As the conflict grows stronger, one party uses force, coercion, or skillful maneuvering to get what they want. They may win a small round as a result, but lose the respect and willingness to cooperate of others involved in the matter.


The Five of Swords suggests compromise rather than resolution. The unresolved issue still has the potential to come back again, it may come in a different guise, and by the possibility of continuing to appear until the whole time is resolved. "If only I could master this!" Exactly the attitude represented by this card.


Stress due to unresolved issues between you and others is revealed in this card. It means that you are still in a state of disequilibrium and must not be restored until you have resolved your differences with the people around you or moved away from them. This is the time to let go of pride, identify faults and weaknesses, and then move on to another, more sure-footed plan. As a result of this, the querent will have a new attitude in dealing with things, and the new direction will be good in the long run.


In terms of analyzing gender relationships, the Five of Swords card signifies separation, conflict and loss. Two or more people (if relatives or friends are involved), have decided how to do something, but everyone's decision is different. Unless everyone is willing to hear what everyone else has to say, things can't really work out.


In this case, everyone is caught up in the strife, whether physically, emotionally, or spiritually. Perhaps this is not the first time such a conflict has arisen, and everyone is likely to have a number of unresolved knots from previous conflicts. The intricacies of the causes and consequences make clear communication even more difficult.


In terms of career analysis, the card Five means that you have a tendency to leave your job or change careers quickly. Five is a card that leaves under difficult circumstances. This group of people are not a team in their current job. The changes brought about by this card are forced, unusual, and may require more changes later on when the pending issue takes on a different form.


When this card appears it indicates that it will bring about arguments, disagreements and pain over financial matters. If it's an investment, the result could be a breakdown in the investors' friendship with each other after the investment is over. If you insist on pursuing a goal and taking action without taking into account the opinions of others, then the likely result will be recrimination, rebellion and resentment.


Here's a case in point: when Ted wants to know why his coworkers are leaving one by one and comes to be analyzed, the Five of Swords appears in the deck. Ted has taken the lead in accounting, and the Five of Swords shows that he is trying to force those around him to change direction, which is why his coworkers are leaving in droves.

Core Tip

The appearance of the Fifth of Swords shows that the current argument is damaging, so please stop it immediately and save yourself some poise.
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Knowledge Expansion

The five of all tarot cards has a common meaning. An orthogonal five usually symbolizes narrow-mindedness, while a reversed five means open-mindedness.
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Card Meaning Extension

The victory of the Five of Swords is won without honor or practical benefit. The person in question usually fights to win when orthogonal, and usually plays the losing side when reversed.
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