What Does the 5 of Swords Mean?

Defeat can be real & perceived. What may not be the end can feel like it when efforts have been large. Feeling defeated can ruin future plans in a devastating way & it is easy to fall into depression when things don’t go well.

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Tarot Card Meanings for the 5 of Swords

Keywords for the 5 of Swords
Defeatism; arguments; negativity; dissension; discord; troubles, disturbances; feeling defeated; feeling broken; scoring points; a smear campaign; spite and malice; not standing up for yourself; being heavy handed; a coupe; selfishness; revenge.
5 of Swords Reversed
An attempt at disruption; petty arguments; attention seeking behavior; malicious gossip; paranoia; intimidation; manipulation; humiliation; uncovering a plot against you.
5 of Swords as People
Swordsmen; troubleshooters; politicians and councilors; spies; conscientious objectors; a tyrannical employer; the office gossip; bullies; bailiffs.

5 of Swords Correspondences

TimingJan 20 – Jan 29. Venus in Aquarius
Numerology5 – Instability, exaggeration, over exertion, strife, changes, freedom, loss
Card Counting Value5 – card number
Yes or NoNo


5 of Swords as a Daily Tarot Oracle Card

Oracle Message: Words hurt. Mind yours, deflect others.


The 5 of Swords is unpleasant. It’s personal and nasty. People trying to score points against each other, always needing the last say, always having to push the boundaries. Always someone getting hurt and someone else actually enjoying it.

The wolves aren’t in sheep’s clothing today – they’re front and centre and in your face. If you’re the one with all the swords – what’s missing in your life for you to feel you need to do this?

If you’re on the receiving end of someone else’s spite and malice, take heart. They always end up on their own. They will just say it’s lonely at the top. But it’s not because they’re not at the top, that’s part of the delusion of the 5 of Swords.

It’s just lonely when you’ve hurt everyone around you and there’s no-one left to hurt. You may not have all the swords, but you do have the support of your friends – it’s not lonely where you are and the pain will pass.

Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law


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