Defeat, Failure, Loss, Loss of Position, Decrease in Social Standing, Canceled Plans, Humiliation
The 5 of Swords is a card of loss. Often, it can predict that you will lose something through a fault of your own. However, other times The 5 of Swords can predict that something will stolen from you.
The 5 of Swords is a typical theft card. You should remain vigilant because your property may be at risk of being stolen. Make sure that you have the proper insurance for these situations and be mindful of who you brag to about the things in your homes.
Although theft is an interpretation for the 5 of Swords it is more common for the theft to be symbolic. The 5 of Swords can represent you losing out to an enemy who will outsmart you. You might experience loss of reputation, position and status within both your career and circle of friends. Promotions and recognitions which you expected to get will not materialize. If you have plans for business, the competition may be too fierce to continue. Lovers being ‘stolen’ is also a possibility.
In general, the 5 of Swords is symbolic of defeat; how this happens may not be fair but it is the way that it is. The 5 of Swords is especially dire if it appears in an outcome or future potion. You will lose out to your enemies. You will lose out to your business competitors. You will lose out to your love rivals.
There isn’t much good to come out of a 5 of Swords but there will be times when it appears as a strength or in a positive position. If this is the case, it means that what you were fighting for was not that great to begin with; although you feel like you have lost the truth is that there wasn’t much to lose. You can also take comfort in knowing that your competitor will not actually enjoy what it is they have obtained.
The Five of Swords’ Historical Meaning
Due to its association with loss, prior to modern times the 5 of Swords used to be a card of death and funerals. Surrounding cards can give clues if death is a possibility. (Look for other ‘death’ cards such as the 4 of Swords, Knight of Swords, 5 of Cups and Death, here's a post on which cards predict death.
The Five of Swords in a Love Reading
Clearly, if there ever was an infidelity card, the 5 of Swords is it. The 5 of Swords is a warning that you cannot trust your partner or their motives.
Not only does your partner look unfaithful but they may also be taking advantage of you. The effort in the relationship is not 50/50; all you do is give and all your partner (or potential partner) does is take, take, take. If your wondering what someone’s feelings are towards you, then the 5 of Swords means that they are an opportunist who is only out for what they can get.
The future prospects of the relationship do not look good. However, just because you can do much better than your partner that’s not to say that you will end the relationship. Sadly, you may accept your other half for the way they are but know you do not have to. There is better out there if you’re willing to go out and look for it (I have a spread for finding love in my Love Tarot Spreads e-book).
The Five of Swords in a Business Reading
Like in most other readings, the 5 of Swords does not look good. Sometimes, it can be a warning that your business property will be stolen, whether that is something physical or someone less tangible, such as intellectual property.
It is very common for the 5 of Swords to represent plagiarism. You should be very wary of who you share your business plans and idea with, even if you think the person you are talking to is your friend. Many unscrupulous characters would not think twice about running with your dreams. Be vigilant about who you let into your inner circle and tell your secrets to no one.
The Five of Swords as a Yes or No
Unfortunately, the 5 of Swords is usually a no.
The Five of Swords as a Positive
In a positive reading, the Five of Swords can predict;
- Loss of something which wasn’t that great to begin with
- Your enemies receiving an empty victory
- You competitors spending their energy on what wasn’t worth while
The Five of Swords as a Negative
In a more negative reading, the Five of Swords can predict;
- Losing out to a competitor
- Being beaten
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Cards used in this post are The Divina Tarot Deck.