Five of Swords

Five of Swords

Swords: Action, Ambition, Aggression, Force, Movement, Struggle, Strife

Interpretation

  • Unfairness 
  • Loss 
  • Slander 

An empty victory. There is defeat, destruction and a loss of self-respect. Using excessive force may offer temporary success,  but the end result still seems like defeat. There could be unfairness, slander, cruelty and cowardliness. (You may be the conqueror or conquered depending on other cards in your spread)

Reversed

  • Weakness 
  • Sensitivity 
  • Vulnerability 

An empty victory. Weakness, sensitivity and vulnerability. There could be a feeling of regret over past experiences. The path ahead seems tough. Beware of pride. (You may be the conqueror or the conquered depending on other cards in your spread)

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