The Five of Swords card shows a man standing near an ocean looking at two retreating male figures with an expression of contempt on his face.

There are clouds in the blue sky above him and also an indication of wind which is evident from the man’s blowing hair. The man seems to have been collecting swords. There are two swords placed over his left shoulder, and he is holding a third one with his right hand.

Before him on the ground there are two more swords. It seems that this man has been triumphant over the two retreating ones and has managed to take these from them. The two men seem to be going away with a feeling of sadness and loss that is evident from their hunched strides.

Upright Position: The card signifies two things – triumph and conflict. It probably means that the subject will be victorious, but only after a phase of hard work. The card also suggests that though the subject thinks that the intentions are honorable, she/he is probably blinded by self centered intentions, and lacks compassion and empathy towards others. Depending upon the background of the seeker, the card may even indicate abuse.

Reversed Position: Reversed, the card does not hold the opposite meaning. However, in this case, the victim perhaps is the subject her/himself. It suggests that the person has got entangled in a conflict or is being unable to walk away from an unwanted event or memory from the past. An old wound may reopen and the seeker may find residual resentment remaining in her/his soul.

Tarot Horoscope Tarot Card Decks Tarot Card Meanings

Major Arcana
Chariot Death Devil
Emperor Empress Fool
Hanged Man Hermit Judgment
Justice Lover(s) Bateleur (‘Magician’)
Moon Pope (‘Hierophant’) Popess (‘High Priestess’)
Star Strength Sun
Temperance Maison Dieu (‘Tower’) Wheel of Fortune

Minor Arcana
Ace of Coins Ace of Cups Ace of Swords
Ace of Batons Eight Coins Eight Cups
Eight Swords Eight Batons Five Coins
Five Cups Five Swords Five Batons
Four Coins Four Cups Four Swords
Four Batons King of Coins King of Cups
King of Swords King of Batons Knight of Coins
Knight of Cups Knight of Swords Knight of Batons
Nine Coins Nine Cups Nine Swords
Nine Batons Queen of Coins Queen of Cups
Queen of Swords Queen of Batons Seven Coins
Seven Cups Seven Swords Seven Batons
Six Coins Six Cups Six Swords
Six Batons Ten Coins Ten Cups
Ten Swords Ten Batons Three Coins
Three Cups Three Swords Three Batons
Two Coins Two Cups Two Swords
Two Batons Valet of Coins Valet of Cups
Valet of Swords Valet of Batons