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Five of Swords


Card Information:

Numerical Value: 5

Element: Fire



  • Struggle

  • Conquest

  • Confrontation with the Enemy

  • Victory or Defeat

  • Win or Lose

  • Forcibly Taking Something Away

  • Rendering the Enemy Powerless

  • Gaining or Losing Strength

  • A Major Event Involving Many

  • Achieving Something Through Force Rather Than Goodwill


  • Violence

  • Conflict

  • Tension

  • Lack of Self-Confidence

  • Stripped of Power

  • Avoiding the Battle

  • Feeling Inferior to the Opponent

  • Facing a Significant Obstacle

  • Winning through Aggression or Brute Force

  • A Process Forcibly Ended by a Third Party

Key Messages:


  • Believe in yourself.

  • Conflict has finally ended.

  • You must overcome this obstacle.

  • Never misuse your power.

  • Your enemies are not stronger than you.

  • Many will be affected by this event.

  • Progress will come after overcoming this.

  • You're better equipped than your foes; don't fear.

  • In war, anything goes, but don't forget justice.


  • If it's not working, let it go.

  • Don't shy away from the battle.

  • Sometimes, you must kiss the hand you can't bend.

  • Unbridled power isn't true power.

  • You've reached the end of the road.

  • Your enemies will reappear.

  • Your enemy will come to a bad end.

  • Both victory and defeat are part of life.

  • If you start thinking you can't, you won't succeed.

  • Your defeat came because your enemies were better equipped.

Meaning of the Five of Swords:

In the Five of Swords card, we see a sky filled with storm and clouds, and two knights who have had their swords taken away by a victorious knight. There are two swords on the ground, and the victorious knight holds three swords in his hand. The triumphant man's scornful smile and the defeated knights bowing their heads are also noteworthy in this card. The sky is cloudy and stormy, and although the battle appears to be over, a sense of gloom still lingers.

The Five of Swords is a card that generally relates to winning and losing. When this card appears, there is both a winner and a loser in the situation, but it does not provide information about which one the viewer is. This card serves as a reminder that both winning and losing are a part of life. While this card does not reveal whether you are the winner or the loser, it signifies that in a given situation where this card appears, there is both a victory and, consequently, a defeat. In this situation, although it may seem unfair at first glance, it involves the stronger person rendering the weaker one powerless or taking their power away.

This card also represents two contrasting perspectives and perceptions. There is pride and arrogance for the one who has won, but from the perspective of the one who has been defeated, it may be perceived as unfair competition. In this card, the strong has rendered the weak powerless and disarmed them. The loss of position or the usurpation of someone else's position, losing something highly desired to someone else, or the use of force are all possible scenarios when this card appears.

Unlike reconciliation cards, this card also signifies a process forcibly ended without reconciliation. In this card that explores the theme of seizing by force, something has come to an end or has been forcibly terminated, but not everyone is satisfied with the way it ended. While one person may have gotten what they wanted, it may have ended in a way that others did not want. The presence of those who could not find a common solution and are dissatisfied with the situation is also within the theme of this card. Sometimes, this card can also draw attention to someone being wronged or experiencing injustice.

This card also highlights the presence of a person who takes pride in themselves in an event while another person withdraws from the situation or events in embarrassment. Along with successful individuals or individuals, those who feel defeat or loss also exist in the life of the person seeing this card. Sometimes, for some, this card may mean being a winner in an exam or a job interview, while for others, it may mean losing the exam or being eliminated from a job interview.

The Person Represented by the Five of Swords:

In the Five of Swords, there are essentially two themes: winning and losing. Therefore, when interpreting the person represented by this card, the tarot reader must make a wise decision about whether the winner or the loser is being represented. The way to make this decision is to look at the cards surrounding the card and the situation the person seeing the card is experiencing. There are different perspectives for the winners and the losers in the card, and the direction of the swords also varies. Therefore, all of these should be taken into account in personality interpretation.

When the Five of Swords represents the winning person, this person has achieved a victory and has overcome a tough battle. At times, they may have eliminated all competitors or passed a challenging test by getting the desired score. This person's victory is a defeat for others. Enemies or competitors have been eliminated, and there is no longer any danger. However, after obtaining what they wanted, the person seeing this card may not find the happiness they were looking for in it. But it is not always necessary for this situation to occur. The highly desired thing has now been obtained, and all dangers have been overcome. The person seeing this card should also be cautious about pride and ego.

When the Five of Swords represents a person who has suffered defeat, this person is struggling in the quagmire of despair. In a process where they swam and reached the shore, they have not achieved what they wanted, or, more precisely, they are still shocked by having lost something they desperately wanted to their rivals or enemies. In life, both winning and losing exist, and this person must first gather themselves to continue from where they left off. When representing the defeated person, this card is similar to the situation of a child whose toy has been forcibly taken away and is made to cry. A process has been terminated, willingly or unwillingly, by someone's force or coercion, and power in a power struggle has been taken away from someone.

When the Five of Swords appears reversed, it signifies deceptive victories or victories that appear to be losses. When this card is reversed, it is telling us about apparent victories in conflicts that actually lead to nothing. Useless conflicts or disputes where we thought we gained something but actually suffered losses are what this card is conveying when reversed. These conflicts that bring us no benefit, or conflicts in which we think we gained but actually suffered losses, are what the Five of Swords is telling us when it appears reversed. When this card is reversed, the person seeing it should set aside all conflicts and strive for reconciliation.

When this card appears reversed, it is also possible to forcibly or unfairly take something from an enemy or opponent in terms of power or resources, but this victory will bring us no rewards and only serve to soothe our ego. The person seeing this card reversed should also avoid excessive use of power and injustices.

Five of Swords in Love:

When the Five of Swords appears in the love sector, it indicates a process forcibly terminated instead of reconciled. When this card appears, there is both a winner and a loser in the situation. In the relationship, one partner has what they wanted, while the other did not get what they wanted. When the Five of Swords appears in the love sector, it signifies a process where compromise has not yet been achieved. At the same time, the Five of Swords can also appear in situations where one partner has defeated the other in this conflict or forcibly ended the conflict instead of seeking reconciliation.

When the Five of Swords appears reversed in the love sector, it indicates a calming of the waters in the relationship, and a reduction in the intensity of conflict. The issue has not been fully resolved, and reconciliation has not yet been achieved, but there is a decrease in the intensity of the conflict. The reversed Five of Swords suggests that the warring parties are temporarily withdrawing from the field. While reconciliation has not yet been achieved, discussions about reconciliation or efforts to find a solution may suddenly emerge.

Five of Swords in Career:

When the Five of Swords appears in the career sector, it emphasizes the end of a process in the professional life. In this card, with themes of winning and losing, there is a champion and a defeated rival at the finish line. This process has been concluded by a display of power and power usage by someone. Therefore, there are both a happy and an unhappy side to it. The Five of Swords does not provide information about whether the person seeing the card is on the winning or losing side. This interpretation should be made by the individual themselves. In the career field, there is either a defeat or a victory. The battle has ended.

When the Five of Swords appears reversed in the career sector, it underscores a period of calm in the professional life. Conflicts may decrease during this time, but it does not mean that the problems have been resolved. Meetings or efforts to find a solution may take place during these days. The reversed Five of Swords can also serve as a warning that enemies or rivals are making hidden moves or trying to gather power behind the scenes.

Five of Swords in Finances:

When the Five of Swords appears in the finances sector, it indicates a challenging period in a financial matter. According to this card, there is a winner and a loser, and the card does not provide information about whether you are the winner or the loser. A significant decision in a financial matter will result in either profit or loss. Sometimes, this card can serve as a warning that financial loss may occur due to the move of an enemy or rival.

When the reversed Five of Swords appears in the finances sector, it indicates a temporary postponement of solutions in financial matters. It is impossible to reach the end of the road without someone's help or influence. If there is a difference of opinion in a financial matter, this difference of opinion may continue for some time, and reconciliation may not be possible during this period. The reversed Five of Swords may also indicate that problems have been postponed to the near future.


Please remember that Tarot card interpretations can be highly personal and situational. The context of the reading and the reader's intuition play a significant role in understanding the full meaning of a card. These interpretations serve as a general guideline but should be adapted to your specific circumstances and feelings.

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