Five of Swords
Aggression, Arguments, Bullying, Conflict, Hostility, Main character syndrome
Compromise, Revenge, Cutting ties, Resolution
Five of Swords
The Five of Swords shows us a Pixie carrying 3 swords, with 2 swords attached to their wings. These swords were once wielded by other foes of this Pixie.
This card suggests that you may be experiencing some sort of conflict at this time, with you being the aggressor. You may think that you've walked away in the right with another "win" under your belt, but in reality the people that you may have harmed are being pushed away from you. Who is the real loser? We don't always have to be right all the time. Sometimes we have to pick our battles and just accept that the person on the other side feels a certain way that you don't agree with or see as being correct. We can put value in our own feelings and opinions and still appreciate that someone else feels a different way, even if it isn't what we agree with. If the person you were arguing with is someone you consider close, it would be best to try and come to terms with them sooner rather than later. Are they worth losing?
Alternatively, this card can also suggest that you are experiencing blind/misplaced ambition. Having ambition is good, but sometimes having too much can inflate our egos and cause us to only think about ourselves and what we want to do. Try to be aware of your actions and words at this time. Make sure you are appreciating those around you and giving praise and credit where it is due.
Card in Reverse:
In reverse, this card can suggest that you want a particularly tense situation to be over. You understand that it doesn't matter who is right and wrong in this situation, you just want to forgive, forget and move on. You would rather put all of this energy towards something positive that can benefit multiple people, rather than just one.
Alternatively, this card can mean that there can only be losers in the current conflict that you are in. Unfortunately there isn't much you can do about it and you need to find strength within yourself to accept this. Though this situation may be incredibly difficult, know that it will not last forever.
Another meaning the Five of Swords in reverse brings is cutting ties. Is there someone in your life right now that drains your energy? Do you find that you disagree with a lot of things they do and say? Do they always have to be right? Perhaps it's time to cut your losses and remove them from your life. Even if this person has been in your life for a long time, you will benefit greatly from letting them go.
Hostility, Bully in the workplace, Large ego
Conflict, Tension, Fighting, Resentment
Letting go, Forgiveness, Breaking up for the best
Open communication, Sabotage
Upright: Things might feel uneasy in the realm of love at this time. Tension might be high, causing arguments to break out easily. You and your partner may be feeling rather irritable and could potentially say some things out of anger that you don't necessarily mean. If you find yourself in a situation like this, check your ego and take some time for yourself to cool down and ask yourself important questions regarding your current feelings and relationship.
Reverse: It's possible that you and your partner recently had an argument. The Five of Swords indicates that you two are ready to patch things up and find a compromise. Things might still feel tender right now, but choose love and things will soon heal. If it ends up that you and your partner would be better to let one another go, know that ending a relationship doesn't always have to be a bad thing. Perhaps it's for the best and will save you from further damage in the future.
Upright: Things might feel particularly hostile at work right now. There may be arguments, misunderstandings, and leadership's egos may not be in-check. Someone could also be bullying another, be that person you or someone else. Which ever role you play in this situation, take a step back and handle it professionally. Don't be afraid to get someone else involved if need-be. If things don't seem to be getting better, there is a chance that it could in fact be you and your feelings towards your co-workers. Perhaps you've been feeling quite defensive at work, and your views on certain situations/people are actually what's causing the misunderstandings and arguments. Things aren't always what they seem. Be very clear with your words, actions and decisions. Don't look into anything too personally, and be sure to treat everyone fairly.
Reverse: A once tense work place, could be getting better. Everyone has put down their swords and is now ready to work together once again. If this doesn't sound like your situation, it's possible that a work-place bully is targeting you. Don't be afraid to stand your ground and get HR involved. Whatever happens, make sure to keep a level head and behave professionally.