Reconciling Conflict With The Five of Swords Tarot
The Five of Swords tarot usually is in placement that whomever is being read is not using their full power and strength to address an issue. Possibly feeling taken advantage of and in disagreement or conflict. It shows that emotions are out of balance within you with a certain situation or person and resolve has not yet been made.
The Five of Swords usually appears when you have had a falling out with someone and a strong need to have your feelings taken into account but are left with a feeling of sadness and loss. Feelings of anger and resentment still reside within you over a situation and possibly feeling like the wronged party. You may have exchanged heated words and said things that you now wish you could take back. There is a general feeling of unresolved conflict that won’t go away and makes you feel the situation or person involved has treated you unfairly.
Even if you came out the apparent winner, you might begin to realize that you have possibly lost more than you had anticipated. You may have lost trust, respect or even dignity in the need to be right. It can sometimes indicate because of this conflict, others have taken a different stance that does not support yours. It is a reminder to ask if your point of view is so important to you that it is worth putting your relationships at risk with others.
In the reverse position, the Five of Swords can sometimes represent the absolute need to be right, to judge and blame to be more important than the outcome of everyone’s feelings involved. This comes from feeling taken advantage of and being in a defense mode. As mentioned above, even though you may be the victor in a situation, you might have lost more than it was worth.
In general, the Five of Swords is a mixed bag of feelings. On one hand you have this strong desire to be right and win and on the other, not wanting to look further into what the consequences may be for those feelings of anger and righteousness. Don’t escalate conflicts unnecessarily. Think before you act.
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Career, Love, Money, Health, Spirituality
Career: The Five of Swords often indicates that you need to get out of your own way. Your strength and determination to succeed at all costs could be detrimental for your success. Try to accept that there might always be some unfairness at work and find a diplomatic way of dealing with it. How you speak your mind is as important as what you say. Be sure that your behavior is professional and respectful.
Love and Romance: This is not the greatest card to pull when it comes to relationships as it usually represents conflict between the people involved. Things may not work out as you would have hoped with a love relationship. Be honest with yourself and the reality of the situation before you decide what to put up with or if to break it off.
Money: The Five of Swords sends out a message of caution and restraint in relation to money. It is advising to take a different approach to what your relationship is with money. Get creative, figure out a new budget but don’t let the energy of lack seep into your abundance. Above all, don’t give up on the idea there is always ways to bring in more income with a little ingenuity. If help is needed, ask for it.
Health: The Five of Swords clearly shows you that your emotional outlook on life effects your physical health. If you are under extreme stress, find a way to decompress as your body will only be able to carry that stress for you for so long without taking its toll physically. If you’re angry, allow yourself to express it safely (punch a pillow, go to the gym, take a walk-in nature) rather than turning it on yourself or others. Rest and relaxation is crucial. Let go of worry and guilt as they accomplish nothing.
Spirituality: If you have found your spiritual grounding, let others have theirs. Even if you have suddenly found the spiritual answers that you’ve been looking for your whole life, remember they are your answers and not everyone else’s. This card can also show a sudden change of viewpoint in your spirituality. Either embracing a new one or just letting go of old beliefs until you have found your new spiritual path.
Susan Z’s Verdict
I look at the Five of Swords not as a card of lack of self-containment but as a great reminder of our own inner strength that we can tap into at anytime. It nudges us into remembering that the ego’s only value is to get and win at all costs. This card helps us to possibly have second thoughts about our first reactions of defense or aggressivness.
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Susan Z Rich is an emotional addiction counselor, spiritual intuitive and holistic therapist. She counsels others to see life in a more positive way and teaches personal accountability for life choices. She is also the author of several children’s books and Soul Windows…Secrets From The Divine.