The Five of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

The Five of Swords is one of the most important cards of the Minor Arcana.

Below you will learn everything about its meaning both in the upright and reversed position.

In addition to the general interpretation, the topics of love, health, career, finances and destiny are also explained in detail.

Five of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

The Five of Swords Keywords

Upright: Discord, Egoist, Malice, Conflict
Reversed: Forgiveness, Integer, Harmony, Dialogue

The Five of Swords Tarot Card Description

The Five of Swords Tarot card shows a man who has taken possession of some swords and slyly turns to look at two other men.

In total, the man has taken possession of three swords, which he does not intend to share with the other people in the picture, but egotistically snatches them.

He stands upright and confident of victory, ready to put anyone who wants to take the swords away from him in his place. The man’s clothing differs fundamentally from the other two people in the picture.

They are wearing the same yellow robe and are moving into the distance, exhausted and dejected. It seems as if a battle has taken place in which the men dressed in yellow were among the losers, which is why they make no effort to take the swords lying on the ground.

In the background, we see a troubled body of water, promising emotional turmoil and inner turmoil. In the sky passing clouds are recognizable, which promise the impression of an approaching storm.

They symbolize that although the worst event, in this case, the battle, is already over, some troubled times are still approaching, for which one must prepare accordingly.

Upright Five of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

The Five of Swords reveals that you are in a great conflict with another person. You are investing a lot of time and energy to find out what your opponent plans to do next and how you can get ahead of him.

As a result, your conflict becomes bigger and bigger and gets into a spiral of psychological violence, at the end of which both of you will be losers.

Don’t let your quarrel rule your life, but focus on all the beautiful and happy areas in your life like family and friends. The conflict will become smaller by putting less energy and time into it and no longer permanently dominating your life.

Another characteristic of the Five of Swords is that you behave very selfishly towards your fellow human beings. You put your needs and opinions above those of your fellow human beings and try to implement them in your sense by all means.

Thus you get into many disputes with your environment. They put a lot of strain on your relationships with the people around you.

Instead of feeling personally attacked every time, there is a disagreement and making a conflict out of it, exercise restraint and reconsider your position in peace.

Choose the fights you want to fight wisely and don’t get involved in every skirmish, this way, you will save a lot of energy and spare the relationships with your fellow human beings.

The Five of Swords Tarot card represents a conflict in your life carried out with a lot of baseness and malice. A quarrel often starts small and becomes bigger and bigger the more different issues are involved and the argument is only on an emotional level.

When we only want to hurt our opponent and are no longer interested in solving the original problem, the danger arises that we use malicious means such as slander, lies or psychological violence.

By taking a step back from the dispute and realizing that you could have used the time you wasted to create beautiful moments in your life instead of seeking revenge, you will realize how insignificant and exhausting most conflicts are at their core.

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Upright Five of Swords Tarot Love Meaning


As a single, the Five of Swords Tarot card reveals that when you are looking for a partner, conflicts arise after a short time, so you are hardly able to get to know someone better.

The causes of these quarrels can be various. Often it is because we would like to “change” the partner at the beginning so that he fits better with us. Or we look for acquaintances who do not harmonize well with us from the character traits.

Try not to let your expectations of a first date become too high and reflect which characteristics in a partner promote harmonious coexistence and which ones lead to quarrels.

The Five of Swords also warns you to be careful when looking for a partner because some people have negative ulterior motives.

Especially if a date or an acquaintance is too good to be true, be alert. You should check the true intentions of your counterpart despite your feelings of love.


In a relationship, the Five of Swords indicates that conflict overshadows your life together. Neither of you wants to give in and insists on his point of view. What started as a negligible matter has now turned into a big fight between you.

Often in this phase, old issues are brought up and reheated so no peace can come into the conflict.

Instead, try to realize that conflict is natural in a relationship and that through mutual respect and appreciation, all arguments can be brought to a positive conclusion.

The Five of Swords shows that one partner behaves very selfishly and inconsiderately so that the other part seems depressed and hopeless.

In a well-functioning partnership, both partners must take a step back in certain areas and make compromises so that each other’s boundaries are respected and you can live a happy relationship.

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Upright Five of Swords Health Meaning

The Five of Swords stands for heavy burdens (separation, job loss), which harm your health. Symptoms like anxiety or depression can result from difficult life events.

Take some time out to get your life back under control. Also, give your body some rest by a massage or a soothing bath.

Furthermore, the Five of Swords stands for unresolved inner conflicts that manifest themselves as symptoms of illness.

Your body is thus a reflection of your soul and provides itself with an outlet through migraines, malaise or mood swings. Face your inner conflicts with the help of professional therapy and your body will recover.

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Upright Five of Swords Career Meaning

In professional terms, the Five of Swords represents a conflict with colleagues or superiors. So far, you have had to put a lot of time and energy into this conflict.

But with what result? Without a discussion, your conflict will only escalate. If a conversation is not possible, you should reduce the contact with this person to a minimum.

Furthermore, the Five of Swords can signal that someone wants to harm you in your job. On the surface, this person may seem friendly, but as soon as you turn your back on him, he will try to harm you.

Be careful what you say to whom and choose your words carefully. In this case, talking is silver, silence is golden.

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Upright Five of Swords Finances/Money Meaning

In financial matters, the Five of Swords reveals disagreement between you and another person. That usually concerns investments or expenses you cannot carry out alone, but only with the consent of a partner.

Listen to the objections of your counterpart openly and without judgment. A joint financial project always requires the consent of all parties involved. If someone has doubts, you should rather postpone your project.

Another meaning of the Five of Swords is that someone has betrayed you and owes you money.

As long as this person does not pay his debts to you, you should not give him any more monetary benefits. Think carefully about whom you lend money to and learn from your mistakes.

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Upright Five of Swords Destiny Meaning

For your destiny, the Five of Swords means that a serious conflict is burdening you. The dispute threatens to escalate more and more and harms your well-being.

Think about whether it is really worth it, to put so much time and energy into a quarrel with no solution for either party. Rather, direct your energy into building and maintaining relationships that are good for you.

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Upright Five of Swords Personality

The Five of Swords stands for a selfish character type. The person cares only about his own interests and is not in the least interested in the people around him.

In addition, such a person is characterized by a pronounced potential for conflict. In order to get his way, he does not shy away from any confrontation, which he wants to decide for himself by any means.

Upright Five of Swords Tarot Past/Future


In your past, there was often discord with another person. Think about whether you really want to invest further energy and strength in this dispute.

The past weeks and months have shown that someone in your environment thinks only of himself. You should reconsider your relationship with this person.


Soon someone may want to harm you. Therefore, get ready to defend your boundaries accordingly.

There is a tense conflict in the air, which will soon be unloaded. The sparks may fly, which is why you should take cover in time.

Upright Five of Swords Tarot Card – Yes or No

The Five of Swords shows you that a “no-answer” is the best choice right now. There are other people involved in your question. Thus, there is a danger of a tangible conflict concerning your upcoming decision.

By saying no, you can best ensure that it remains peaceful without restricting your own needs too much.

Reversed Five of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Reversed Five of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

The Five of Swords Reversed Tarot card symbolizes that after a long conflict with a person close to you, now is the time for forgiveness and a fresh start.

Forgiving someone is sometimes not easy, especially when a conflict has been building up for years.

But by reaching out to your counterpart and forgiving him, your guilt will also be forgiven and you can revive your relationship.

Dare to make the first step. That is often the hardest one because we have to jump over our own shadow. But you will feel how you grow inside and blossom anew as soon as you can forgive.

Another aspect of the Five of Swords Reversed is that you seek dialogue in a complicated conflict so that all parties can part in peace.

If you practice questioning your ego and critically reflecting on your own views, you better understand the position of your counterpart.

Because often our ego is not the best advisor in conflict situations because it acts exclusively self-serving and keeps criticism away from us.

By acting empathetically and putting yourself in the place of the person you are arguing with, you gain an emotional distance from the conflict and are thus able to develop a long-term and promising solution together with all parties involved.

The Five of Swords Reversed shows that you act with great integrity and assert yourself as a strong character even in difficult situations. Even in complex disputes, you do not let yourself be upset and always behave fairly towards your disputants.

That will result in possible solutions that will lead to a settlement of the dispute since you can put your own sensitivities aside and look at the conflict objectively. It is not always possible to behave completely soberly in a quarrel.

But the more you realize that most negative emotions only escalate an argument, the better you will be able to control your emotions and focus on the solution instead of the problem.

Reversed Five of Swords Tarot Love Meaning


The Five of Swords Reversed indicates to you as a single person that you are in great inner harmony with yourself and are not chasing after past partnerships or carrying around anger.

Because of your inner balance, you are much better able to reach out to other people and share your positive feelings with them.

When you meet someone new with such a harmonious inner attitude, your relationship starts on a solid footing, saving you from unnecessary arguments and mutual hurt.

Another facet of the Five of Swords Reversed is that you should always behave with decency and integrity towards new people you meet.

This way you create a solid basis for mutual trust to grow from the beginning and you are a reliable relationship for your counterpart.

Especially when getting to know someone for the first time, stay true to your basic principles and do not bend yourself just to please someone else, because true love is built on the fact that we are honest and integrity to each other from the beginning.


In a partnership, the Five of Swords Reversed reminds you to forgive and reconcile with your partner. Each of us makes mistakes. They help us to reflect on ourselves and our behavior and learn from them for the future.

If your partner acknowledges his mistake (here we mean everyday minor missteps, not massive breaches of trust) and sincerely apologizes, practice forgiving.

In that way, long-ago missteps will not overshadow your relationship.
Only if you are willing to forgive your partner will also forgive your missteps leading to a balanced and harmonious relationship.

Furthermore, the Five of Swords Reversed in a relationship shows that you should enter into more dialogue with your partner to avoid misunderstandings and get closer again.

Communication is an important cornerstone of any partnership and must be maintained regularly.

By sharing your feelings, concerns and desires, your relationship will stay fresh and alive and you will get to know more new facets of your partner.

Reversed Five of Swords Health Meaning

For your health, the Five of Swords Reversed means that you should bring body and mind into harmony. A healthy body benefits
from a healthy mind and vice versa.

It is important to start simply, for example, with a simple walk. After that, you will feel how your mental well-being improves immediately and you will be bursting with new energy.

Another aspect of the Five of Swords Reversed is that you must constantly pursue your health goals. For example, you can only lose weight if you restrict your calorie intake over a long period of time.

The better you stick to your own goals and targets, the faster you will experience a positive effect on your health.

Reversed Five of Swords Career Meaning

The Five of Swords Reversed stands for seeking dialogue with your colleagues more often. For being successful in your job, it is important to cooperate and communicate with your colleagues.

An open discussion atmosphere also prevents misunderstandings and thus conflicts. Create a harmonic working atmosphere around you by actively seeking communication yourself.

In addition, the Five of Swords Reversed stands for the settlement of a long-lasting conflict. Sometimes you have to jump over your own shadow to forgive a colleague.

But restarting your working relationship benefits both of you, and instead of arguing, you can put your energy back into your work.

Reversed Five of Swords Finances/Money Meaning

The Five of Swords Reversed encourages you to discuss your financial matters with someone.

The phrase “people don’t talk about money” has not been true for a long time. Professional financial advice from the bank or friends can save you from high losses or debts.

In addition, you can expand your knowledge about finances and thus act more independently. Another aspect of the Five of Swords Reversed is that you should handle money entrusted to you with integrity.

That means you should handle other people’s money responsibly and not waste it senselessly. Use it only for specific expenses and pay it back to your donor as soon as possible.

Reversed Five of Swords Destiny Meaning

The Five of Swords Reversed as a destiny card means that you should practice forgiveness.

If someone apologizes honestly, you should not refuse this peace offering because there is a chance that a new start to the relationship will be to the advantage of both sides.

Reversed Five of Swords Personality

The Five of Swords Reversed describes a personality in need of harmony. He wants everyone around him to do well and is committed to resolving disputes peacefully.

Likewise, the card shows a character who is strongly dialogue-oriented. The person tries to solve disputes with words and considers the concerns of his counterpart.

Reversed Five of Swords Tarot Past/Future


Practice forgiving past mistakes of a fellow human being. In that way, you can preserve an old friendship and lighten your heart.

To regain a sense of harmony, it is worthwhile to look at your past. Here you will often discover ways that lead to inner and outer peace.


In the future, stick to people you know have integrity. In this way, you will always have a reliable partner at your side in the event of difficulties.

Dialogue is an effective means of resolving future conflicts in their infancy and preventing them from degenerating.

Reversed Five of Swords Tarot Card – Yes or No

Enter into dialogue with your fellow human beings to get a better overview of this matter.

You will certainly find that the feedback and your gut feeling are basically in agreement and clearly tend towards a yes answer.

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