Five of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Five of Swords Tarot Card Meaning | California Psychics

Five of Swords Keywords

Ambition, aggression, conflict, action, courage, and change.

Swords Suit Meaning

The suit of Swords is associated with intellect, communication, logic and cunning. Some cards in this suit deal with aspects of emotional distress. Swords represent the element of Air, and the Air signs, Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. Both the Suit of Swords and the element of Air are concerned with truth and wisdom. Just as Air signs are nonjudgmental and constantly in pursuit of knowledge, the Swords are the cards that tell hardest truths. Depending on the deck, this suit could be called Knives, Blades, or Spades, to name a few.

General Meaning for the Five of Swords

The Five of Swords in a reading may indicate ambition, but ambition without regard for the consequences. It can also show intimidation by a bully – a person who gains self-worth by oppressing others verbally, physically, or emotionally.

Five of Swords in the Past/Yesterday Meaning

In the past position, the Five of Swords may indicate an event or situation that had an adverse effect on you or a condition that caused you to experience loss or affected you emotionally. Although you may not have felt supported, this speaks of a past you have likely overcome and thereby grown from.

Five of Swords in the Present/Today Meaning

In the current position, the Five of Swords could mean that someone is making life difficult for you, or life could seem challenging in general. Try to remove yourself from the situation if possible and remember you don’t have to suffer in silence. If you’re being bullied, for instance, sometimes just sharing it with someone gives you a better perspective, and that person might be able to help.

Five of Swords in the Future/Tomorrow Meaning

The Five of Swords in the future position could be warning of a difficult time to come. The best part of a future reading is that it can prepare you for what may be about to happen. If there is a person, place, or situation that could affect you negatively – forewarned is forearmed; now, you can do your best to avoid this.

Love and Relationships Meaning for the Five of Swords


If you’re single and looking for love, the Five of Swords may indicate that you’re having a bit of bad luck finding the right partner. This could leave you feeling down or questioning your luck in love. Think about the people you are attracted to and think about whether you might be too giving or too aggressive in a relationship. Find what isn’t working and have confidence that you can fix it and fix your love life too.


If you’re in a relationship, the Five of Swords may indicate some tension or conflict keeping the two of you at odds. Maybe you (or you both) have said and done things that are hurtful.  Having this come up in a reading is a sure sign that you have a chance to make things right. Apologize, talk it out, come to an agreement to leave that moment in the past, and start fresh.

Career Meaning for the Five of Swords

If the Five of Swords appears in a work or finances reading, you may be working in a hostile, even cutthroat environment where competition is the name of the game. If you’re looking for work, you may be going after a job in a competitive market, and the Five of Swords is warning that your search may take a little longer than you anticipated. In either situation, this card is telling you that it’s important to be at your working best, the top of your game, and putting our best foot forward. You may even be motivated to come up with a unique plan of action that puts you in the lead.

Financial Meaning for the Five of Swords

Financially, the Five of Swords could be pointing out a problem in the area of finances.  Maybe you and your other half can’t agree on a major purchase, or worse, you and an ex are having difficulty deciding how to split up furniture, bank accounts, etc. Maybe you’ve been spending beyond your means. The Five of Swords is asking you to find the problem and work towards an amicable outcome if possible. If you choose to ignore it, the problem may grow out of hand and get you even deeper in trouble.

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