Five of Swords Reversed Tarot Card


The Five of Swords reversed is centered around conflict and power struggles and the damage they usually cause. Because these battles can come at a high price, this tarot card may also serve as a reminder that not every fight is worth fighting. Evaluate your priorities and decide what things really matter and what things you need to let go. When this card is revealed during an online tarot card reading, there are several interpretations that could apply to your current situation.

A Lose-Lose Proposition

You have been fighting so passionately for your point of view in an argument. But now that the tension are high, you have come to a point where it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose – because according to the Five of Swords reversed, you’ll ultimately still lose in the end.

How did things get to this point? The problem is that you have both been fighting without listening. You are fighting so hard to win, that you are willing to win even at the expense of the other. Even victory won’t feel sweet at the end of this.

Once the conflict has escalated to this level, the best thing to do is to try to end the fighting as soon as possible. Focus on ways to move forward and restore any burned bridges. It’s time to “forgive and forget” so you can move forward to better things.

The Shadows of the Past

You have faced a conflict in the past that you just cannot seem to shake. Like a shadow, it follows you everywhere you go. The pain you feel from the residual tension is raw. Sometimes things may start to look better for a bit, but then it hits you once again, just like reopening an old wound. You worry that it is only a matter of time before history repeats itself. In order to move forward, you have to make peace with the ghosts of your past. Accept that what’s done is done. Be generous in your forgiveness and understanding, as this is the key to moving forward successfully.

Losing the Fight

After a long and hard fight, the Five of Swords reversed indicates that the end result is a terrible loss. You tried your best and the loss may not seem fair. But sometimes you just can’t win, despite your best efforts. As devastating as this loss may be, you can gain a lot by reflecting back on what happened and why things turned out the way they did. If it’s too hard to do this while the loss is still fresh, it is okay to wait some time until you are ready to explore things rationally.

Workplace Drama

Consider the Five of Swords reversed to be a reminder to stay out of conflicts that do not involve you. You may be putting your own career and reputation in jeopardy by escalating the conflicts of others. Or you may be creating an issue where there was never a problem in the first place. If something serious is going on, you should report it appropriately. Otherwise, it is probably time to step away and turn your focus to your own tasks and projects.

Time to Destress

All of the conflict around you can put you under tremendous stress. While some of this may be unavoidable, the Five of Swords reversed suggests that at least part of it is self inflicted. Let go of what you cannot control. Find time to destress by indulging in something relaxing, like a warm bath or a nice meal.

Learning to Adapt

If you have been facing ongoing health issues, the Five of Swords reversed suggests that you will soon find a way to resolve these problems. However, in order to improve your health, you will have to make a few sacrifices or adaptations. For example, you may have to learn how to work around an injury or give up something because of an allergy. Learning to adapt can be a struggle, but it will be worthwhile once you start seeing the benefits from the changes you have made.

Carrying a Reasonable Load

Overloading yourself with things to do is not the secret to being highly productive. By piling on too much on your plate, you will almost inevitably fail in one of two ways. Either you will become paralyzed by procrastination or you will be spread too thin to accomplish anything. If you want to be productive, you have to maintain a reasonable, achievable load and stay organized and systematic in your attack. Otherwise, you will end up burned out with nothing to show for it.


The Five of Swords reversed can be a good sign for your relationship. After struggling with conflict, you have both reached a point where you are ready to compromise and overcome these challenges. Your communication with one another has improved and the results speak for themselves. You’re willing to let things go in order to keep the peace. But be aware that maintaining this harmony requires a great deal of effort. Old habits die hard – and if you return to them, you will see a regression on the progress you have made in your relationship.

On the other hand, this tarot card can represent a relationship falling apart due to struggling with challenges and a failure to communicate. It may be time to go your separate ways before things deteriorate even further.

Looking for Love

If you are looking for love, the Five of Swords reversed shows that you are being too critical of your potential suitors. Remember that sometimes the traits you think you may want are not really what you need in a partner. You may be too quickly dismissing someone who you can really connect with.

When you are struggling with conflict and power struggles in your life, it can be hard to keep yourself afloat in the storm. Keen’s online tarot card readings can help provide you with answers to your question and valuable insight to understanding life’s conflicts. Our experienced tarot card readers can talk with you by phone, chat, or email. They are available to connect with you 24/7. Keen offers a satisfaction guarantee on all readings.

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