5 of Swords

Meaning

In this card we see a battle has been won, but it has not been won easily. There are wounds that are visible, and the victory has been hollow. Often times this card appears when there are groups involved, such as in an office politics situation, or in social settings where drama arises. Air Signs represent higher level thinking, as well as the use of sharp words and intellect on occasion. Although these themes can come in very handy at times, sometimes words are used to maim and the end result is pain and wounds. You may have won the battle, but was it really worth it? This card foretells a time of great change, ups and downs, and many frustrations as you pursue your goals. Follow your intuition and keep your words and thoughts calm, and clean, and you will win the victories in the long haul.

Symbolism

In the 5 of swords we see a figure in the forefront holding tightly to 3 swords that he has gathered, and is continuing to gather and hold close to his chest. We also see two figures in the background, that are showing signs of defeat. This is not a light or dark card, but does not suggest a happy ending is available at this time. A deep battle has been fought, and there have been some scars created. The victor of the battle is taking the weapons of his opponent to keep them for himself for the next round. This is a double edged card, like the swords. There is an almost certainty victory, but at what cost?

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