Conflict · Defeat · Loss · Low self-esteem · Separation
The Five of Swords signifies the boundaries and limitations we must all accept in certain life situations. There are times when no amount of willpower, struggle or fighting will change a situation - the only way to deal with it is to accept things as they are. The V of Swords reflects a situation in which we are powerless to do anything but accept and work with the
situation as it is. Spiritually, everything is as it should be - whether we like it or not.
5’s in a reading indicate a time of changes and of ups and downs and upheavals.
Right now, it's important to attempt to pick up the pieces. You still have the chance to act while the conflict is still fresh. You may feel as if everyone and everything is against you. You might also lose some friends along the way. This is why you will need to make a significant decision about your point of view. What is more important to you? Mutual progress, or winning? This might require you to stand up to a conflict within yourself.
Weakness - Conflict - Dishonesty - Inner-conflict - Insensitivity - Deception
In the upright position, the Five of Swords is a card of tension, conflict, and disagreement. The Five of Swords reversal meaning shows you that all you want is for that particular period to be over so that you can forget and forgive. Because you are beginning to understand that winning is not everything, you will be capable of focusing your energy on something a lot more constructive and positive.
Another interpretation of this card in reverse is that the conflict you are experiencing is actually going to become more upsetting as you realize that there can only be losers. These are terms that you need to come to grips with.