Like all of the 5's, the 5 of Swords is a "crossroads" roads. You can keep going, or choose a new direction. It's up to you. There is no fate or destiny at work here, just your own will in the situation. There is no coming back from this position. You have either alienated those you are in conflict with, or you are the one who has been cut off.
his card shows three figures on a stage or raised platform. Two figures have their backs to us. One is in the distance, standing still with their head bowed. The other is in the middle distance and looks like they are in motion, possibly looking at the distant figure. In the foreground is a figure with their body facing the front, but their face in profile looks at the retreating figures.
They hold a sword in one hand, point facing down, and two swords in the other hand points facing up, blades resting against their shoulder. Beyond the figures and the stage is the ocean with mountains showing across the water. The background of the card shows a very light blue sky with grey clouds across it.
Yes/No upright: No
Yes/No reversed: No
Amplified by: Temperance
Amplifier for: Temperance
Zodiac/Element: Venus in Aquarius
Dates: 20 January - 29 January
Traditional Name: Defeat
Traditional Meaning: Divinatory Meanings: Degradation, destruction, revocation, infamy, dishonour, loss, with the variants and analogues of these. Reversed: The same; burial and obsequies.
TarotCraft Upright Meaning
Like all of the 5's, this is a card of the Crossroads. You can keep going or choose a new direction. It's up to you. There is no fate or destiny at work here, just your own will in the situation. There is no coming back from this position. You have either alienated those you are in conflict with, or you are the one who has been cut off. Best to move on from this point and start afresh. Let it go. It's not worth the struggle, and the price paid will be very high if you persist. There is nothing to win and no ground to gain.
TarotCraft Reversed Meaning
The same as the upright, but worse.
TarotCraft Gift, Invitation, and Challenge
The Invitation of this card is to cut your losses and head in a new direction.
The Gift of this card is that the future is a clean sheet of paper and the past is a closed chapter. You can start again with no serious repercussions or lasting losses for walking away.
The Challenge of this card can be neatly summed up as "Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy?".
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