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FIVE OF SWORDS in The RIDER WAITE Deck of Tarot Cards

How to read the 5 five of swords tarot card in the minor arcana of the rider waite tarot

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Conflict, victory, strong adversary, hollow victory.


Two dejected looking figures are standing by the water, whilst the 3rd has 3 swords in his hands.  The swords of the other two people lie on the ground in front of him.


This is a card of conflict and victory, but at the expense of other people.  The figure looks quite smug with having all the swords. However this can be a hollow victory. This can be a serious quarrel.

This may be that you are up against someone who is much stronger than you and that they have all the factors in their favour.  It may be you that is the stronger of the people.

This is a card of arguments and hostility, and can be an “us-against-them” mentality.  This is a selfish card and there is no co-operation between people.

There are no real winners with this card. One person has all the swords, often to the detriment of the other parties.

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Amanda Goldston



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