Five of Swords
My self-study of Tarot continues with the Five of Swords. Or, as I just heard, “What’s yours is mine.”
Clandestine, steal away, subterfuge, sabotage, friendly fire, greedy, entitled, loss, arrogance.
Swords, “sharp” clouds, water, sand, mountains.
It’s those “sharp” clouds that seem to amplify the tone of this card. Their “edginess” speaks to the potential for stab-in-the-back action – possibly from someone known to the victim.
Blue, gray, white, green, red, orange, gold, silver, brown, black.
It’s the steel gray of the clouds that stands out as the “power color” in this card, for me. It lends to the harshness of the action; the coldness and hardness of it.
What the Guide Says About the Five of Swords
“A disdainful man looks after two retreating and dejected figures. Their two swords lie upon the ground. He carries two others on his left shoulder, and a third sword is in his right hand, point to earth. He is the master in possession of the field.
“Divinatory Meanings: Degradation, destruction, reversal, infamy, dishonor, loss. Reversed: The same – burial and obsequies.”
Obsequies: funeral rites.
Funeral rites? Burial? Perhaps the funeral rites for and burial of a broken relationship through the main figures dishonesty or entitlement.
What We Say About the Five of Swords
One person claims ownership and accolades over others.
A person chooses self-satisfaction and self-gratification over others.
A person of greed and want takes possessions of others, even as they are comrades.
Laughing at the hardship and distress of others while creating that hardship and distress.
Breaking trust of friends, family, colleagues for the purpose of personal gain.
I Might Ask a Client…
“How might you be sabotaging or ‘killing’ relationships through misappropriation?”
“Who in your life may be using your goodwill for their personal gain?”
What comes up for you around this card?