Five of Swords

A grinning man gathers up fallen swords while one person walks away from him and another person has his face buried in his hands, as if crying.  Storm clouds gather over a stagnant sea.

Trouble, arguments, strife, perhaps degenerating into physical violence.  This is a card of extreme power games where the only objective is winning despite the pain and injuries that are being caused by them.  There is an element of merciless sadism and mocking to the central figure. He fails to understand that people are disgusted and hurt by his actions and that they are literally leaving him alone.  If the card represents the questioner, he needs to take a serious look at the damage he’s causing to the people around him. This may also represent a seriously spiteful person causing pain in the questioners life.

Reversed: The troubles are leaving the questioner life, perhaps because he or she has made the decision to just walk away from it.

EXAMPLES:  The bully, school yard or otherwise.  This is the person who enjoys inflicting pain just for the sake of making other people suffer.  A petty sadist.

The so-called, “friend,” who is constantly making sarcastic, hurtful remarks about you and undermining your self-confidence and sense of self-worth.

Author: Dan Adair

Artist, writer, semi-retired wizard, and the author of, "Just the Tarot," by Dan Adair

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