A man with a mocking grin on his face is seen sneaking away from an encampment bearing five swords in his arms while two swords remain thrust upright into the ground.
This card hearkens back, therefore, to both the five of swords and the two of swords. The same sort of merciless, sadistic power games are being played as in the five of swords, but there is an element of secrecy, concealment, and being underhanded about his malice. The individual is causing just as much harm but doesn’t want others to know about it.
Swords represent power and he is literally stealing someone else’s power from them. As a result of it he is leaving them power-less, locked into the same state of stalemate as the two of swords and no longer able to function.
Reversed: The person doing the stealing and deception is about to get caught. His or her behavior will be revealed and the problem will resolve.
EXAMPLES: The employee who is constantly undermining her supervisor with malicious gossip.
The, “friend,” who is gossiping about you behind your back and destroying your credibility and reputation.