Try as you might to avoid it, conflict is a necessary part of life. If we don’t address an issue, speak our minds, or break the tension, then we are just standing still, not creating changes. If we don’t speak up, our resentments can allow a situation to become a far bigger deal than necessary. On the other hand, some people just LOVE conflict. You know who I mean: The people who always seem to put themselves in the eye of the storm and the middle of everyone else’s entanglements.
When the Five of Swords appears in a tarot reading, it’s time to examine your relationship with confrontation. Whether you’re always running into the fire or trying your hardest to ignore it until everything blows up, it’s time to re-examine how you handle tension. Ask yourself some questions, like: How can you create positive changes rather than fighting for the sake of creating turmoil? Do you need to push this issue? Or do you need to compromise?
Five of Swords Keywords
Conflict, arguments, difficulties, struggle, defeat, competition, tension
Five of Swords Upright Meaning
How important is it for you to win this war? When you think about it, what is the long-term result you actually want? Whatever disappointment, pain, or hardship you are currently facing, it’s time to take a beat. Look past the immediacy of the emotions swirling around for you right now to see the big picture. No one wants to lose a job or be fired, but do you really need to sabotage your boss? Yes, a breakup is horrendous and no one likes to be dumped, but do you really need to expose how immature your ex is? When the dust settles and your emotions simmer down, do you think that enacting revenge is really the best course of action?
It might be time to rustle some feathers and make some noise, but it is essential to be strategic in the way you go about doing it. You want to get in and get out with minimal destruction. Unfortunately, sometimes a conflict arises and there are no real “winners,” but at least you can walk away knowing that you stood up for yourself.
Five of Swords Reversed Meaning
Pick your battles wisely. Does this situation really need to be addressed? Are you truly the one who needs to come in here and expose the truth? Is this the hill you are willing and ready to die on? (So dramatic!) If the answer is yes, let the games begin! But if there is any hesitation, then maybe you can step away gracefully and move on without a major altercation.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret…come in a little closer, because here it is: You don’t ALWAYS have to be right! Not everything has to be such a THING. There is a time and a place to be direct and confrontational, but there is ALSO a time and a place to walk away and let it go. Trust yourself to know the difference. And P.S.: You can avoid a world of stress and pain by knowing when to admit you’re wrong and say you’re sorry.