8 Five of Swords Tarot Meanings: Love, Outcomes, Feelings & More!

The meaning of the Five of Swords Tarot card is ‘defeat.’ Often, it can predict that you will lose something through a fault of your own. However, at other times, the Five of Swords can predict that something will be stolen from you. You will experience misfortune in your conflicts. 

Five of Swords General Tarot Meaning

The Five of Swords is a typical theft card. You should remain vigilant, as your property may be at risk of being stolen. Make sure you have the proper insurance for these situations and be mindful of who you brag to about the things in your home.

Although theft is one interpretation for the Five of Swords, it’s more common for the theft to be symbolic. The Five of Swords can represent you losing out to an enemy who will outsmart you. You might experience loss of reputation, position, or status within both your career and circle of friends. Promotions and recognitions that you expected will not materialize. If you have plans for business, the competition may be too fierce to continue. Lovers being ‘stolen’ is also a possibility.

In general, the Five of Swords is symbolic of defeat; how this happens may not be fair, but it’s the way life is sometimes. The Five of Swords is especially dire if it appears in an outcome or future position. You will lose out to your enemies. You will lose out to your love rivals.

Five of Swords Love Tarot Meaning

Clearly, if there was ever a Tarot card meaning infidelity, the Five of Swords is it. This card is a warning that you cannot trust your partner or their motives. They are likely to cheat on you. Their eyes are always wandering. 

Not only does your partner look unfaithful, but they may also be taking advantage of you. The effort in the relationship is not 50/50. All you do is give and all your partner (or potential partner) does is take. If they have not started acting this way yet, take the Five of Swords as a warning that they will in the future. 

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Five of Swords Feelings Tarot Meaning

If you’re wondering what someone’s feelings are toward you, the Five of Swords means that they are an opportunist who’s only out for what they can get. The Five of Swords often pops up in reading where one partner is using the other for sex, money, or a place to stay. 

In some cases, the Five of Swords can represent an anxiety your lover has over you cheating on them. However, this anxiety usually stems from guilt at something they themselves have done, either in this relationship or a past one. 

Five of Swords Career & Business Tarot Meaning

Like in most other readings, the Five of Swords does not look good. Sometimes, it can be a warning that your business property will be stolen, whether that’s something physical or less tangible, such as intellectual property.

It’s very common for the Five of Swords to represent plagiarism. You should be very wary of who you share your plans and ideas with, even if you think the person you’re talking to is your friend. Many unscrupulous characters would not think twice before running off with your dreams. Be vigilant about who you let into your inner circle, and tell your secrets to no one.

Five of Swords Future Tarot Meaning

The future prospects of the relationship do not look good. However, just because you can do much better than your current partner is not to say that you will end the relationship. Sadly, you may accept your other half for the way they are, but know that you don’t have to. There is better out there if you’re willing to go out and look for it.

Yes or No with the Five of Swords

General – Unfortunately, the Five of Swords is usually a no for most types of questions. 

Do they like me? – Even if they do like you, they wish to take advantage of you. 

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Am I pregnant? – No, you are not. Your body is just tricking you. 

Is this relationship going to last? – That depends. If your lover views you as someone they can walk all over, the relationship will last. This partnership is going to survive for as long as you will allow. 

Does the future of this look promising? – No, the future of this partnership looks difficult. 

Am I going to reconcile with my ex? – More than likely, your ex already has their heart set on someone else. A reconciliation does not seem likely. 

The Five of Swords as a Negative, Weakness, or Obstacle

When the Five of Swords appears as a negative, weakness, or blockage in a Tarot spread, this means that you don’t know all the facts. There are people in your life who are not telling you the full story. 

You feel that you know everything there is to know about your situation, but you are being lied to. Someone is either not being truthful or is leading you on. Either way, it’s difficult to make all the decisions when you don’t have the facts. 

The Five of Swords as a Positive, Strength, or Advantage

There isn’t much good to come out of a Five of Swords, but there will be times when it appears as a strength or in a positive in a Tarot spread position. If this is the case, it means that what you were fighting for was not that great to begin with; although you feel like you’ve lost. the truth is that there wasn’t much to lose in the first place. 

You can also take comfort in knowing that your competitor will not actually enjoy what it is they’ve obtained. The thing you’ve been fighting so hard to keep isn’t really all that anyway.

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