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Five of Swords Art and Meaning Vivid Waite Smith Deck

Designation

Five of Swords

About the Deck

Vivid Waite Smith

These cards are featured in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot" by Loren Lundgren. I took the information for the meanings on these tarot cards from "The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition Under the Veil of Divination", by A. E. Waite, 1911, now in the public domain. I edited the tarot card descriptions and meanings for clarity and brevity, modernizing the text. I scanned in the original black and white illustrations of the cards drawn by Pamela Colman Smith, from the 1911 book. I digitally retouched and painted those illustrations in detailed color.

Provenance

Loren Lundgren, © 2021

Tags

swords-5, five-of-swords, five, swords

Description

A scornful man watches two retreating and dejected figures, whose swords lie on the ground. He carries two others on his left shoulder. A third sword in his right hand points to earth. He is the master in possession of the field.

Meaning of Five of Swords from the Vivid Waite Smith Deck

Upright

Deterioration, destruction, revocation, disgrace, dishonor, loss.

Reversed

The same; burial and funeral rites.

According to Many Schools of Thought

Papus's Divinatory Meanings

Enemy triumphs at last moment.

A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings

Upright

An attack on the fortune of the Querent.

Reversed

A sign of sorrow and mourning.

S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

Mourning, Sadness, Affliction

Reversed

Losses Trouble (same signification, whether reversed or not.)

Mme. Le Marchand's Divinatory Meanings

you will have sleepless nights from joy. If you drink a glass of water every morning, fasting, you will obtain your wish. Great things are at hand; a time of trial will come, but if you lose not courae, the worst will soon be over.

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