Five of Swords Tarot Card Meaning and Art Waite Smith Tarot Deck
About the Deck
Pivotal and canonical, this deck defined a new pattern that would be followed up to the present. I made a digitally retouched and painted version of this deck, which I call the "Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck". The cards from that deck, as well as a modern English translation of the romantic English descriptions by Arthur Edward Waite (as appear on the Waite Smith Tarot deck) appear in a cross-referenced format in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot: In Vivid Color"
Designed by A.E. Waite and Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. England, 1911.
DescriptionA disdainful man looks after two retreating and dejected figures. Their swords lie upon the ground. He carries two others on his left shoulder, and a third sword is in his right hand, point to earth. He is the master in possession of the field.
Meaning of Five of Swords from the Waite Smith Tarot Deck
Degradation, destruction, revocation, infamy, dishonour, loss, with the variants and analogues of these.
The same; burial and obsequies.
According to Many Schools of Thought
Enemy triumphs at last moment.
An attack on the fortune of the Querent.
A sign of sorrow and mourning.
Mourning, Sadness, Affliction
Losses Trouble (same signification, whether reversed or not.)
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.