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Five of Swords Art and Meaning

Rider Waite Smith Tarot Deck

A 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.

About the Deck

Pivotal and canonical, this deck defined a new pattern that would be followed up to the present.

Provenance

Designed by A.E. Waite and Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. England, 1911.

Meaning of Five of Swords from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot Deck

Upright

Degradation, destruction, revocation, infamy, dishonour, loss, with the variants and analogues of these.

Reversed

The same; burial and obsequies.

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.