Five of Swords as Feelings Tarot Card Meaning Sibyl Tarot

The Five of Swords is the card of conflicts, arguments, disputes, fights, and stress. The card shows a man picking up three swords from the ground. Behind him, two men are walking away from their swords. A battle has been fought and lost. There is conflict and strife. Even though the fighting has stopped for the time being, the air has not been cleared. 

The Five of Swords reminds us that conflict is a part of every relationship. Wherever there are people, conflict will always exist. Conflict can even be beneficial to a relationship, as it establishes boundaries and tells us when our needs are not being met. However, it is how we respond to conflict that matters. Conflicts can explode into strife, but they can also be worked through amicably. 

Upright Five of Swords as Feelings

If you are asking about how someone feels about you and you draw the Five of Swords, it means that this person is feeling irritable, angry, and stressed. They feel like things aren’t going well for them, and tension is in the air. There is an uneasy energy about them, making it easy for arguments and fights to erupt. 

This person may also feel that they need to be right. When they get into an argument, they may have a big ego. Instead of trying to solve the problem at hand, they feel very strongly that they need to win the argument. This causes clashes at the expense of their relationship with others. 

For singles and those embarking on new relationships, the Five of Swords means that this person is feeling stressed and irritable right now. There is a lot of tension in the air. Some of it might not even have to do with you. They are not in a great mood right now, and it is easy for arguments and fights to erupt. Communication between you may not be good right now, especially if this person feels like they have to be right all of the time. Try to assess if this is a temporary situation or if this is indicative of their entire personality, as they might not be the best fit for you.  

For existing relationships, the Five of Swords indicates that this person feels angry, irritable, and stressed. They feel like they have been having communication problems with you, and they don’t know why their approach is not working. If one or both of you feel like you always need to be right, it is doing a lot of damage to the relationship. Sit down with each other and have an open, honest, and non-judgmental conversation. 

If you are asking about an old flame or an ex’s feelings about you, the Five of Swords indicates that they feel angry about the situation. Things didn’t go well for them in the relationship, and things are not going well for them right now. Their ego is always getting in the way. If you are asking about whether or not reconciliation is possible, the message here is that it will not be possible until these ego issues are resolved.  

In the context of whether or not a relationship is headed for commitment, engagement, or marriage, the Five of Swords is a sign that something is not right here. There is tension in your relationship and communication issues that need to be addressed. One or both of you feel like you always need to be right. When this is resolved, this person will feel better about moving the relationship forward.

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Reversed Five of Swords as Feelings

When the Five of Swords is reversed, it means that this person is feeling like they need to cut their losses and walk away. They feel like they’ve fought as hard as they could for the issue at hand, but it just isn’t working. They are feeling ready to surrender because they know that in the long run, some things aren’t worth fighting for. 

Alternatively, this person feels like it is time to lay down their swords and look for compromise. Though their wounds hurt badly and they are struggling with deep pain inside of them, they know that sometimes it is best to just let things go. Just make sure that their pain does not fester into something worse in the future. 

For singles and those in new relationships, the Five of Swords reversed is a sign of feeling like they need to cut their losses and walk away. Something in this relationship isn’t clicking for them. They feel like things shouldn’t be this difficult in the beginning. If it is already this difficult, they reason, it will only get worse over time. Though it is hard to accept, sometimes it is better to realize that there are better relationships out there. 

For those in committed relationships, the Five of Swords reversed is a sign of feeling defeated. They feel like they’ve fought so hard for the two of you, but something just isn’t clicking. Though you both want things to work, your communication is not smooth. Sometimes you talk past each other. They are willing to work and find a compromise, but make sure that you clear the air with each other and give it time, or their resentments will continue to fester. Tread lightly.

If you are asking about an ex’s feelings about you, the Five of Swords reversed means that they feel like the breakup was justified. They tried their hardest, it wasn’t working, and now they feel that they need to cut their losses and move on. If you are wondering about reconciliation or getting back together, this is a sign that your ex isn’t interested. Though it’s painful to let someone go, know that there is still a twin flame out there for you, waiting to meet you.   

In the context of whether or not a relationship is headed for commitment, engagement, or marriage, the Five of Swords reversed is a negative signal. This person is feeling like they are at the end of their rope. They have realized that the two of you want different things in life. They don’t think that they can give you what you want, so they are ready to walk away.  

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Conclusion

For relationships and feelings, the Five of Swords represents conflict. Conflict will always exist, wherever people exist. Conflict is important, because it tells us when something is not right. It’s how we deal with conflict in relationships that matters. The choice is on us, whether we want to take it as an opportunity to explode or see it as potential to grow. 

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