Tarot Readings

Five of Swords

Judgement Tarot Card
What does the Judgement Tarot Card mean?
  • By Gemma Irias
  • Published: 08/08/20 10:23 PM EDT
  • Updated: 08/08/20 10:23 PM EDT
What does the Judgement Tarot Card mean?

Five of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Element: Air

Function: Intelligence, the mind, sincerity, fairness

The first thing that may draw your attention with the Five of Swords is the smile of satisfaction on the young man’s face. He has two swords held up against him in his left hand and third pointing to the ground in this right hand. There are two more swords laying on the ground. There are two men walking away from the satisfied young man, heading towards a body of water, their heads are down, and the weather indicates a storm is about to come.

The young man is wearing red, the color of passion and a green tunic on top, the color of life. The two defeated men are wearing yellow, a symbol of intellect and thought. The young man may smile in triumph, but it is unlikely that he has beaten them with his wit. As he has three swords, he has probably defeated them with his brute force. This card makes us question why we would fight with three swords as it seems neither fair nor necessary.

The fight between them wasn’t a matter of life or death as the two men are not fleeing in fear. It is more likely related to damaged pride or social standing. The only thing the man seems to have gained is the ability to be smug. He may have two extra swords but what use are they to him? He is absorbed in his moment of victory and doesn’t realize that he has lost something far more important- his friends.

The coming storm also doesn’t seem to concern him, when really it should. He is now alone and has nobody to look after him and help him, to keep him warm and dry, even safe. The Five of Swords is a sign that winning a battle may rove you are smarter, or even stronger, but the only thing you have really achieved is to push away others in your life. Making others feel small or weak is not a quality that attracts friends and it definitely won’t help in the storm that is brewing.

And so, the Five of Swords is a clear warning to those who want to use intelligence or the intelligence they think they have in order to gain something against others. People only value those who can produce more than just intelligence. Bear in mind, this young man may also wish to disrupt harmony because he is unwilling to change or listen to the opinions of others.

When Reversed

In this position, it is likely that you have experienced the outcomes of winning one battle but losing the war. You have had your moment of smugness and now realize the need to make things right, or t least bring an end to the conflict between those you appear to have defeated.

It could also be a sign that you are no longer ken to fight or be alone. That what you were defending in the past has less significance today and you are more open to the ideas and thoughts of others.


This could mean that there was a time in your past when you didn’t have any sturdy foundations and you survived. People aren’t born great. They learn through their experiences and grow through trial and error.


Life is probably rather challenging at the moment and there might be someone trying to rub you the wrong way. If something isn’t productive, walk away from it. If you are feeling bullied in any way, you must tell someone. In fact, if there is anything displeasing in your life, now is the time to talk to someone.


In this position, you can assume there will be some kind of conflict in your future but now you know, you will be able to prepare for this. Discover what patterns in your past led to things not going your way.

Yes/No Question:

The answer is going to be no.

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