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The Meaning of
the "Five of Swords" Tarot Card

Defeat
A growing belief or fear of failure. A competition has not gone well. Money is lost or status is injured.

[ inverted meaning ]
Overcoming opposition. A contest of wills proves difficult but ultimately victorious. Success is clutched from the jaws of defeat.

Advanced tarot interpretation

(Applies to the upright position) The Symbolism of the Tarot Card:

The man in the foreground has just beaten two dejected opponents who wander away from him. Their swords lie on the ground. He appears to have already collected swords from previous opponents that he has beaten. He is unmerciful in the mastery of his craft of battle, taking all the bounty that he can.

The Meaning of the Tarot Card:

Brute strength is called for in a situation. The need to assert one's rights. Degradation, loss, destruction. The loss of ego. Injury to pride, status, or reputation. The man appears to be gloating over his defeated opponents, taking pleasure in their loss. This superiority complex, or hubris, will be his eventual downfall. The battle is lost but the war is far from over.

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