Five of Swords as a Person: Upright & Reversed

The Five of Swords as a person can be seen as a representation of conflict and loss. This card personifies the struggles of life and the need to accept defeat.

It is a reminder that sometimes the best way to move forward is to accept that things have not gone as planned and to look for a way to move on in the face of adversity.

The Five of Swords person embodies resilience and strength in facing challenges.

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Five of Swords as a Person

When the Five of Swords occurs in a tarot reading as a person. It might indicate someone intent on winning at whatever cost. This person is driven to succeed. They may be competitive and determined to excel even if it means putting the needs of others above their own.

They could be prepared to take shortcuts manipulate circumstances or even betray others to reach the objectives they have set for themselves.

This individual could also be someone who is keenly aware of their self-interest and is unafraid to behave in a way that serves their best interests even if doing so endangers the well-being of others.

When in the upright posture this person gives the impression of being a strategic thinker and an ambitious person who is clear about what they want out of life and is prepared to do whatever it takes to achieve their goals.

They could be victorious in their endeavors making progress toward their objectives and ascending the ladder of achievement. It is essential to keep in mind that their approaches could be dubious and as a consequence, their relationships might suffer.

Five of Swords as a Person: Reversed

When seen in a reversed position. This individual may be suffering from emotions of guilt or shame about the activities they have taken.

They may have come to terms with the fact that they have caused harm to other people and are experiencing pangs of guilt as a result. They could also suffer the repercussions of their conduct such as broken relationships or a fall in social standing. 

In any event, the Five of Swords is the personification of someone intent on achieving victory at any cost. Often at the expense of other people. They may be successful in their endeavors but how they pursue those endeavors may be dubious.

It is essential for them to be conscious of their action’s effect on other people and to work toward striking a balance between accomplishing their objectives and behaving respectfully and compassionately toward other people.


In tarot, the Five of Swords may indicate a person so determined to succeed that they are prepared to lie, cheat, steal, and manipulate others to get what they want.

They may achieve their goals but their actions may be dubious. Suppose they are experiencing repercussions for their behavior and looking for methods to make apologies.

In that case, they must strike a balance between getting what they want and treating others with kindness and respect.