Five of Swords Tarot Card Meaning and Art Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
About the Deck
Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
These cards are featured in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot" by Loren Lundgren. I took the information for the meanings on these tarot cards from "The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition Under the Veil of Divination", by A. E. Waite, 1911, now in the public domain. I edited the tarot card descriptions and meanings for clarity and brevity, modernizing the text. I scanned in the original black and white illustrations of the cards drawn by Pamela Colman Smith, from the 1911 book. I digitally retouched and painted those illustrations in detailed color.
Loren Lundgren, © 2021
DescriptionA scornful man watches two retreating and dejected figures, whose swords lie on the ground. He carries two others on his left shoulder. A third sword in his right hand points to earth. He is the master in possession of the field.
Meaning of Five of Swords from the Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
Deterioration, destruction, revocation, disgrace, dishonor, loss.
The same; burial and funeral rites.
According to Many Schools of Thought
Papus's Divinatory Meanings
Enemy triumphs at last moment.
A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings
An attack on the fortune of the Querent.
A sign of sorrow and mourning.
S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings
Mourning, Sadness, Affliction
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.