FIVE OF PENTACLES

FIVE OF PENTACLES TAROT CARD MEANINGS KEYWORDS
Upright: Isolation, insecurity, worry, financial loss, poverty
Reversed: Recovery from financial loss, spiritual poverty

FIVE OF PENTACLES TAROT CARD MEANINGS AND DESCRIPTION
The Five of Pentacles, like the fives in the other suits, portrays a situation of adversity. In this card, a destitute couple walk through the snow outside the stained glass of a brightly lit church window. The church is symbolic of providing spiritual comfort while helping those who cannot help themselves. The man uses a crutch because of his crippled leg and the woman attempts to cover herself with her threadbare shawl. Both appear to be living in poverty and with little or no possessions.

UPRIGHT FIVE OF PENTACLES TAROT CARD MEANINGS
The Five of Pentacles typically points to a time of financial strife, poverty and adversity and indicates that you have suffered a significant financial loss or failure. This card shows the many faces of material misfortune and lack, including loss of funds, general poverty, illness, unemployment, and solitude. If you have suffered a loss, know that there are people around you who are willing to help. There is always a solution and always a way out, so either open your eyes and go to it, or close your eyes and let the inner light guide you.
Often, what has caused these financial problems is a matter of your own emotions – greed will lead to loss, anxiety will lead to error, possessiveness will lead to solitude. By focusing on the material, you lose sight of your spiritual development. You may be rich for a while but all will be lost if you learn nothing.
On a psychological level, the Five of Pentacles may indicate difficulty with your relationship to money and material things. If money becomes the primary motivating force in life and the gauge by which you judge your worth, the lack of it may produce anxiety and a sense of being excluded from the good things money can provide. For example, if you are unfortunate enough to encounter financial difficulties such as the loss of employment or an investment gone belly-up, you may fall into the trap of losing faith in your ability to recreate a positive financial situation for yourself. Therefore, you should not only consider your actual financial circumstances but also your attitudes toward money. What fears do you have around money and wealth? Are you anxious about never having enough, or do you have faith in your ability to manifest what you need to live a prosperous, fulfilled life no matter what your circumstances? Often wealth is based as much on your psychological state as your actual financial state.
In a world that often equates success with financial wealth, the loss shown on the Five of Pentacles can be a humbling blow to your self-esteem and sense of self-worth. This loss can occur in any number of ways but even though an external event may seem to be the cause, this card often reflects that the loss is something you have bought upon yourself. There is a spiritual loss that often precedes or accompanies loss of material wealth.
The Five of Pentacles can also point to a time of being alone, feeling abandoned, ignored and unwanted. You may be excluded from group events or you are being ostracised by others. You are in desperate need of support and comfort from those who actually care.

REVERSED FIVE OF PENTACLES TAROT CARD MEANINGS
The Five of Pentacles reversed indicates an end to difficult times, particularly if you have recently suffered a major financial loss or job loss. You may find new sources of income, a new job, or someone has offered to help you out while you get back on your feet. You may be starting to feel as if life is worth living again and starting to regain your self-confidence. Finally you can see a way out of your financial difficulties and your hope is being renewed.
The reversed Five of Pentacles can sometimes indicate the persistence of inner, spiritual poverty. It reflects a time when you feel isolated and alone, even if surrounded by many people. You may feel as though something is just completely out of place and you are struggling to place your finger on what it is. Return to the Four of Pentacles and you may come to realise that you have placed too much emphasis on your material wealth and have neglected your spiritual well-being.

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FIVE OF WANDS

FIVE OF WANDS TAROT CARD MEANINGS KEYWORDS
Upright: Disagreement, competition, strife, tension, conflict
Reversed: Conflict avoidance, increased focus on goals

FIVE OF WANDS TAROT CARD MEANINGS AND DESCRIPTION
In the Five of Wands, five men wave around their wands chaotically without any regard for each other and appear to be in direct competition with each other and engaged in conflict. However, on closer observation, their wands are only raised and are not striking anyone. It is possible that they are actually enjoying themselves in this chaos with no real intent to harm anyone. The men wear different coloured clothes to symbolise the various backgrounds and belief systems that are held by the world’s populations.

UPRIGHT FIVE OF WANDS TAROT CARD MEANINGS
In the Tarot, the Fives typically represent conflict and change, and this is no different for the Five of Wands. This card indicates that you are in the midst of conflict, tension and competition and it is impacting your ability to move forward with your goals. Rather than being able to work together with others, you are coming up against it and are constantly being challenged on your point of view. The trouble is that everyone is trying to express their point of view and opinions but no-one is listening, and so there is little progress. There is only conflict, and there is little or no value in the discussions that are occurring. Similarly, this card is representative of a group of people who are committed to an end but they cannot fully agree on how to implement this goal, as each has their individual agenda as to how to bring this to fruition. Aim to turn this into constructive conflict by allowing each person to openly share their thoughts but then listen to other people’s thoughts. Once everyone has been heard and all opinions have been considered, determine the best path forward.
Sometimes, this type of conflict and discussion can be very positive, such as in the case of group brainstorming and problem-solving. You need a positive environment where you can test your ideas and have them challenged, and improved, by others. You may benefit by establishing a working group, committee, or ‘mastermind’ group with other individuals who bring varying perspectives and experiences. Be open to this type of conflict and discussion as a positive contribution to improving the quality of your ideas and actions.
The Five of Wands often points to competition where you are up against a number of people of similar quality or experience as you. You may not be used to having to compete with others just yet, as you have built your success on your own but now it is time to truly experience what competition really means and requires. It is like the top student who excels at university, only to enter the workforce with a number of other high-performing individuals and is forced to compete for the top spot. Where there is competition, respect your opponent but stand up for your point of view. Fight the tendency towards frustration, anger, hate and prejudice.
The Five of Wands also encourages diversity and differences of opinion. You may be in a situation where you are dealing with people from different cultures and backgrounds, and may be struggling with accepting their way of living. Know that each person has something unique to bring to the table and that you will actually benefit by learning more about them and what they have to offer.
The Five of Wands encourages an enthusiastic approach to change. Change is coming, whether you like it or not, however your challenge will be in ensuring that everyone is on the same page and is focused on dealing with this change constructively and positively. Currently, there is scattered energy resulting from misdirected enthusiasm. Everyone has many ideas but no-one is there to bring them into one consistent path forward. Your role may be in identifying a clear strategy and purpose that can be implemented by all involved.
Sometimes, the Five of Wands indicates a personal struggle and conflict, either about external or internal issues that are causing a lot of tension and confusion for you. You have different opinions of your own about how you should approach your current circumstances and you have not really worked out in your own mind what your final stance is going to be. You may be trying to work through your personal point of view on a number of external contentious issues such as abortion, immigration, globalisation, or the environment, or you may be working through personal issues such as whether you stay or leave a particular relationship or job. At the same time, you have others around you who have strong views about what you should do and this, in total, is creating a huge amount of conflict, tension and disagreement. Just when you think you have a clear point of view, you are challenged on that view or you discover new information, and you change your standpoint again. This process is actually highly beneficial and will help you to come to a well-researched and well-thought out perspective. Know, too, that there is no ‘right’ answer, and whichever path you do choose, someone is not going to agree with it. So, you have to find the most comfortable option possible that sits best with you. It may not be 100% right for you but you need to choose whatever is closest.

REVERSED FIVE OF WANDS TAROT CARD MEANINGS
The Five of Wands reversed can suggest that you have tendency to avoid conflict wherever possible. You may find that any sort of tension or conflict makes you feel quite uneasy and you wish it would just go away. So, you deflect a lot of that energy and just ignore the problem, if there is one. The trouble, however, is that in doing this, you may just be pushing some of your own concerns to the side, without really dealing with them or being assertive about them. Some conflict can be good, particularly if it is constructive and teases out the underlying issues in a way that then generates a better solution. Consider whether always avoiding conflict is the best way to go, or if you are finding yourself just compromising on what is important to you.
The Five of Wands reversed is like a sigh of relief after conflict and struggle. You are no longer up against so much competition and can just ‘be’. On more personal level, you have worked through your anger and hostility and you feel more secure in your relationships. You do not have to constantly prove yourself anymore.
The reversed Five of Wands can also indicate a realisation that you do indeed need focus to achieve your goals. You have come through a period of scattered thought and random ideas only to find yourself in the same place you were when you started. You now acknowledge that if you are to progress your goals further, you must focus your attention on your key priorities and stay committed to your goal without considering even more possibilities or opportunities.

FIVE OF CUPS

FIVE OF CUPS TAROT CARD MEANINGS KEYWORDS
Upright: Loss, regret, disappointment, despair, bereavement
Reversed: Moving on, acceptance, forgiveness

FIVE OF CUPS TAROT CARD MEANINGS AND DESCRIPTION
The Five of Cups is a card that signifies difficulty, loss, and the challenges of dealing with that loss. The figure in the card wears a black cloak in which he hides his face in apparent despair. At his feet are five cups, three of which have fallen and spilled onto the ground and the other two behind his back remain standing. He does not seem to notice these upstanding cups because he is so focused on the fallen cups instead. Ahead of him a powerful river flows between himself and a castle or home in the distance. To his right is a bridge that can lead him to the security of the house across the river. Despite the fact that this card has a strong indication of loss and tribulation, there is a positive aspect that must be considered. Is your cup half full or half empty?

UPRIGHT FIVE OF CUPS TAROT CARD MEANINGS
The Five of Cups represents a lack of fulfilment or non-attainment of expected results. You are feeling disappointed that a situation has not turned out as you had hoped, and instead of moving on to greener pastures, you are wallowing in self-pity and regret about what has been lost. The water spilled from the cups shows that the cause for regret is more emotional than financial. You are quickly becoming disillusioned with life and increasingly pessimistic about your future.
The Five of Cups suggests that you are having trouble letting go of the past and learning from your mistakes. This card can often reflect a person who is caught up in the past and unable to move on, missing out on new opportunities. Bitter memories from the past continue to bother you, and often a great deal of the blame for past actions is placed on yourself and your inadequacies. To some it would seem that there is no way out of this situation but the Tarot always shows problems on one hand and solutions on the other.
Forgiveness and the ability to recover after emotional loss are necessary. If you are feeling disappointed by another person’s actions, and then find it within your heart to forgive that person, releasing yourself from the disappointment. You may also need to re-assess your expectations that have led you to this disappointment. Were you expecting too much?
Remember, too, that hindsight is much clearer than foresight and present-day wisdom is gained from the mistakes of the past. Reflect on what lead you to this point and understand what important lessons you can take from the experience. Even when things go pear-shaped, there is always something positive that can be gained by reflecting on the lessons learned.
While it is true that much has been lost, there is still a ray of hope because some of the cups in this card remain full and upright. You must not pity yourself when you find yourself in his situation. Instead of looking at the situation from a ‘glass is half empty’ perspective, look at it from a ‘glass is half full’ perspective.

REVERSED FIVE OF CUPS TAROT CARD MEANINGS
The reversed Five of Cups shows recovery from regret and an acceptance of the past. Now, you are beginning to realise the full implications of the past and you have come to appreciate the lessons learned from the experience. You may even recognise the value of the painful experience in the broader scheme of things in preparing you for later experiences. You are ready to pick up the remaining two cups that are full of the water of emotional growth and go on.
This card is also about learning to be open and to take risks again. It is a card of a lingering sense of regret, nostalgia and bittersweet memories but the card itself speaks of being hopeful for the future, getting over whatever you need to get over, and of seeing the sun peek through the clouds once again! If you have suffered a broken romance, the reversed Five of Cups signifies an end to the suffering, and a beginning to new loves and relationships, new interests, and new emotional outlets. You are starting to engage with the inspiring, creative and feeling side of life again.
The reversed Five of Cups is about values and knowing what you truly want and what will really make you happiest. It is about the hidden blessings that lie behind obvious disappointments. Sometimes disappointments are required to see through illusions and free you to find what is truly of value in life. Once you have made this transition, you will be free to embrace new opportunities.
Sometimes, the reversed Five of Cups indicates a feeling of being trapped in the past, holding on too tightly to the might-have-beens, and not being able to focus on the positive. The reversal could also indicate buried feelings of regret, that you are not allowing to surface and therefore they never get dealt with and brought to closure. Five is also the number of change, and indicates an emotional destabilisation that is intended to create change in how you approach your life.

FIVE OF SWORDS

FIVE OF SWORDS TAROT CARD MEANINGS KEYWORDS
Upright: Conflict, tension, loss, defeat, win at all costs, betrayal
Reversed: Open to change, past resentment

FIVE OF SWORDS TAROT CARD MEANINGS AND DESCRIPTION
In the Five of Swords, a young man, with a look of contempt on his face, stares at his conquered enemies. He possesses five swords, most of which he has taken from the other people in the card. The other two figures walk away from him slowly, with a sense of sadness and loss. The sky is cloudy and tumultuous, indicating that not all is well despite the battle being seemingly over.

UPRIGHT FIVE OF SWORDS TAROT CARD MEANINGS
The Five of Swords sees you engaging in conflict or finding yourself disagreeing with others, leading to tension and hostility. Despite thinking you have won, you may still end up the loser because you have hurt or annoyed others and have subsequently isolated yourself. You try to pick up the pieces and act as if the conflict is now in the past but others have now lost faith in you and do not want to be around you. This might be one of those times when it feels like everyone is against you and you may lose some friends along the way. You will need to make a decision about whether your point of view is so important to you that it is ok to put your relationship with others in jeopardy, or whether you can compromise and try to see eye-to-eye with others.
The Five of Swords can also represent conquest. If you have been aggressive in your struggles, then you will soon accomplish your objectives. However, if you have been passive, you may need to compromise on your personal interests, giving in to the wishes of the opposing force. You will feel that there are more obstacles ahead, and you will not want to face the ordeal you know you must if you are to have what you want or the way you want it. Overall, you are in for a struggle and there is more work or problems ahead than you are aware of now. Things will not go as well as they should, and you will have conflicts or clashes of will with others.
Thus, the Five of Swords is a card representing ambition but in the negative sense. Too much ambition without regard to the consequences to yourself or others results ultimately in a situation of loss for everyone. You may be represented either by the callous winner or the dejected losers. In any case, there is a negative connotation. If your focus is solely on winning your goals at any cost, you will eventually discover to your own dismay that the price of winning may not have been worth the reward. Arrogance and pride often go hand-in-hand with a difficult triumph such as this, and you must be careful not to think you are invincible. You have overcome a challenge, and you have the right to feel proud but know that there will be other rivals to face and that some of them will eventually defeat you. Boasting to others that you are invincible is an invitation for someone to prove you wrong. If your victory was won through cheating or unethical conduct, beware of an attempt at vengeance.
The Five of Swords can relate to a betrayal or sneak attack by someone you trust and do not suspect as your enemy. There may be an unfaithful partner or a jealous person in your life who is sabotaging you behind your back. Look to other Court cards in the reading to understand who may be working against you. You must be very careful whom you trust at this point in time because you are vulnerable to attack and gossip.
The Five of Swords may simply point to defeat. It shows that, despite your best efforts, you are likely to be beaten. If you allow yourself to become disillusioned after such a loss, then you are on the path to increased ruin and torment. Accept your defeat, learn from it, and then make sure that next time you succeed. Be smarter and wiser as a result of your loss. Just as they say in the reality TV show Survivor, “Outwit, Outplay, and Outlast.”
Alternatively, the Five of Swords can be seen from quite a different angle – that of a hollow victory. It is possible that the two ‘defeated’ men in this card were really not defeated at all; they simply laid down their arms and walked away. The men either knew that they would lose, or they knew that trying to win would be a waste of energy and a pointless exercise. By choosing not to fight, they are really the winners here, because he who knows when to fight, and when not to fight, will be victorious.
The advice of the Five of Swords is to pick your battles. You may be tempted to fight every conflict to ensure you get your way, to prove that you are right, or to defend yourself when you are feeling challenged or threatened by another person. However, most experts agree, choosing your battles wisely is a much better way of life than battling out every disagreement. Not only will picking your battles lead to a more peaceful existence, it is also more likely to strengthen your interpersonal relationships.

REVERSED FIVE OF SWORDS TAROT CARD MEANINGS
As a card of conflict, tension and disagreement, the reversal of the Five of Swords shows that you really just want this period of fighting to be over, so that you can forgive and forget, and then focus your energies on more constructive activities such as restoring your relationship back to normal. The conflict is becoming upsetting now and you realise that there can only be losers in this battle. You now just want to put this behind you and move on.
Thus, the Five of Swords reversed suggests that you are now more open to change. The arguing is over and you are more willing to look at the situation with fresh eyes. You are willing to lay down your sword and begin negotiating, honestly trying to arrive at a win-win solution rather than always knocking heads. A return to the Four of Swords is required, where tranquillity and peace drive your thoughts and behaviour, moving away from tension and conflict. This is a good time to reach out to those with whom you have recently had conflict or disagreements, and make amends.
The Five of Swords reversed can sometimes indicate conflict in your life that you have tried to walk away from but which continues to follow you. For example, there may still be an ex in your life who is making things difficult and who may be preventing you from moving on to new relationships. So long as there is conflict, tension and raw emotion at play, avoid this person or situation.
Similarly, the reversed Five of Swords can suggest that an old wound has been re-opened and you are experiencing fear and tension associated with that memory. You may be particularly worried that history might repeat itself or that you could be hurt again. Aim to forgive and forget so that you can indeed move on.
There may also be some residual resentment following a recent or past argument with someone close to you. You have had some very challenging and heated conversations together and you still harbour some negative emotion from these discussions. This may still be unresolved and unaddressed and this in itself is impacting your ability to create a harmonious relationship.
The reversed Five of Swords serves as a reminder that, at times, it may be appropriate to disregard the opinions of others. Sometimes you just cannot please everyone and unfortunately there may be some friendships lost along the way. Sadly, not everyone is going to be as accommodating of your desire to pursue your own goals, particularly if it impacts on them and their ability to live their life the way they want to. What you will have to accept is that you cannot please everyone and there are going to be people who are annoyed that you cannot be there for them as much as in the past. They will just need to deal with this and get over it, I’m afraid.

FIVE OF SWORDS

Five of Swords Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Defeat, surrender, change, walking away, self-sacrifice, self-sabotaging behaviour, underhanded behaviour, deception, lack of communication, aggression, bullying, intimidation, abuse, violence, crime, rape, murder, assault, standing up for yourself, victory, fighting back, overcoming challenges, serious conflict, hostility, stress

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the Five of Swords is not always a good omen as it can represent defeat, change surrender and walking away. It is a Minor Arcana card of self-sabotaging or underhanded behaviour and deception and lack of communication. It can also represent serious conflict, stress and lack of communication. The Five of Swords Tarot card comes with a warning as it can signify hostility, aggression, intimidation and violence and as such it can represent situations we would hope to never encounter in our lives such as crime, theft, bullying, abuse, assault, rape, murder. On the other hand, it may simply represent the action one must take to overcome being challenged by others such as standing up for oneself and fighting back. As such it can be an indication of victory. If so, the victory it represents will be hard won as you will have quite a battle on your hands.

Health
In a health Tarot reading, the Five of Swords indicates that you a likely to be feeling battle weary at the moment in terms of health. Whether it is stress, anxiety or a recent illness, the challenges you have been through or a currently going through have drained your energy. Treat yourself with kindness and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. This card also warns against engaging in self-sabotaging behaviour. As such, if you are struggling to cope with things, this card carries a serious warning not to use alcohol or drugs as a coping mechanism at this time as it may have bad consequences for you.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot spread, if you are in a relationship the Five of Swords is not a great omen as it can indicate arguments, hostility and serious conflict arising due to a lack of communication. It is also a Minor Arcana card of deception and self-sabotaging behaviour so infidelity and cheating can be signified by this card. It can also indicate divorce or separation as it can represent defeat and walking away. In its extreme negative, the Five of Swords can indicate bullying, intimidation, abuse, violence, assault, rape and murder. You should not be in fear of your partner and if you are, this tells you that something is seriously wrong. If your partner is abusive, you need to recognise the danger you are in and reach out for the support of family and friends or organisations that can help you to get the strength to walk away and take back your power. No one who truly loved you would treat you that way. If you are single, the Five of Swords indicates that you may be seeking out relationships with people who have a dark side and are potentially dangerous or deceptive. The extreme negative of this card signifies the types situations you would never wish to find yourself in so ensure you are taking proper precautions when going on dates with people you do not know very well such as meeting in a public place and letting a family member or friend know who you are meeting and where etc

Money & Career
In a career Tarot reading, the Five of Swords indicates that there is conflict in the work place. Expect stress, tension, arguments and hostility caused by poor communication or a complete lack of communication when this Minor Arcana card appears in your career Tarot spread. This may be leading you to feel defeated or like you should walk away or change careers. In its extreme negative, the Five of Swords can indicate bullying, intimidation or harassment and there may be some deception or underhanded behaviour going on. You may find yourself in the position of needing to fight back or stand up for yourself. Stay calm and rational in your approach. Make sure any action you take is the really the right move for you and not made out of duress but do not allow yourself to be victimised. At the same time, this is a card of self-sabotaging behaviour so you need to look at your own contribution to the situation and ensure that you are not part of the problem. In a financial Tarot spread, the Five of Swords indicates that there may be some deception or underhanded dealings in relation to finances. Be careful who you trust and make sure you are dealing with money in a fair and legal manner. Any current financial woes are likely to leave you feeling defeated but you need to look at how your current financial situation has come about. Have you sabotaged yourself? If so, you do not need to dwell on your mistakes, simply acknowledge and learn from them and start making better choices. You may simply need to sacrifice some luxuries until your finances improve.

Spirituality
In a spiritual context, the Five of Swords indicates that the challenges you have overcome have given you the wisdom, strength and empathy to heal others. This card also indicates change so you may find yourself pursuing a new spiritual path when it appears.

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Reversed Meaning Guide
Five of Swords Reversed Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Peaceful resolution, moving on, compromise, communication, ending conflict, releasing stress, overcoming challenge, major sacrifice, risk everything, relentless, revenge, escalating violence, held accountable, arrest, uncovered crime, regret, remorse, humiliation, shame, not heeding warnings , surrendering to challenges

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the Five of Swords reversed can be a good omen as it can signify the peaceful resolution of a situation, ending conflict and moving on. It is a Minor Arcana card of communication, compromise, overcoming challenges and releasing stress. However, the Five of Swords Tarot card reversed can signify an escalation in serious violence and revenge. It can also signify risking everything, being relentless, not heeding warning signs and surrendering to challenges. It can also represent someone being held accountable for their actions, crimes being uncovered, arrests, regret, remorse, shame and public humiliation.

Health
In a health Tarot reading, the Five of Swords reversed indicates suggests that you will find a way to resolve an ongoing or recurring health issue that has been a problem for you. It indicates that a compromise or sacrifice needs to be made to bring this about, for example you may find that you are allergic to a food you love and have to give it up or you may find that you have to adjust your fitness regime to compensate for an injury but a solution is possible

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot spread, if you are in a relationship the Five of Swords reversed can indicate that you and your partner may be putting an end to some conflict in your relationship, learning to compromise and overcoming challenges. You may be letting bygones be bygones in respect of any arguments or issues you have been having and learning to communicate with each other but be aware, this peace requires work to make it last. If you return, to previous patterns you will sabotage the progress you have made. On the flip side, the Five of Swords reversed can be an indication of a complete breakdown in communication and succumbing to challenges in the relationship. If either of you has been unfaithful or underhanded in the relationship, this card can indicate that you will be exposed quite publicly as it indicates public shaming, revenge, remorse and regret. If you are in an abusive relationship, this card tells you to heed the warning that you are in danger! Get out before it escalates into serious violence. If you are single, the Five of Swords reversed indicates that you may have realised that you have been too critical or dismissive of a potential partner and may now be willing to give them a chance or they you. Alternatively, it can indicate that you have decided that a potential partner is not at all right for you and are letting them go

Money & Career
In a career Tarot reading, the Five of Swords reversed indicates that a conflict in the workplace may be coming to an end. Tensions may be being released, compromises made and a peaceful resolution is now possible as lines of communication open up when this Minor Arcana card appears in your career Tarot spread. This card may see you making major sacrifices to overcome challenges in your career. Alternatively, it can indicate an escalation in conflict as someone may be attempting to sabotage you. Look to supporting cards to confirm this. If there has been deception or underhanded business deals at play, the Five of Swords reversed will see the culprits being held accountable and publicly shamed or even fired. In a financial Tarot spread, the Five of Swords reversed again sees any untoward financial dealings exposed and the person responsible being held accountable so ensure you are acting with integrity or it will come back to bite you. It can also indicate a release of tension in regards to financial woes so if you have been struggling to manage your finances, this card would see you finding a resolution to your issues

Spirituality
In a spiritual context, the Five of Swords reversed can indicate that you have overcome a major hurdle in relation to your spiritual path and that this may have required a major sacrifice on your part, for example parting way with an old belief system and letting go of some traditions that you were used to. You are now in a position to move in a spiritual direction that works for you.

FIVE OF CUPS

Five of Cups Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Sadness, loss, grief, despair, abandonment, guilt, remorse, regret, trauma, bereavement, mourning, heartbreak, unwelcome change, emotional instability, focusing on loss, focusing on negative emotions, isolation, loneliness, emotional baggage, divorce, separation, anger, disappointment

General meaning and interpretation
How many negative emotions can one card represent? Quite a few in the case of the Five of cups! In a general context, the Five of Cups Tarot card can represent sadness, loss, loneliness and despair. When this card appears it indicates that you are focusing on the negative. This may be the result of some sort of trauma or unwelcome change you have suffered. As such, this card can signify heartbreak, divorce or separation. The Five of Cups also tends to appear if you have suffered a recent bereavement as it represents mourning and grief. It is a card of emotional baggage and instability and can signify that you feel deep remorse, regret, anger, sorrow or disappointment. It is also the Minor Arcana card of abandonment and can either represent you being abandoned by someone significant to you or you abandoning plans or people in your life. It can also indicate loneliness or isolation. However, for all the negative connotations this card can bring there is a positive message underneath it all. The figure depicted in the card is crying over the spilt cups and seems to be oblivious to the fact that two cups are still upright. This is reminding you that no matter how bad things may seem there is always a silver lining, you just have to choose to see it.

Health
In a health context, the Five of Cups can indicate emotional baggage causing mental health issues. It can represent grief or sadness causing depression or your need to isolate yourself causing you panic attacks in social situations or agoraphobia. Try to get back out into the world. Take small steps at first such as a quiet coffee with a trusted friend and gradually bring yourself back to the world around you. If you are struggling, you may benefit from speaking to a professional counsellor.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot spread, if you are single, the Five of Cups can indicate that you are overcome with sadness or despair about a past relationship that did not work out. You may feel as though “The One” has slipped through your fingers and could be oblivious to potential partners as you are so focused on your sense of loss. You may also be consumed by remorse, regret or guilt. Perhaps due to mistakes you made in a past relationship. The Five of Cups is also a card of bereavement and as such, can indicate the loss of a loved one. If you have lost a partner, the Five of Cups can signify that you are isolating yourself as you feel too heartbroken to even contemplate dating anyone. If you do not feel up to dating, that is ok! However, try not to isolate yourself. You must deal with the present and try to stay grounded. Keep a supportive network of friends around you or join a support group if you need help. There is still love in your future even if you are not quite ready for it at the moment. If you are in a relationship, the Five of Cups is not a great omen as it can signify a break-up, separation or divorce. It can also indicate that you may be still harbouring old feelings about an ex rather than emotionally committing 100% to your current relationship. If so, you will need to work on resolving these feelings, if you want your current relationship to move forward. The Five of Cups can also represent abandonment or can simply indicate that fear of abandonment is causing friction in your relationship.

Money & Career
In a career context, the Five of Cups can indicate a job loss or the collapse of a business. If you are in business it can also signify a business partner or staff member abandoning the company or it can signify you leaving the business or abandoning a business plan. Although this indicates an unwelcome, difficult change in circumstances there is still something that can be salvaged from the situation so try not to let anger, frustration or despair overwhelm you. It can also represent a career in grief or trauma counselling. In financial Tarot spread, the Five of Cups can indicate a financial loss so now is not a time to be frivolous with money or to make investments. If you have suffered a recent bereavement, the Five of Cups can indicate that you will receive some sort of inheritance.

Spirituality
In a spiritual context, the Five of Cups indicates that you may be holding on to feelings of deep anger, frustration or resentment. As the saying goes, holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. You need to forgive those who have wronged you, for your own sake in order to move forward on your spiritual path. Consider therapy or energy healing to help you put these emotions behind you. Try to visualise those who have hurt you coming to you to apologise for the pain they caused you in the past and ask the universe to help you to forgive them, forgive yourself and release the pain you have been holding onto
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Five of Cups Reversed Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Moving forward/ moving on, accepting help, healing, forgiveness, re-joining the world, releasing emotions, letting go of grief, letting go of regret or guilt, letting go of sorrow, overcoming despair, releasing emotional baggage, acceptance
Reversed Meaning Guide

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the Five of Cups Tarot card reversed represents acceptance, forgiveness and healing. You have come to terms with your grief and sorrow. You have realised that living the rest of your life in regret, mourning or sadness will not change the past and have accepted that you have to move on with your life. You are beginning to open up your awareness to the opportunities that have been all around you all along. Alternately, the card can also indicate the negative feelings of the upright card being prolonged or dragged out. However, the Five of Cups reversed usually signifies that you are ready to begin re-joining the world. You are letting of the past, releasing your negative emotions and emotional baggage. You may also be willing now to accept help from those around with this Minor Arcana card in your Tarot reading. This is a positive step forward as previously you were so caught up in despair that you could not accept the help that was offered to you, which left you feeling lonely and isolated. If you have been bereaved, the Five of Cups reversed can signify coming through a period of intense mourning.

Health
In a health Tarot reading, the Five of Cups reversed indicates that allowing yourself to let go of past pain and opening up to positive healing energy will be key to resolving any health issues you are experiencing. If you are struggling to let go of negativity, some energy healing may be beneficial.

Love & Relationships
In a Love Tarot reading, if you are single, the Five of Cups Tarot card in a reversed position can indicate that you have let go of your regrets or sorrow over your past relationships and are ready to move on. You are beginning to see the possibilities for romance that are all around you. You are starting to re-join life and get back out there and meet people. You are finally able to forgive others for the pain they have caused you. Alternately, it can indicate that you are still holding onto the negative feelings of the upright version of the card, to the detriment of your future. You may want to consider counselling or healing if you are struggling to resolve these feelings by yourself. If you are in a relationship, the Five of Cups reversed indicates that you may be ready to forgive past mistakes in the relationship so that you and your partner can move forward. It represents a time of healing and renewal in the relationship. Alternately, it can signify that you are still holding on to old pain which is stopping the relationship from progressing.

Money & Career
In a career context, the Five of Cups reversed can represent getting back on your feet after a job loss or redundancy. It can also represent beginning to rebuild a business after a loss or after being abandoned by a business partner. With this Minor Arcana card appearing in a reversed position in your Tarot spread, you may even find that you are able to recoup some of your losses or salvage the business or part of the business and build it into something even better. In a financial context, the Five of Cups reversed indicates that your finances should be improving after a period of financial difficulty. It can also signify problems or disputes over an inheritance.

Spirituality
In a spiritual context, the Five of Cups reversed can indicate that you are coming out of a period of great loss or sorrow ready for a fresh start and new spiritual path. You have learned some important karmic lessons from the pain you’ve experienced and you’re allowing those experiences to make you a kinder, more spiritual and more empathetic person. Alternately, you may be wallowing in your pain or sorrow and refusing to let the past go. This will hold you back from learning your karmic lessons and continue on your spiritual path. Surrender your sorrow and grief to the universe and ask the universe to help you heal.

FIVE OF WANDS

Five of Wands Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Conflict, fighting, arguments, rows, disagreements, struggle, opposition, battles, aggression, temper, clashing personalities/egos, strikes, chaos, unruliness, being defensive/ territorial, assertive, pent up energy/aggression, lack of control/ cooperation, frustration, irritation, competition, adrenaline, sports, being rough, petty

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the Five of Wands represents rows, arguments, conflict, fighting and disagreements. It signifies struggle, opposition, battles, aggression and temper. This Minor Arcana card represents clashing personalities or egos, pent up energy and aggression, irritation and frustration. You can expect a lack of cooperation, lack of control, pettiness, strikes, chaos or unruliness when it appears in your Tarot reading. It can also represent being rough, defensive or territorial and can signify competition and sports.

Health
In a health Tarot reading, the Five of Wands can represent battling with or successfully fighting off an illness. It can also be an indication that you need reduce your adrenaline and stress levels or you may leave yourself prone to stress related illnesses such as high blood pressure. The Five of Wands can also signify injuries received while playing aggressive or contact sports.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot spread, if you are in a relationship the Five of Wands can represent rows, arguments, conflict and fighting. You and your partner may not see eye-to eye when it appears. This Minor Arcana card indicates that frustration, irritation and pent up aggression or competitiveness may be leading to disagreements in the relationship. Some couples thrive on a fiery relationship and rows and struggles keep them interested. If this is your type relationship then it may not be a bad omen. However, if you prefer a harmonious relationship then this card would indicate that you need to get your tempers under control, listen to each other, cooperate and compromise. Pettiness, egotistical behaviour and getting one up on each other will not help your relationship to progress. If you are single, the Five of Wands can indicate that you love life is a bit chaotic at the moment. This card would usually indicate that various suitors will be competing for your attention! Enjoy the attention but don’t string it out too much or it could turn nasty.

Money & Career
In a career Tarot spread, the Five of Wands can represent conflict or competition in the workplace and can indicate strikes and chaos. You might find yourself having personality clashes with colleagues or having to compete for clients or projects or just to get noticed. Success is yours for the taking but you will have to fight for it. There are a lot of big egos to contend with. This Minor Arcana card would come up for those working in competitive or cut throat industries such as sales, PR, stock broking etc. It can also represent a career as a professional sports person. It can also signify creative clashes so you might find yourself hammering out some new ideas with your team when it appears. In a financial Tarot reading, the Five of Wands indicates that you may have a bit of a financial struggle on your hands at the moment. It is not a permanent one. In the short term, you may just have to fight to get your finances to where you want them to be. It can also indicate conflict with others around money such as arguments about overspending with a romantic partner or business partner or having to fight for a refund for a purchase you were unhappy with.

Spirituality
In a spiritual context, the Five of Wands indicates that you are experiencing a great deal of spiritual conflict that is clouding your ability to see your path. If you are attempting to develop your intuitive side you may find it difficult to put aside your ego and the negative voices that discourage you. You need to find harmony within yourself first.
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Five of Wands Reversed Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Compromise, end of conflict/ row/ struggle, reaching agreements, peace, harmony, battle fatigue, fear of confrontation, shyness, intimidation, suppressed temper, finding solutions, cooperation, control, focus, order, lack of competition, war, looking for an argument, extreme aggression, short fuse, cancelled sports event

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the Five of Wands reversed represents the end of rows, arguments, conflict, fighting and disagreements. It signifies ending struggles, finding common ground or solutions, reaching agreements, compromise, cooperation, peace and harmony. This Minor Arcana card reversed can also represent battle fatigue, fear of confrontation, shyness, suppressing your temper and feeling intimidated. Cooperation, control, focus and order may be possible when it appears in your Tarot reading. Alternatively, it can represent all-out war, looking for an argument, extreme aggression and having a short fuse. It can also signify sports events being cancelled.

Health
In a health Tarot reading, the Five of Wands reversed can represent unsuccessfully trying to fight off an illness. It can also signify that failing to get your stress levels under control may be leading you to more serious medical problems like heart attack or stroke. It can also represent serious injuries received while playing aggressive or contact sports.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot spread, if you are in a relationship the Five of Wands reversed can represent an ending of rows, arguments, conflict or fighting. You and your partner may be starting to turn a corner after a period of turbulence in the relationship. This Minor Arcana card reversed can indicate that you have found common ground and solutions to your issues and that has led to peace and harmony in the relationship. It can also indicate one or both of you may have learned to suppress your tempers and cooperate. However, the card reversed can also signify an abusive relationship as it can represent feeling intimidated, extreme aggression, a lover with a short fuse and fear of confrontation. If that is the case, you should contact organisations who can help or family and friends for support immediately. Don’t suffer in silence! If you are single, the Five of Wands reversed can indicate that your love life is lacking passion or spark at the moment. You may find that you’ve gone from having many potential suitors to having none as things have fizzled out or you find yourself feeling shy or intimidated by the dating world. Don’t be afraid, get out there and meet new people. What have you got to lose?

Money & Career
In a career Tarot spread, the Five of Wands reversed can represent the ending of conflict or competition in the workplace. You and your colleagues may join forces to complete an important project and all competitiveness is put aside to work as a team and get the job done. Success in this instance comes from a team effort and everyone is one the same page. This reversed Minor Arcana card can also represent turning away from working in competitive or cut throat industries such as sales, PR, stock broking, etc. It can also represent being so fearful of appearing too competitive or ruffling anyone’s feathers that you keep your ideas to yourself or don’t fight for what you want. In a financial Tarot reading, the Five of Wands reversed can represent coming through a financial struggle. Money issues should be easing when this card appears in your Tarot spread. However, it can also indicate an escalation in issues as you need to fight even harder to get your finances under control. It can also indicate a resolution or escalation of conflict with others around money. Look to supporting cards to confirm.

Spirituality
In a spiritual context, the Five of Wands reversed indicates that your previous inner conflict has been resolved leaving you more focused with a sense of inner peace, calm and harmony.

FIVE OF PENTACLES

Five of Pentacles Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Temporary financial hardship, negative change in circumstances, feeling left out in the cold, financial loss, recession, feeling the world is against you, adversity, struggle, hardship, bad luck, homelessness, poverty, unemployment, financial ruin, bankruptcy, outcast, alienation, illness, divorce, breakups, scandal, disgrace

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the Five of Pentacles is not a great card to get as it represents hardship, rejection or a negative change in circumstances. You may be feeling like the world is against you and nothing is going your way when it appears. It can signify bad luck, struggles or adversity. Homelessness, unemployment, alienation and poverty are all represented by this Minor Arcana card and it can signify illness, divorce, breakups or scandals causing turmoil in your life. If you are feeling left out the cold, firstly, remember that this situation is only temporary and then ask yourself if you are reaching out for any help or support that is available. There is help out there for you. It may be in the form of moral support from friends or family, financial assistance from social welfare, or even the kindness of strangers but whatever it is, take it. Nothing lasts forever and this hardship too shall pass.

Health
In a health Tarot spread, the Five of Pentacles can indicate a period of illness or health issues. These health issues may be brought on by other factors in your life. For example, if you are having a tough time financially you may find yourself getting stress related illnesses or just getting run down with the worry of it. If you are struggling with adversity in your life, it is important to try and take care of yourself in terms of your health. So try taking a few moments each day to meditate and ground yourself.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot reading, the Five of Pentacles is not a good omen to get. If you are in a relationship, it can indicate that you may be struggling with feeling abandoned, ignored or unloved within the relationship. You may be rejected or left out in the cold by your partner and in its extreme negative it can signify breakups, separations or divorce. It can also represent scandal, illegitimate children or being in a relationship that is considered improper or disgraceful by those around you. However, it can simply indicate that you and your partner could be struggling with financial issues or health problems and this may be causing a strain on your relationship. If you love each other you will have to make a decision to pull together instead of apart. If you are single, the Five of Pentacles can be an indication that you are feeling rejected or have been given the cold shoulder by someone you’re interested in. You may be feeling lonely, isolated or like an outcast. It can also simply represent being a single parent and the struggles that can bring.

Money & Career
In a career Tarot spread, the Five of Pentacles is not a good omen as it can represent unemployment, job losses or going out of business. If you have lost a job or business you may be reliant on social welfare and this may be negatively affecting your confidence or causing you stress. Alternately, you may be finding your job a struggle but not see another option or you may be feeling like an outcast or isolated in your workplace. Whatever the case, the situation will not last forever so try to stay positive and work on finding alternatives. In a financial context, the Five of Pentacles can represent temporary financial hardships so expect money to be tight when it appears. In its extreme negative, it can also represent significant financial losses, poverty, homelessness, bankruptcy or financial ruin. Be very careful with money when it appears. If it appears in a future position it is a warning to putting financial safeguards in place to protect your financial security.

Spirituality
In a spiritual context, the Five of Pentacles indicates that you may be going through a tough time spiritually and feeling like the world is against you or that you have bad luck. Reach out to those around you and accept the help that is available, to get you through this time. Remember it is often our hardships that show us our strengths, so embrace any lessons there are to learn and know that this period of your life will not last forever!
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Five of Pentacles Reversed Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Improvement in finances/luck, end of hardship, positive change, becoming financially secure, recovery from losses, making progress, overcoming adversity, paying off debts, forgiveness, health improvement/ treatment, being welcomed/accepted, becoming employed, improving/letting go of relationships

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the Five of Pentacles reversed is a good omen especially if you have been going through a tough time as it represents hardship coming to an end, overcoming adversity or a positive change in circumstances. You have struggled through the hard times. When everything seemed hopeless, you held on and now you can see the light at the end of the tunnel! It can also signify improvement in relationships, finances or luck. This Minor Arcana card can also represent illnesses improving, recovering from problems and being accepted or welcomed back after a period of alienation or isolation. You should be in a much more positive frame of mind, beginning to rebuild your feeling of security and stability and making progress. You may also be finding forgiveness for anyone who may have caused you issues in the past. The Five of Pentacles reversed can also indicate letting go of people or relationships that were toxic for you as you focus on the future.

Health
In a health Tarot spread, if you have been experiencing health problems or illnesses, the Five of Pentacles reversed can represent diagnosis or treatments. This diagnosis or treatment plan should, if not leading to health improvements right away, at least give you peace of mind that you know what you are dealing with and have a plan to tackle it. However, this Minor Arcana card when in a reversed position can also indicate recovery or improvements in health or well-being. It’s usually a positive card to get in a health reading.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot reading, the Five of Pentacles reversed is a good omen to get. If you are in a relationship, it can indicate that you are overcoming previous struggles. That can take the form of improving the relationship at a steady pace and making positive changes. It can also mean making a decision, to free yourself from a relationship that’s no longer good for you. If your relationship initially caused a scandal, this card indicates that you should find people around you becoming more accepting of the relationship. If you are single, the Five of Pentacles reversed is a positive card to get in a love Tarot spread as it indicates that you are coming out the other side of a period of loneliness or feeling rejected. You will be making positive changes in your life and feeling much more open to the romantic possibilities all around you. You are ready to embrace a new relationship and take a chance on love. This positive energy will attract others to you.

Money & Career
In a career Tarot spread, the Five of Pentacles reversed is a much better omen as it can represent recovery for a struggling business or a return to employment. If you have been feeling stuck in a career rut due to a lack of opportunities, this card would indicate that the struggle is over and opportunities will soon present themselves. In a financial context, the Five of Pentacles reversed can represent recovering from financial hardship or losses, paying off debts and becoming financially secure after a period of instability. You’ve come through the worst of it now!

Spirituality
In a spiritual context, the Five of Pentacles reversed indicates that you have come through a tough time spiritually and feeling like your luck is improving. You can see light at the end of the tunnel and your faith in the universe’s love for you is being restored. Think about how you can use the strength and wisdom you have learned from your struggles to help those who need it.