Try as you might to avoid it, conflict is a necessary part of life. If we don’t address an issue, speak our minds, or break the tension, then we stand still, we don’t create change. If we don’t speak up, our resentments can allow a situation to get much worse than necessary. On the other hand, some people love conflict. You know who I’m talking about: the people who always seem to put themselves in the eye of the storm and in the middle of everyone else’s entanglements.
When the Five of Swords appears in a tarot reading, it’s time to examine your relationship to confrontation. Whether you’re still running into the fire or doing your best to ignore it until it all explodes, it’s time to re-examine how you handle the tension. Ask yourself a few questions, like: How can you create positive change rather than fighting to create unrest? Do you need to push this issue? Or do you need to compromise?
Five of Swords Keyword
Conflict, disputes, difficulties, struggle, defeat, competition, tension
Five of Swords Straight
How important is it to you to win this war? When you think about it, what is the long-term outcome you actually want? Whatever disappointment, pain or difficulty you are currently facing, it is time to pick up a pace. Look beyond the immediacy of emotions swirling around you right now to see the bigger picture. No one wants to lose their job or get fired, but do you really need to sabotage your boss? Yes, a breakup is horrible and no one likes being dumped, but do you really need to expose how immature your ex is? When the dust settles and your emotions settle, do you think revenge is really the best way forward?
It may be time to rustle some feathers and make some noise, but it’s essential to be strategic in how you go about it. You want to get in and out with minimal destruction. Unfortunately, sometimes conflict arises and there are no real “winners”, but at least you can walk away knowing you’ve fought back.
Five of Swords Reversed
Choose your battles wisely. Do we really need to remedy this situation? Are you really the one to come here and expose the truth? Is this the hill on which you are willing and ready to die? (So dramatic!) If the answer is yes, let the games begin! But if there’s any hesitation, then maybe you can gracefully walk away and move on without a major altercation.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret… step closer, because here it is: You don’t ALWAYS have to be right! Not everything has to be such a THING. There is a time and a place to be direct and confrontational, but there is ALSO a time and a place to walk away and let it go. Trust yourself to know the difference. And PS: You can avoid a world of stress and pain by knowing when to admit you’re wrong and say you’re sorry.