Five of Swords
The Five of Swords indicates defeat. You may have just lost a battle (most likely a mental one), and find yourself in retreat, seeking to calm the choppy waters of your emotions. The character collecting the swords suggests that a score-keeper, motivated by revenge and vindication, is at the heart of your troubles. This card can also be a warning to you to avoid your own lusts for revenge, showing that only hurt and pain will be the result. Take time to heal your wounds. Concede your defeat and find new things to focus on.
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