The Five of Swords


Here is the next installment in my own Tarot design project over on DeviantArt using the Miku Miku Moving program. Please let me know what you think!

Not to worry, I’ll continue to feature the series I started with in the links below.

Today we’re featuring and exploring the Five of Swords, the fifth card of the Sword Suit in the Minor Arcana.

Additional Card Images

So take a look at these four cards on DeviantArt and compare them to the first one I presented. How are they the same? How are they different? What do they say to you?

Take your time. Let them “speak” to your soul and mind.

Themes of the Card

The Five of Swords is the fifth card in the Swords Suit of the Minor Arcana and presents the fourth challenge of the suit.

According to the Learning the Tarot website, the keywords associated with the card are:


You can read more about this card in detail on their website here.

What This Card Means to Me

We often see the concept of “The Needs of the One versus The Needs of the Many” in storytelling, but this is a typical struggle in everyday life as well. Where do we draw the line between selfishness and selflessness?

When we see this card in a reading, we must ask ourselves where are we (or as writers, our characters) on this spectrum. Give too much too often and we are left with nothing, and taking too much too often will create strife and resentment. It’s important in maintaining healthy relationships that we keep a balance between the two and to understand the appropriate time for each.

This card is also a warning about “the ends justifying the means” in the sense that we need to remain mindful of how we give and take in our exchanges with society. Being an ass while giving isn’t well received any more than being ungrateful when we take.

The Music Playlist

In the spirit of all this, these are the songs picked out thus far for this card.

My Five of Swords Playlist

Do you have any songs you think should be on this list? Suggest them in the comments!

The Writing Prompt

Now as a writer with everything we’ve gone over with this card what comes to mind? Start writing! Doesn’t matter what it is. Stretch your mind and let The Five of Swords speak to you.

I would love it if you linked or pinged back what you wrote so I could see where you went with this.

Happy writing!

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