In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.
- Lao Tzu
Today’s card indicates a state of entrapment or negative energy that is present through self-infliction. Are your ideas or ambition coming from a place of love or fear? Sometimes the process of healing is so intricate that at times you can lose yourself completely.
You may have just suffered a defeat, or perhaps come out of a conflict thinking you have won. However, you are encouraged to check yourself, and be very mindful of what is “right and wrong” in this scenario. The Five of Swords implies a conflict which can lead to a karmic defeat, that no matter how the conflict turned out – whether you won or lost – you will still suffer a loss for this, because in truth the conflict is internal. The conflict itself poses a deeper, more underlying problem; why is there a conflict in the first place?
The nature of the swords is very mental, it’s logical and usually lacks in emotion, and such is the nature of the conflict in this card, it is logic vs. emotions. Allow yourself to put these things into perspective. The fact that you are trying to love yourself, to forgive yourself and find peace with yourself means you’re already threading the needle for your future self.
Allow yourself the goodness of life. Realise where your true priorities are and you will see this is where the next part of your story lies.
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