The Five of Swords
HERE the woman, traditionally considered to be the weaker of the sexes, has a firm control over the situation. The swords, representing both the man's ambitions and his strength, lie broken on the floor. He leans against the wall for support as he gazes out of the window. The woman with an air of casualness holds the fifth sword, the single sword to remain intact.
lnterpretation A humiliating defeat which must be accepted before future progress may be made. Pride must be swallowed in order to get on with life. A weak person overpowered or overruled by someone stronger. Domination and intimidation by another. Hopes or plans are dashed in a way that leaves in its wake feelings of inadequacy and humiliation. The intellect misguided by the emotions. A period of enforced inactivity, possibly a time for recuperation.