In this card, we see a man picking up swords from a battle that has occurred. He survived the battle, and has a somewhat smug look on his face, as if he has gotten away with something, and is reaping the spoils of a war that has been fought. I have heard this card referred to as ‘Picking up the Pieces’. It also reminds me of Clint Eastwood’s character in a Fistful of Dollars – where he benefits from open discord between others.
This card reminds us to ask – how am I engaging in my own self-interest? Too much? Not enough? This card reminds us to find solutions that preserve and maintain our own self-interest, but to be aware of not being too self-centered or sacrificing the interests of others that might come to haunt us later.
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Learn Tarot – Five of Swords
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