A picture of someone holding the Five of Swords tarot card. Image shows two people in background walking away and the victor in the foreground.

The Five of Swords is not the most cheerful of cards. In most depictions, it shows a scene of conflict where the apparent “losers” walk away from battle while the “winner” stands there wondering if victory was worth the sacrifice.

The card carries an important lesson: backing down isn’t a sign of weakness but a decisive action requiring self-awareness and self-reflection. A knowledge that sometimes, the fight isn’t worth it. In other words, conflict is great in our stories, but in our real lives, not so much.

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