Limitations, power struggles, failure, loss, damage, sense of unfairness, creation of something new, underhandedness, releasing pride, defeat, acceptance of defeat, learning to abandon self-pity, moving towards starting something new.
The Five of Swords warns that your behavior may be negatively affecting you or someone else. This is a good time to evaluate your actions. Are they destructive?
A strong sense of disappointment and failure is inherent in the Five of Swords.
It may be that in a quest for power, underhanded tactics were employed - lies, gossip and envy undermine everyone, including yourself.
Your disappointment was necessary to force a more realistic plan of action.
When following a path where nothing seems to work, it might be time to admit that this is not be your best course of action.
The only thing affected if you change your mind would be your pride. The Five of Swords encourages you to think beyond your ego.
When the Five of Swords is reversed, it is time to cut your losses. Sometimes, wanting to prove we were in the right becomes more important than being right.
At this point, you have already lost this fight, no matter what else you say or do.
Jealousy, pride and self-righteousness may be keeping you in battle but it is time to accept defeat and walk away. Accept what has happened, learn from it and start anew.