The Five of Sword
A word from the creator of the Linestrider tarot:
Conflict, tension, disagreement, inflexibility, compromise, isolation, defeat.
The Five of Swords is a complex card that indicates tensions, conflicts and interpersonal difficulties. The image on the map is of a knight who has conquered or disarmed others. He is surrounded by the swords of his enemies, but without feeling it is not his triumph. This card sometimes indicates an impression of false victories. Maybe you won an argument or a conflict, but the battle may have cost you more than you think. Often times, this card appears when there is danger of alienating a friend, romantic partner, or co-worker because of your inflexibility or your need to always be right, rather than showing goodwill to find the best solution for everyone. This is the only map I have drawn without any color. To me this card often conjures up the unqualified, inflexible ideas that make it difficult to work or have a productive relationship with a person.
In the present tense, the five of a sword has a very negative connotation. You may need to examine some hurtful or selfish behaviors that you are engaging in. However, deep in your heart you may know that something you do is affecting others in a negative way. The Five of Swords will also appear when you are ready for the end of a fight or quarrel. Perhaps you have realized that fighting is too expensive and it's time to get on with your life. Forgive and forget, or put it aside and focus on what's next. Sometimes this card indicates a conflict that you would like to forget, but which continues to pursue you relentlessly; for example, a former partner who is still causing you problems, or a precarious financial situation which hinders your current or future plans. "