The Five of Swords is a card about winning through the deception of others. The traditional Rider/Waite/Smith deck shows a man gathering up the swords that were carelessly left behind after a battle. He did not defeat an enemy and win the swords honorably; rather he swoops in after the battle is over to scavenge for what is left. While technically not a thief perhaps, he is dishonest. In our modern society the stereotypical character that this scenario fits is the used car salesman who will say and do anything to make a sale. Today’s Journey Tarot’s Five of Air shows just such a man, after he’s made his sale. While it warns to beware of his dishonorable or disreputable transactions it also suggests that we are responsible for what is taken from us if we don’t pay attention.
Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, co-author of “Tarot Meditations, A Journal for Self Discovery”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”.