Five of Swords
This tarot card reflects a victory through persistence. In a reading, it indicates that we have laboriously made our way to the top by following the path of righteousness, and we are receiving the respect of all around us. We have got rid of everything that can sap us of our enthusiasm and tie us down, and we are headed for a new beginning. Our eyes are firmly fixed on our goal, and we know we have travelled a long way, so the card also represents a sense of pride in achievement. It is time to give up control and surrender to the powers of the universe, so that we may be able to reach our highest potential.
The biggest chunk of the Tarot deck, 56 of the 78 cards, comprise the Minor Arcana. 40 cards out of these fall exclusively under the Minor Arcana, while the other 16 also form a part of the Royal Arcana or Court Cards. If the Major Arcana can be said to convey the big picture, the Minor Arcana signifies the specifics in the life of a person. It is divided into four parts: The Suit of Swords signifies the realm of the mind and intellect, our decisions and insights. The Suit of Cups has to do with the things of the heart, things we love and care about. The Suit of Wands represents our power and life energy as applied to the situations and events we face in life. And lastly, the Suit of Pentacles represent our labours and the rewards we gain from them.