Five of Swords

The Five of Swords is a card of conflicts and hostility. It alludes to meanness, and people indulging in callous, hurtful behavior. When this card appears for you, you are being led to the Sufi practice of Tafakur, or reflection, to meet the shadow within: your inharmonious thoughts and impressions about yourself. Without blaming or judging ourselves, it can be helpful to ask ourselves, what negative beliefs about ourselves are being mirrored outward? Remember, this is not an exercise in blaming yourself. Rather, it is meant to help you identify and remove the impressions that do not serve you from your mind.