Today’s card is the Five of Swords from the Shadowscapes Tarot. This is a card of conflict. In many Rider Waite based decks it depicts one person holding five swords while defeated adversaries are walking away. Here however we see an angel like figure holding one sword in his hand and carrying two crossed swords on his back much like in the Two of Swords. It is not easy to decide who this angel is. Is he the aggressor who acts only out of self- interest, or is he the defeated one, a cast out angel from the heavens?
Often our role in a conflict is difficult to assess; it goes back and forth like the swinging of a pendulum. But one thing is certain; before entering a conflict we have to be sure if it is worth it to engage in the conflict at all.
Engaging in a conflict with our own interest in mind can sometimes be in fact an act of self-care. As long as we don’t trample and hurt our opponents just for the sake of wanting to be right. Yes this card is often just about heated discussions and wanting to be right or at least to be entitled to our own opinion. Personally I am inclined to be “cast out of heaven” so for me this card is all about letting myself be heard and to be taken seriously whenever a conflict arises.