When upright, the Five of Swords represents the user’s struggle with their emotions following a falling out or disagreement. Animosity colored this conflict with bitter, clashing emotions, and you may be feeling regret over the things you said and how you behaved. Victory isn’t always sweet, and it can be just as bitter as losing. Now is the time to pick your battles carefully. Fighting with everyone you disagree with won’t yield you much beyond burnt bridges and bitter rivals. Apologize when you’re able and hold your tongue when you feel like lashing out. If you’ve suffered a defeat at the hands of another, accept it and stop ruminating. Be graceful in defeat and learn from your loss.