Exploring Numbers with the Five of Swords

Welcome to Tarot with Numerology! This week we will be exploring the Five of Swords, how it relates to its associated number, and develop keywords to use as prompts or brainstorming tools in our writing or readings.

Tarot is an interesting thing. It’s based upon symbolism and metaphors through imagery. With these images the subconscious mind is tapped into through the story provided. Not everyone gets the same thing from a piece of art. Each piece will influence each person in a slightly different way. It truly is a symbolic language. The more pathways of association we create with each card, the greater our understanding becomes.

Introduction of the Card

The Five of Swords is card number 54 in the deck within the Orphalese Tarot program and the fifth card of the Swords Suit in the Minor Arcana of the Tarot.

Let’s take a look at the following examples of this card below.

Card Examples

Notice the similarities between them and take note of their differences. Do any of these move you more than the others? Take your time and allow these cards to tell you their story.

Numeric Breakdown

Primary Number: 5

We take what we know from the meaning of the number in numerology to create a list of keywords below. If this card has more than one number associated with it, then we create a list for each one.

My Selected Keywords:

  • change
  • instability
  • conflict
  • challenge
  • dynamic
  • motion
  • risk

Elemental Breakdown

Associated Element: Air
Base Elements:

Then we take what we know from the meaning for the element to create a second list of keywords for this card.

My Selected Keywords:

  • mental realm
  • mind
  • intellect
  • truth
  • thoughts
  • communication
  • spring
  • masculine

General Theme of the Card

Now we have at least two word banks to work with where we can create phrases from it that have meaning to help us remember what this card means.

My Combined Key Phrase:


What other key phrases can you come up with that will help you remember the meaning of this card?


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~ Mystic Dreamer Tarot by Heidi Darras (Illustrator), Barbara Moore (Author) © 2012
~ Mystic Faerie Tarot by Linda Ravenscroft (Illustrator), Barbara Moore (Author) © 2015
~ Mythic Tarot by Liz Greene (Author), Juliet Sharman-Burke (Author), Tricia Newell (Illustrator) © 1986
~ Necronomicon Tarot by Anne Stokes (Illustrator), Donald Tyson (Author) © 2012
~ Panda Tarot by Severino Baraldi (Illustrator), Lo Scarabeo (Author) © 2017
~ Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law (Illustrator), Barbara Moore (Author) © 2011
~ Steampunk Tarot by Aly Fell (Illustrator), Barbara Moore (Author) © 2012
~ Universal Tarot by Lo Scarabeo (Author), R. De Angelis (Illustrator), A. E. Waite (Designer) © 2001
~ Credit for 3D model and assets used in this rendered image can be found here.

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