The 5 of swords indicates we are in the process of changing beliefs and ideas about ourselves and the world around us or that these beliefs are being challenged by an external force. It can also represent legal matters and adjudication
This card symbolises arguments and conflict and it’s simplest interpretation is anger, jealousy, hatred, resentment and thoughts of revenge etc. Anything that is not love or an expression of love in a relationship. We may in this case forget who we really are and with the 3 of swords we feel that we are our bad feelings as they can overwhelm us, albeit temporarily. It is the tension held in check at the two of swords being released and we ‘have it out’ or ‘clear the air’ and in our quarrel manage to get things off our chest and hear the other persons point of view. We lay down swords and reach an agreement.