Drawing 5 Of Swords Card And 6 Of Cups Tarot Cards Together | What Do They Mean When Together? | A Complete Guide

  • By: Reece
  • Date: 15 December 2022
  • Time to read: 9 min.

A key aspect of reading your own tarot is interpreting cards. For a beginner interpreting a single card can be fine, as there are plenty of resources to help you out, however interpreting two or more can be very tricky.

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However, if you have been practising single card readings for a while a 2 card spread will be a great introduction into reading multiple cards.

As you’ve found this page, you’re probably wondering how to interpret the 5 Of Swords card and 6 Of Cups card together in particular.

The 5 Of Swords card and 6 Of Cups have unique qualities and will interact with each other in different ways depending on what kind of reading you are doing.

What does 5 Of Swords and 6 Of Cups mean together?

The 5 Of Swords tarot card and The 6 Of Cups tarot card together show a complicated mix of opposing forces. On one hand, The 5 Of Swords tarot card reminds us of the damage bullies, theft, and violence can cause, and the importance of protecting ourselves against abuse. On the other hand, The 6 Of Cups tarot card offers a sense of hope and healing, reminding us of the gifts and innocence that can be found even in the midst of difficult times. Reconciliation and reunions are possible, but only with the proper care and caution to protect yourself from harm.

The meaning may differ depending on what you are asking. Here are some common questions and their possible meanings

What does 5 Of Swords and 6 Of Cups mean together for your love life?

When trying to interpret the combination of The 5 of Swords and The 6 of Cups in the context of love, it is important to think about how these cards are related to one another. The 5 of Swords generally represents a lack of emotional balance and implies a certain kind of aggression, whether it’s a tendency towards violence or a desire to bully and intimidate in relationships. The 6 of Cups, on the other hand, is a symbol of nostalgia and often represents the kind of simple, loving, innocence that people can experience in relationships.

When these two tarot cards appear in a love tarot reading, it can mean that the person being read for is in need of a balance between healthy aggression and innocence in their relationship. Perhaps they are a victim of abuse and need to find a way to protect themselves and find safety. Or maybe they are in a relationship where the other person is being overly controlling and manipulative. Whatever the specific circumstances, it is important to recognize that a healthy balance of aggression and innocence are needed to foster a successful relationship.

While The 5 of Swords may represent a need for strength in relationships, it is important to note that it can also symbolize a lack of emotional connection. This can mean that the person who is being read for is disconnected from themselves and unable to open up to the other person in the relationship. It could be that their partner is the one who is too controlling and there needs to be a balance established so that the person being read for can have some space to have experiences of their own.

Therefore, when The 5 of Swords and The 6 of Cups appear together in a love reading, it is important to recognize that they represent a need to find balance. The person being read for needs to be aware of any abusive or manipulative behaviour, standing up for themselves when needed, and also needs to put energy into cultivating a type of innocence and trust that allows for mutual respect and safety in their relationship.

What does 5 Of Swords and 6 Of Cups mean together for your finances?

The Five of Swords and the Six of Cups tarot card together suggest that a period of difficulty and conflict is coming. This could be financially or in terms of your job and career. The Five of Swords carries with it the warnings of bullies, theft, and violence, and could be an indication of having to face an adversity you never expected. It might also signify the potential of entering into an abusive relationship in a work or financial situation.

On the other hand, the Six of Cups is a card that symbolizes nostalgia, gifts, innocence and reunions. It suggests that your difficulties will eventually pass and that you will reunite with the people and things that support you. The Six of Cups is a reminder that you have the capacity to have joy and love in your life, which can be a valuable source of strength to help you through difficult times.

In terms of finances and job, the Five of Swords and Six of Cups tarot card may also be indicating that a difficult situation will arise, but there will eventually be a resolution and a return to a better state. It could be that you need to make tough financial decisions, or need to negotiate a difficult situation in your job. The resolution will take a great deal of strength and courage, but in the end, you may find that it was all worth it. The Six of Cups is a reminder that no problem is insurmountable and that you will find the solutions you need.

What does 5 Of Swords and 6 Of Cups mean together for your health?

When the 5 of Swords and the 6 of Cups tarot cards appear together in a reading, it can often be an indication that the querent is dealing with issues that combine the energies of these two cards. The 5 of Swords speaks to the emotions and behavior associated with bullies, theft, violence, and abusive relationships. The 6 of Cups speaks to the emotions and behavior associated with nostalgia, gifts, innocence, and reunions.

The meaning of the two cards together in a health-related reading is a warning that the querent needs to be mindful of the potential for unhealthy relationships and toxic experiences that could lead to an unhealthy state, both physically and emotionally. They should be cautious not to unconsciously give away their power to others or to be taken advantage of by someone. They should also be aware that the emotions of nostalgia, gifts, and innocence can be a double-edged sword, as these feelings can bring up pain from the past that can lead to an unhealthy state.

The combination of the two cards can also be a reminder for the querent to stay focused on the present and stay connected to those in their life who are supportive and positive influences. Building up the courage and strength to let go of unhealthy people and experiences and being open to seek out new experiences, relationships, and support can help the querent create a healthier life.

The combination of these two cards can also be a reminder to practice self-care, self-forgiveness, and self-love. This can help the querent build their inner strength and create healthy boundaries so they can stay focused on their health and maintain balance. It can also help the querent to build their resilience and fortitude to persevere in their health journey and to practice healthy coping skills during difficult times.

The meaning of the cards will depend on what kind of reading you are doing and the question you asked the deck. This is a guide covering the general meanings of the cards and how they relate to each other.

Common 2-card spreads

Whilst it’s great to know who these two cards interact with each other, it’s important to note that the meaning will depend on the context of your spread

The most common 2 card spreads I recommend to newer readers are:

  • The 2 card cross (otherwise known as “The Fool’s Journey”)
  • The 2 card “Yes or No”

“The Fool’s Journey”

Setup: The two card cross is where you place two cards face up, one placed vertically and with one laying horizontally over

Interpretation: The 2 cards represent a “situation” and a “challenge”. The first card will describe the situation you are in with the second horizontal card being the “challenge” crossing you (literally crossing you in this case!)

Reading: Using the overviews in this guide is a great way to start. First, look at the meanings of the 2 cards, and see how they might relate either as your “situation” or “challenge”. Once you have that you can look at the general overview for how the two cards interact with each other.

The benefit of this spread is that it can give clarity when you’re feeling uncertain or anxious. Once you have clarity of thought, and a strong idea of what your challenge is you can find solutions to help your situation

The 2 card “Yes or No”

Setup: The 2 card “Yes or No” is where you place two cards face up side by side, whilst asking your deck a “yes or no” question.

Interpretation: Each card in a tarot deck has a “yes” or a “no” meaning. Look at the meanings of each card, and you will have your answer.

The benefit of this is you get a stronger yes or no compared to a single card draw. You may find you often get a mix of “yes or no”, and this is fine. It simply means there is doubt, or things are not yet clear.

Yes or No meaning

Things are a bit tricky for this combination, as 5 Of Swords and 6 Of Cups mean different things. The cards are unsure about your question, or the answer to the question has not yet been decided.

The “Yes” and “No” meanings can differ from reader to reader. The meanings here are based on what I believe are the generally accepted definitions.

What does 5 Of Swords mean?

The 5 of Swords Tarot card is a lesson in taking a stand and protecting yourself from bullies, theft, violence, and abusive relationships. It urges us to stay careful of those who would take advantage of us for their own gain.

In terms of health, the 5 of Swords Tarot card warns of the potential for physical harm if we are careless or inattentive. It cautions us to be aware of our surroundings, especially when in crowded places, as it is easier for someone to take advantage of us in a situation where we are vulnerable. Additionally, it can be a sign of physical harm from an abusive relationship, where the perpetrator continues to bully, threaten, and intimidate the victim.

In terms of finances, this tarot card warns of theft and financial abuse. This could take the form of someone taking advantage of us by manipulating us into investing in fraudulent investments or schemes, or someone stealing our savings or assets without our knowledge.

Finally, in terms of relationships, the 5 of Swords Tarot card advises us to be wary of those who might be trying to manipulate or abuse us. This pertains to any relationship, whether in the workplace, in social circles, or even in a romantic relationship. Any type of manipulation or abuse should be avoided, as it can have devastating effects on our mental and emotional health.

The 5 of Swords Tarot card’s message is clear: be vigilant and take a stand against bullies, theft, violence, and abusive relationships. Only then can you protect yourself from harm and lead a healthier, happier life.

What does 6 Of Cups mean?

Health: The 6 of Cups Tarot card is a reminder to look back and reflect on the times that have been good for our health. Focusing on the positive can help us maintain our health and create positive long-term habits. It can also give us the motivation to make changes if necessary. We can look back on our past successes and let them fuel our present and future goals.

Finances: The 6 of Cups Tarot card is a reminder to appreciate our current financial situation. It is important to maintain an attitude of contentment, even if our current situation may not be ideal. Instead of focusing on what we don’t have, we should focus on how far we have come and how far we’ve overcome in the past. We should also show gratitude for our current financial situation and use it to make a plan for a prosperous future.

Relationships: The 6 of Cups Tarot card is a reminder to cherish our past relationships. We can look to our past for inspiration and allow it to serve as a reminder for what we should look for in the future. We can also take time to forgive any wrongdoings from the past and use our experiences to become better versions of ourselves in any potential future relationships. The 6 of Cups Tarot card can also remind us to show appreciation for the relationships that we currently have and to nurture them to ensure that they remain strong and healthy.


Understanding how the meaning of a reading changes once you start involving more than one card can be tricky. This will come with time and practice, however I hope this guide on what your cards might be telling you when you draw 5 Of Swords and 6 Of Cups has helped you.