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

  • By: Reece
  • Date: 9 January 2023
  • 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 Wands card and 5 Of Swords card together in particular.

The 5 Of Wands card and 5 Of Swords 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 Wands and 5 Of Swords mean together?

The 5 Of Wands tarot card and The 5 Of Swords tarot card together represent a situation of competition and challenge with a hint of danger. It suggests that there will be obstacles and rivalries to overcome, but there will also be a risk of bullying, violence, theft, or abusive relationships that can derail your progress. It is a reminder to be aware of the potential risks in order to protect yourself, as well as to use your own strength and determination to overcome the obstacles and rivalry.

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

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

The 5 of Wands and The 5 of Swords tarot cards together represents a tumultuous period in a love relationship. This could be a sign of rivalry or competition between partners, which can put strain on even the strongest of relationships. This could mean that one partner is being overly competitive, leading to arguments, misunderstandings, and hurt feelings. On the other hand, it could also mean that both partners are striving for the same goals and a healthy level of competition is taking place.

The 5 of Swords can also indicate a toxic dynamic between partners. This could be related to a behavior such as bullying, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, or even physical abuse. When this card is combined with the 5 of Wands, it is a warning to watch out for manipulation or aggression in a relationship.

The two of these cards represent a difficult and challenging period in a love relationship. This is likely a time of insecurity and competition, and this could be taking a toll on the relationship. Both partners should be aware of the warning signs of unhealthy dynamics like manipulation and abuse. In some cases, couples may need to take a break from each other to reconnect and reestablish a healthy level of trust and partnership. Alternatively, couples can focus on building a strong foundation by fostering qualities such as communication, understanding, and mutual respect.

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

The 5 of Wands and the 5 of Swords tarot cards together can mean that challenges are looming in your finances and job. This may involve facing a rival or competitor in a situation. They could be putting up obstacles you need to overcome or pushing you to work harder and smarter. You may be presented with opportunities to strengthen your financial and job outlook, but it could involve hard work and dedication to meet these goals.

It could also mean that you may come into contact with someone who is using unfair tactics in order to get ahead. They may be a bully, engaging in theft and violence, or in an abusive relationship with someone. It is important to recognize these signs and take steps to protect yourself from this kind of behavior. Being aware of any warning signs and being cautious in situations can help you to avoid any serious harm.

Ultimately, the 5 of Wands and the 5 of Swords tarot cards indicate that challenges are ahead and that you must work hard to overcome them. You may need to be persistent and determined in order to succeed, as well as watch out for any potential bullying tactics. Being prepared to face the obstacles ahead and having the strength to overcome them, will help you to be successful in your finances and job.

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

The 5 of Wands tarot card in combination with the 5 of Swords tarot card speaks to a situation in which your health is being challenged by external forces. This could take the form of physical or emotional obstacles, whether that’s from someone or something, that besieges your strength and well-being. You may be dealing with a particularly fierce rival who is out to sabotage you or difficulty in navigating toxic relationships that serve nothing but to deplete you of your natural energy.

The tarot is often likened to a game, and this pair of cards might be seen as representative of a particular battle you are facing in order to protect your mental and physical health. It could be a competition, a game of strategy, or more literally a physical fight. The challenge is not only to protect your health and happiness, but also to find a way to assert your power and stay in control of the situation.

It is important to stay mindful of your responses in these adversarial scenarios as reactions of anger, aggression, or victimization will just serve to fuel the conflict. Instead, stay focused on the end result: protecting your physical and emotional wellbeing. Take appropriate actions to protect yourself, manage any stress, and nurture healthy relationships.

Ultimately, this combination of cards can be a reminder to stay vigilant in your fight to protect and nurture your health. With the right strategies and approaches, you’ll be able to overcome the obstacles and come out strong on the other side.

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

Both 5 Of Wands and 5 Of Swords mean “No”. If you are asking a direct question, then be under no illusions, the answer is a negative one. If you draw 5 Of Wands and 5 Of Swords the answer to your question is “NO”.

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 Wands mean?

For Health

The 5 Of Wands Tarot card is a reminder that physical health should not be taken for granted. This card represents the need to stay active, alert and vigilant when it comes to your health. Challenges, competition and obstacles are inevitable in life, so it is important to stay prepared and disciplined in your approach to health. Exercise, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle are important components of overall health. The 5 of Wands encourages you to keep up with the competition and be willing to challenge yourself and push your limits. This card reminds you to stay motivated, stay focused and take care of your body.

For Finances

The 5 Of Wands Tarot card is a reminder to remain competitive and ambitious when it comes to finances. This card encourages you to be ready for any challenge or obstacle that may arise. This card also asks you to remain disciplined in your approach to finances. Planning and budgeting, as well as maintaining a realistic attitude towards money are important aspects of managing your finances. The 5 of Wands encourages you to be competitive and ambitious, but also to remain vigilant against unforeseen financial challenges.

For Relationships

The 5 Of Wands Tarot card serves as a reminder to remain open and competitive in your relationships. This card encourages you to be willing to challenge yourself and your partner, and to be prepared for any changes or obstacles that may arise. This card also reminds you to stay motivated and focused on your relationships, being willing to work through any challenges together. It is important to remember that healthy relationships require balance, respect and understanding. The 5 of Wands asks you to remain flexible and to stay focused on the commitment and communication necessary for a successful relationship.

What does 5 Of Swords mean?


The 5 of Swords tarot card is an indicator of mental, physical, and emotional health issues that can arise from bullies, theft, violence and abusive relationships. People who have faced these difficult situations may have long-term scars, including depression and anxiety, that can become deep-rooted and difficult to address. These experiences can lead to low self-esteem and difficulty trusting others, both of which can cause social isolation that can lead to physical conditions and health issues such as weakened immune systems and weight issues.


The 5 of Swords tarot card can also be associated with financial losses. Theft can mean loss of material goods, money and trust when it comes to financial security. Abuse can cause victims to lose self-confidence which can lead to difficulty earning an income or significant financial hardship. If someone is in a cycle of an abusive relationship, the financial loss can be significant as victims may feel unable to escape, particularly if they are financially dependent on the abuser.


The 5 of Swords tarot card can represent the breakdown of relationships, either due to bullies, theft, violence or abusive relationships. Bullies may be in the form of gossiping and/or social exclusion, which can cause relationships to become strained and potentially fall apart. Theft and violence can lead to a breakdown in trust and a lack of safety for one or both parties. An abusive relationship can be the most destructive, as it may seem impossible to escape. In this case, it can cause a cycle of long-term trauma and course of relationships to break down completely.


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 Wands and 5 Of Swords has helped you.

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