Tarot February 28th 2024: Confronting Challenges with the Five of Swords

Ready to tackle the day with a little tarot guidance? 🌟 Grace Gabriella breaks down the Five of Swords for February 28th, showing us how to navigate through life's little skirmishes. 💪✨ Whether it's a minor setback or a major battle, we've got the insight to help you come out on top. 🏆

Welcome to your unique February 28th tarot message!

The 5 of Swords represents disagreements, conflicts, and defeat, so the energy is not entirely positive. But, the ability to know thyself comes into play today. Keep your intuition strong.

What Does the 5 of Swords Symbolism Represent?

The 5 of Swords shows a man picking up three swords from the ground, glancing over his shoulder to two men who are walking away with their shoulders slouched. These two men depict sadness and loss.

Two more swords are strewn across the ground, suggesting a battle has been fought and lost, while the cloudy tumultuous sky implies grief, suffering, and pain despite the battle now being over.

1. Conflict, disagreements, and defeat


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Conflict, defeat, and disagreements or complete loss are the themes to explore today. This may be an actual situation playing out, or having just happened, or a life area you are being asked to contemplate.

The grass is not always greener on the other side; sometimes you have to scout into the darker places of the human psyche and collective story. Competition and battle! Competition in love, family, or social status and career are included here.

The 5 of Swords represents a disagreement that has led to battle, war, or conflict. It’s something that is or will be creating pain, turmoil, and arguably trauma. Wounds will occur if they haven’t already, and these wounds will require real attention.

This is a good sign, however, as it could be a forewarning. Being aware of upcoming struggle or trauma allows you to heal in the right way, such as researching therapeutic or self-healing practices and self-care techniques.

Defeat symbolizes closure and endings, which inevitably lead to new beginnings. This may not be your choice, it may not be your ideal route, yet the fallout will spark deep healing, clearing, and cleansing, as well as self-alignment.

Like the yin and yang symbol, light flows into darkness, which then spirals back into lightness. Sometimes you must go through tricky or dark times to experience joy, love, and bliss again.

2. Excess competition – winning at all costs

Competition is a main theme, and as swords are linked to the air element, logic, wit, cerebral and communicative powers- it may be worth exploring your primal side. In other words, embrace a more competitive and survival-rooted aspect of life.

Mars is the planet of high energy, vitality, enthusiasm, and passion, but it also represents competition, war, aggression, force, and power. You might want to examine your natal chart to see where Mars falls in your native chart.

Doing so can provide further insight into how you can deal with the struggle at hand! For example, if your Mars is in Aries, this is the ideal placement for problem-solving and victorious action with physical force, strength, and stamina.

If your Mars is in Virgo, you can use mental wit and rapport combined with incredible intellectual skills to work your way through challenges. Or if your Mars is in Pisces, you can adopt potent compassion, empathy, and sensitivity to find pragmatic solutions.

We are all unique and individual, we all have individual strengths based on the stars; astrology is real. Mars rules Aries, the headstrong and intellectual warrior of the Zodiac. This comes with a dual meaning:

  1. If you are a more gentle, passive, and feminine person, you can tune into Mars’ energy and symbolism to be more strong, willful, and assertive. Force and self-confidence can amplify with mindful intent.
  2. If you are a more dominant, forceful, and masculine persona, you can learn from Mars’ overexertion of aggression and combativeness to tap into the more positive aspects of the fiery planet. Passion, conscious action, and leadership.

Astrology and Tarot are intrinsically linked because they’re both divinatory systems, so you can find deeper insight and wisdom here. As swords are symbolic of air, consider your Mercury placement too.

3. Change your mindset

Positive self-talk coupled with optimistic thinking are needed when the 5 of swords appears on your journey. This tarot card is all about defeat and winning at all costs, so the only thing that may be holding you back is your mind.

Yes, physical limitations and restrictions are possible too, so make sure you examine and evaluate all your options. Don’t be unrealistic either- look at facts, practicalities, and real-life physical situations and setbacks.

However, a change in mindset and perhaps belief system might be what the cosmic doctor ordered. Everything begins with you, with your mind. You may not be God or immortal in a material-physical sense, but you do have great power.

You possess power to influence, create, and shape physical reality- your destiny and fate- with your thoughts and intentions. Consider:-

  • How you might not be seeing things from the right angle.
  • Embracing multiple perspectives, being open-minded and multifaceted like Gemini, the air sign ruled by planet Mercury.
  • Analyzing if you’re currently operating from a base (core frequency) of self-pity, pessimism, nostalgia, over-sentimentality, or holding onto past pains, grudges, and resentments.
  • Moving from past to future; old patterns and behaviors that kept you stuck, blocked, or repressed can’t produce new solutions!
  • Unseen physical factors like material restrictions and barriers preventing winning or victory.

4. Shadow Healing with the 5 of Swords (IN REVERSE):

  • As the 5 of Swords is generally a negative card, the opposite energy- 5 of Swords in reverse, stands for making amends, past resentments being cleared, and healing.
  • Reconciliation is on the cards if you strongly feel this message doesn’t apply to you, or if today’s cosmic message is serving as a reminder of a past situation or event.
  • If your gut is telling you this is a subconscious reminder of an old chapter, the message for you is: you are healed, you’ve cleared your karma, a tricky cycle or life chapter is behind you, resentments and trauma are being healed, and closure.

Come to Terms with Your Strength through Your Sorrow with the 5 of Swords; Embrace Your Wit, Intellect, and Higher Mind for Solutions:

Air symbolizes intellect, wit, advanced listening and communication skills, logic, cerebral power, cognition, perception, and the ability to see multiple perspectives. 5 is the number, in Numerology- another powerful divination system, of change.

5 represents movement, change, and transitions. Put these two themes together, and it’s clear that you’re being steered towards your highest potential today. Self-development is in order.


  1. Yin and Yang – Wikipedia
  2. What Does Mars Represent in Astrology (& in My Birth Chart)?, The Cut, Aliza Kelly