A fellow steals away from a battlefield encampment. He is carrying five swords and leaving behind two. He seems very pleased with himself by the smirk on his face. Clearly he feels he’s getting away with something.
Many feel this is the card of betrayal. There’s trickery afoot. The question then becomes are you the one who feels betrayed or are you the fellow in this picture who has betrayed? Time to come to terms with this and make amends or let it go, depending on your position.
Others, like myself, see this as the card of strategy since swords in Tarot have to do with thoughts, the workings of the mind and stratagems. Notice the fellow is bringing five swords and leaving two behind. He knows what to take with him and what to let go of. He is thinking strategically.
Is there an area in your life where you need to re-assess and keep what’s working while leaving behind what isn’t? Think strategically, be a boss, and make the tough decisions. Clear thinking cuts through any ounce of sentimentality. You’ll be glad you did.