When the 5 of Swords appears, you are likely to find yourself with some mixed feelings about life in general and about a few people in particular. Don't ignore these, but don't feel like you have to speak every word you're thinking and feeling either, as you could ruin the very things that you want the most - such as close, intimate relationships with your friends and lover. Think several times before you really let someone have it even if they deserve it. Pick your battles.
In general, the 5 of Swords can indicate that someone you care about may be away for a while. Don't get too possessive if that's the case. Assume that they will be coming back to you. The 5 can indicate conflicts, both external and internal. Don't escalate conflicts unnecessarily. Think before you act.
Career & Employment
In the context of work, the 5 can show that you may be your own worst enemy. Don't expect the entire system to be changed just because you believe it should be different. How you speak your mind is as important as what you say. There may be some unfairness at play in your work world. Be sure that your behavior is impeccable.
Love & Relationships
Unfortunately when the 5 of Swords appears in the context of love, conflict is a near surety. Things may not work out as you would hope with a love relationship. Think calmly and carefully about what your deal-breakers are in a relationship. Be honest with yourself first, then be honest with your beloved. Accept reality.
Finances & Income
There is a need for caution and restraint in relation to money when this card appears. Draw on your ingenuity when necessary, when it comes to money. Are there things you don't need that you can sell? Can you cut expenses any further? Above all, don't give up. Don't be too proud to ask for help if you need it. Help is always available.
Mental & Physical Health
You're likely to be under stress from a combination of factors, so it's particularly important when this card appears to be gentle with yourself. If you're angry, allow yourself to express it (safely and carefully) rather than turning your anger and sorrow on yourself. Rest and relaxation is crucial. Worry and guilt are useless. Let them go.
Even if you have suddenly found the spiritual answers that you've been looking for your whole life, remember that they are your answers and not everyone else's. You don't need to convert anyone else to your way of thinking. The 5 of Swords can also indicate a sudden break from spirituality that no longer works for you. Give yourself time and space to find new answers, if that's the case.