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Alternative Names:  Five of Swords, Five of Spades, Five of Crystals 

The Visconti, Marseille, Waite, and Crowley Tarot decks all title this card as the "Five of Swords." 

The Crowley Tarot also titles this card as "Defeat." 

The Voyager Tarot names the Swords suit as "Crystals" and titles this card "Negativity." 

In a deck of regular playing cards this is called the "Five of Spades." 

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The Way of Tarot: The Spiritual Teacher in the Cards.  By Alejandro Jodorowsky and Marianne Costa.  Translated by John E. Graham.  Interpretation of the Marseille Deck.  Rochester, New York, Destiny Books, 2009.  536 pages.  ISBN: 9781594772634.  Discussion and interpretation of the Marseille Tarot, Five of Swords, pp. 271-279.   

The Voyager Tarot: Way of the Great Oracle Book.  By James Wanless, 1989.  Book and Deck.  Discussion and interpretation of the Voyager Tarot, Five of Crystals, Negativity, pp. 162-164. 

Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot.  By Rachel Pollack.  Revised with a New PrefFive.  San Francisco, California, Weiser Books, 1980, 2007.  Index, bibliogrpahy, 354 pages.  ISBN: 1578634083.  This book uses the Waite-Smith-Rider 1909 Deck for analysis and interpretation.  Discussion and interpretation of the Waite-Smith-Rider Tarot, Five of Swords, pp. 258-259. 

The Crowley Tarot.  The Handbook to the Cards by Aleister Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris.  By Akron (C. F. Frey) and Hajo Banzhaf.  Translated from the German by Christine M. Grimm.  Stamford, CT, U.S. Games Systems, Inc., 1995.  222 pages.  ISBN: 0880797150.  I have found this book to be an extremely useful reference tool when doing an analysis of a card.  This is my favorite book on the Thoth Tarot.  Discussion and interpretation of the Crowley-Harris-Thoth Tarot, Five of Swords, Defeat, p. 160. 

Keywords for the Crowley Tarot.  by Hajo Banzhaf and Brigitte Theler, 2001.

The Book of Thoth (Egyptian Tarot).  Aleister Crowley, 1944, 1977.  

The Tarot Handbook: Practical Applications of Ancient Visual Symbols. By Angeles Arrien, 1987, 1997.  

The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals.  By Mark K. Greer, 2002.

Tarot Wisdom: Spiritual Teachings and Deeper Meanings.  By Rachel Pollack, 2008. 

Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot.  By Lon Milo Duquette, 2003. 

Learning Ritual Magic.  By John Michael Greer, Earl King, Jr., and Clare Vaughn, 2004. 

Jung and Tarot: An Archetypal Journey.  By Sallie Nichols.  Introduction by Laurens van der Post.  York Beach, Maine, Samuel weiser, Inc., 1980.  References, 392 pages.  ISBN: 0877285152.  VSCL.

Portable Magic: Tarot is the Only Tool You Need.  By Donald Tyson.  Woodbury, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications, 2006.  Index, bibliography, 230 pages.  ISBN: 0738709808.  VSCL. 

Tarot as a Way of Life: A Jungian Approach to the Tarot.  By Karen Hamaker-Zontaq.  Red Wheel, Weiser, 2007.  268 pages.  ISBN: 9780877288787.  VSCL.  

Learning the Tarot: A Tarot Book for Beginners   By Joan Bunning.  Weiser Books, 1998.  320 pages. 







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