Conflict and Defeat is a card that is connected to significant learning, defeat and surrender
Conflict and defeat is the card drawn today from, The Psychic Tarot Oracle Deck by John Holland. It is the 5th card of the suit mental from the Minor Arcana. This card is equivalent to the 5 of swords, in a traditional tarot spread.
The number 5 resonates with the vibration of; Personal freedom, unconventional, individualism, non-attachment, change, life lessons learned through experience, variety, adaptability and versatility, resourcefulness, motivation, progress, activity, experience, travel and adventure, sympathy and understanding, sociability and companionability, release and surrender, influence, sensuality, promotion.
When you see Conflict and Defeat, it means you best prepare for some stiff challenge if not a strong battle of some kind. Think long and hard before entering into a battle or engaging in hostilities with another for you have little chance of winning this one. Defeat is almost guaranteed and you may have to sacrifice a great deal. It would be best to cut your losses now and walk away, back out or surrender as the defeat experienced may very well be personally destructive.
With Conflict and Defeat, this could be a no-win situation you are involved in. In fact, you stand to lose more than you could ever possibly gain by continuing on a destructive course of action. Surrender is not always a sign of weakness but rather being wise enough to know your limitations in a particular situation. You have wasted enough time and energy already so find a new direction to take and one that will move you as far away from this unhealthy environment as possible. However, you will find that communication or negotiation issues will be present.
“This card could relate to a lack of sensitivity in response to conditions surrounding you. This need for sensitivity could relate to you or someone else in your life. Even though a battle can be won, its important to evaluate the cost and pain to both parties.” John Holland
Conflict and Defeat could also mean you may be the overall victor of a stupendous challenge which may have been internal or external. You have overcome not only your own limited self-belief but also the constant doubt and put-downs of others. No one believed you had it in you or would last the course but you did and now can show everyone your personal strength and superiority in this situation. The glory is all yours and your opponents can skulk away, envious of your position. They have had the power for too long.
Don’t assign blame, become deceitful, or set out to get revenge, for this could result in the negative energy becoming a part of you. Remember everything in your life is an opportunity for growth. You will need to make a decision about whether your point of view is so important to you that it is ok to put your relationship with others in jeopardy, or whether you can compromise and try to see eye-to-eye with others.
In regards to relationship, Conflict and Defeat would be a card for disagreement, dreadful rows, separation, and divorce. The conflict in a relationship represented by this card is pretty serious and certainly not just a superficial argument. In fact, there may be a pattern of conflict in the relationship with bullying being an issue as one partner forces his/her way on the other. Abuse of all kinds in the relationship may be a regular occurrence.
“In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.”
― Lao Tzu
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