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What does the Five of Swords mean?

September 11, 2016

Five of Swords -- RWS2.0Here is a pithy meaning for the Five of Swords:
Arguing with idiots is like playing chess with a pigeon. No matter how good you are, the bird is going to poop on the board and then strut around like it won.

Like playing chess with a pigeon” has become a common figure of speech that refers to the futility of trying to argue with a fool. It’s a rather modern invention, but it has precursors from centuries past. A while ago, I posted a Mark Twain quote with a similar connotation as a pithy meaning for the Five of Swords, and the following is another quote that expresses this sentiment and might also be used as a pithy meaning for this card:

“To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.” — Thomas Paine

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Note: Each of these pithy Tarot meanings is just one facet of its card. Find more of them on my Card Meanings page.  Also, get my Pithy Tarot eBook and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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