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Top 10 Tarot Cards for Conflict and Tension

By December 11, 2013 September 22nd, 2022

In an ideal world, our relationships with others would be harmonious, loving and supportive, right? We'd all get along without any major drama or trouble.

But sometimes, relationships become tainted with conflict, tension and arguments. It's not a good feeling, but unfortunately it is the reality in many relationships.

So if you're doing a Tarot reading on a relationship with a partner, friend, family member, colleague or acquaintance, how will you know if it will be a challenging relationship?

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Look out for these top 10 Tarot cards for conflict and tension.

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Five of Wands

The ultimate conflict card! Everyone is shouting and wanting to be heard, and there are so many different opinions being thrown about. But no-one is listening. It leads to a total break-down of communication and no forward movement.

Seven of Wands

It doesn't matter what you say or do, you constantly feel under threat of being attacked or taken down. Every word that comes out of your mouth and every action you take seems to trigger a response in someone else and you find yourself either having to defend yourself constantly or having to step on eggshells to keep the peace. Not a good feeling.

Five of Swords

The conflict in the Five of Swords is the worst type of conflict. You have just fought tooth and nail to be the ‘winner' or the one who is deemed to be right. But what you have ignored is that no-one has really won here and instead you have lost a lot of trust or worse, an entire relationship. Time to pull your head in and apologise.

Two of Swords

The Two of Swords is symbolic of passive-aggressive types of conflict. The type where you say nothing, but you become a stick in the mud or you become extra difficult when others want to move forward. This card also indicates a stalemate – a point at which you cannot move forward because you fundamentally disagree. Why not agree to disagree instead, and just move on?

Three of Swords

A nasty type of conflict. The type of conflict where you say hurtful things to one another to purposefully inflict emotional pain. Your words are particularly cutting and leave a deep scar in the heart of your opponent. If you are the target, you will need to learn to not take it so personally and to put up a wall between you and the other person.

Nine of Wands

You might be beaten down by conflict but you're not giving up. The Nine of Wands is a sign of perseverance, even in the aftermath of a significant argument or falling out. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.”

Temperance reversed

Temperance upright is typically a card of harmony and balance, but when reversed, we see that harmony give way to conflict and tension. Increase stress levels contribute to a feeling of being out of sync with oneself and others. There may be excess, also leading to excess tension and inner conflict. Look to how you can bring greater balance back into the picture.

Two of Cups reversed

What was once a beautifully connected relationship is now an all out war. You no longer see eye-to-eye and you are coming to the realisation that in fact you and the other are very different. It's like you're from a completely different planet. There's just no meeting in the middle anymore.

Chariot reversed

This reminds me of the giant walruses doing battle with one another in those David Attenborough documentaries. Two headstrong, determined people going head-to-head with one another. No-one is backing down – it's game on.


Absolute destruction and chaos. There's no holding back in this type of conflict when the Tower energy is present. You are going to rip each other to shreds until there is nothing left. Let's just hope you both stick around long enough to see the new perspectives rise up out of the rubble. Be prepared to shift your perspective significantly as a result of this conflict, and see the world in a completely different light.

What Tarot cards do you associate with conflict and tension? Leave your comments below.


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