Golden Dawn title – Lord of Defeat
Divinatory meanings of Five of Swords
Loss, defeat, unfavourable outcome. (Bravery in the face of certain loss).
Mourning, Sadness, Affliction.
Losses, Trouble (same signification, whether reversed or not).
The First or Ascendant decan of Aquarius ruled by Saturn from January 20th-30th
Magical Image of the First Face of Aquarius in Picatrix
In the first face of Aquarius ascendeth the form of a prudent man, and of a woman spinning; and the signification of these is in the thought and labour for gain, in poverty and baseness.
Mathers sees defeat in the description of Picatrix in the limited thinking processes.