The Five of Swords stands for self-interest, discord, and open dishonor. For the querent, the appearance of the Five of Swords card means that he is defining his interests very narrowly. This card is purely about self-interest, with its very narrow definition. This is about ‘I’ and ‘Me.’ Possibly, the querent’s view about self is his own body or personality, and interests related to that self.
Drawing the Five of Swords card means that the querent, or someone connected with him, needs to look at the larger view of ‘self,’ instead of defining it narrowly. The larger view would involve those we love. It would also involve others we are connected to in the larger perspective. We need to involve the world in our ‘self.’ There is a need to understand, and not ignore, this very basic fact.
Alternately, the appearance of this card may also imply the need to put your own interests first. This depends on the situation. If someone is taking advantage of you, you must get free. There comes a time when you need to take care of yourself first. You need to claim your dues.
Holding a larger view is the best solution all round.