If you are feeling stagnant, unable to see any good going on around you - this is only temporary and with the Ace of Swords a change is coming and it will be swift.
The Page of Crows is an active and verbal bird - always cawing about something or at someone. The energy around this creature is one of action and moving an idea forward. With the Page in the past position, this denotes a time when you stood up for what was right, or when you spoke your mind to help a situation. It was from this moment of speaking the truth, despite any consequences that a foundation of integrity was instilled and plays an important role in how you approach the world today.
The crow stands by the water looking at the three cups that have spilled, it is consumed by feelings of loss and because of this pays no attention to the two cups that are still perfectly fine. They may have all just fallen over, it wouldn't matter to this bird. The Five of Cups is a reminder of what we focus on is what we see and because of this, we may not appreciate all that we do have.
At the heart of this spread and in the present position - the Five of Cups asks that although you may be consumed by something that you lost or are going through a difficult time, that you take a moment to appreciate something of value you have, whether it be a cherished possession or a strong relationship, or just the fact it is a sunny day and you have the ability to experience it at the moment. It will be your ability to shift out of the mindset of lack and scarcity and one to gratitude (even if it is just a little) that will help usher in a change.
The Ace of Swords is a sharp, fast-acting force, one that can break through any barrier. In the future position, this crow comes the message that you will have the courage and strength to overcome your current challenge.
The energy created during this time is one of clarity as you have found a place where your heart and mind are in alignment. With the Ace of Swords at your side, you will be able to see your situation from a new perspective, one that will provide opportunities to break out of your rut or free from anything holding you back.
The vibe I get here is one of temporarily losing faith, perhaps there was a disappointment around a situation where unethical practices led to disillusionment. With the Ace of Swords in the future, you will have the strength and courage to overcome this challenge and move on to a better more satisfying position, one that will be in alignment with your integrity.
"Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity." ~ W. Clement Stone