Weekly card to study is the Five of Wands
Esoteric Title: Lord of Strife
In the Five of Wands in Llewellyn’s Classic Tarot, we see four men and one woman, either raising or just holding their wands, ready to spar or fight one another or, is this just a snapshot during a competition. The one man in blue, seems to be (or want to be) the leader, but not all of the others are in agreement. The one in the green is not participating and he’s does not seem happy the way he’s looking at him; perhaps he’s green with envy. Notice only two wands have flowers, while the only woman, holds her wand directly in between their two wands, lending to sexual overtones.
Rider-Waite-Smith Five of Wands for comparison:
The Five of Wands card lies among the Minor Arcana, which represents day to day life and its ups and downs, challenges and opportunities.
The Wands suit is associated with the element Fire and represents our spirit, passion, desires, action, enthusiasm, will, goals, careers, projects, inspiration, adventure, expansion, and ideas etc. All things that you are passionate about.
Astrological Correspondences: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Golden Dawn Correspondences: Five of Wands is Saturn in Leo
After the stability in the fours, we are now being faced with challenges of the fives. We’re being forced or encouraged to adapt and adjust. But, change is not always a bad thing. Keywords: change, freedom, progressive, rebellion.
Competition, needed teamwork, conflict, debate, in fighting, challenges, rivalry, lack of leadership, sparring, tension.
- Mountain range: challenges to overcome
- High above ground: taking the moral high ground (this is my take)
- Women’s wand: represents the challenges women still face in a man’s world
The Five of Wands indicates a period when you may experience tension or conflict; this conflict could be internal or external.
This card suggest you may find yourself competing for what you want. You may be competing for a promotion or recognition at work, or competing for someone’s attentions in your love life. In addition, you may find yourself dealing with a rival. We experience opposition or challenges from time to time however, this strife could prevent you from moving forward. Therefore, this may be the time to rise above it all and take the high road.
If this struggle is internal, it could be that you’re putting pressure on yourself rather than it coming from outside forces. Perhaps you are expending far too much energy and this energy could be scattered. You may be so busy and your mind is all over the place, that you can’t even take a moment to thinks things through clearly, or realize that you may need to slow down. In other words, you’re fighting with yourself.
Whether it’s external or internal, the fives bring about change as well as adapting and adjusting; it’s how you deal with these changes, challenges, and tension, that will make all the difference.
There can be a positive side to the Five of Wands.
When people come together and debate issues civilly with the intention of working as a team, progress can be made and it can bring about change. Some say two heads are better than one, but I’ve always said that three heads are better than two. When you are open minded and have the ability to fully listen to diverse opinions/thoughts, you become more knowledgeable, more cultured, and more broad-minded. And in turn, you can become more tolerant and more accepting and hopefully you will see things from a different point of view.
In sports, games and contests, competition is healthy and can push you do to better and/or strive for more. The same could hold true if you’re a business owner.
At work, there may be a lack of leadership and in fighting has occurred. The team may be full of opinionated people, who are not willing to back down creating a tense atmosphere. This may be a good time for you to be assertive and take the lead and begin problem-solving instead. But, be careful that you are not the one, unwilling to listen to other’s ideas and thoughts.
Another possibility I mentioned above, is you may find yourself competing against another co-worker for a position or promotion; this colleague may or may not be a rival. This could be a cut-throat fight.
If you’re looking for a job, you may find yourself going up against stiff competition for the same job. Be certain to sell yourself and show your worth and prove that you’re skill trump the other candidates.
If you are in a relationship, this card indicates strife, conflict, and high tension. This could between you and your partner however, it could instead point to others in your lives such as in-laws, friends, or with your co-workers. You could also be fighting over petty annoyances with your family or your significant other, or you may even be quarrelling over wants and needs, goals and desires.
If you are single, you may find yourself competing for someone’s affection. Further, you may be having a difficult time meeting the right person or getting past the third date. A variety of reasons can be contributing to this such as internal struggles with a past relationship that has not yet been dealt with, or you’re busy with so many projects, you’re not emotionally or physically available. Take this time to ask yourself if any of these apply to you.
Note: Fortunately, these challenges in the Five of Wands are usually temporary.
Question to answer:
Am I open minded and do I listen other opinions, thoughts, and ideas?
How can I find common ground?
“Without an open-minded mind, you can never be a great success” – Martha Stewart
This is my interpretation of this card. It may differ from other Tarotists, and yours as well, and that’s okay. Please work to create your own card meanings; learning the Tarot is not about memorizing.
In addition, remember nuances of the interpretation may differ depending on the Querent’s question, the spread, the surrounding cards, and what your intuition may be telling you at the time.
The Tarot card above is from Llewellyn’s Classic Tarot by Barbara Moore and artist, Eugene Smith 2014 Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. 2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125. All rights reserved, used by permission.
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