Card Meaning: Five Of Wands

Five of Wands


   We see a group of five equally matched figures in the middle of the clash. It is obviously everyone against everyone situation. We can connect this image with everyday problems and obstacles that impair our progress. Every now and than our plans are unexpectedly challenged by many little things we don't expect. When little problems become numerous it can cause a significant strain on one's enthusiasm and energy. It is about setting priorities and calmy resolving issues one after other. Generally speaking we will hardly ever witness any great work done and finshed without obstacles on the way, The lesson of this card is to be prepared and not to lose calmness. Another theme of this card are opposing ideas. Maybe the strife is in our head. That is another point when we must set our priorities and see what is the best solution for ourselves and stop wasting energy on vacillation and procrastination.


Positive: almost there, resolving doubts, ask yourself what is it that you really want, discussion about creative endavour.

Negative: obstacles, strife, agitation, excessive competition, trickery, indecision, stress, engaging in the battle, annoyance.

   A posse of youths, who are brandishing staves, as if in sport or strife. It is mimic warfare, and hereto correspond the Divinatory Meanings: Imitation, as, for example, sham fight, but also the strenuous competition and struggle of the search after riches and fortune. In this sense it connects with the battle of life. Hence some attributions say that it is a card of gold, gain, opulence. Reversed: Litigation, disputes, trickery, contradiction.

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, by A.E. Waite

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