Five of Wands Artwork Description
“A posse of youths are brandishing staves, as if in sport of strife. It is a card of mimic warfare.” 1
Five of Wands Associations
- Five: Instability; loss; imbalance; struggle.
- Element: Fire.
- Timing: Summer; hasty; immediate/fast-paced.
- Direction: South/ubiquitous; spontaneous.
- Keywords: Passion, personal driving force; the arts, creative-source, hobbies; career/ambitions; personality/ego; travel, trade, and commerce.
Five of Wands Basic Meaning
The Five of Wands is about competition, conflict, and sometimes rebellion; A meeting of the minds: debate, argument. As a business increases—the competition sizes up. Advise to the Querent performance and perseverance at this time: ways to stand out above the crowd.
“A meeting of the minds through conflicts; debate; verbal conflicts that result in new ideas; competition; mental struggle; rebellion (check surrounding cards); delays and frustrations; difficulty deciding between will and desire.” 2
“Five similar young men with five wands battle among themselves. When you invest energy in a project, you often find that it develops and grows quickly in the early stages, but not in later stages. Like a small company just starting, or someone who runs for mayor of a small town, the lack of serious competition make success likely. But when that company gets big enough, or the little mayor wants to be a state representative, then winning becomes harder. More competition, or just stronger competition makes it harder.
The Five of Wands is about this moment when we find ourselves competing with others who have just as much clout and ambition. It predicts conflict and power struggles, inner doubts and fears. Like an athlete who stands out in high school, yet in college finds that he’s not so amazing or special, we can lose our passion and drive to succeed.
This is, as with all the fives, a blow to one’s pride. The question: ‘how can I stand out?’ The answer is to over come your fear of competition and be bold. This is not the time to retreat or play it safe. This is the time to pull out all the stops and do something different.
The querent should be advised that they’re looking at some stiff competition. The battle may be playful, a test rather than serious, but their performance could make a difference to their future.” 3
“Meaning: Imitation, as, for example, sham fight, the strenuous competition and struggle of the search after riches and fortune. Hence some attributions say that it is a card of gold, gain, opulence. Success in financial speculation.
Reversed: Litigation, disputes, trickery, contradiction. Quarrels may be turned to advantage.” 1
Axank’s Dream Recollection
October 10-11, 2011
It was… an interesting dream. The only connections to this card was the involvement of a knife <conflict/offensive connotations>.