Five of Wands Imagery
Four wands cross, two lotus wands and two Phoenix wands. The fifth larger wand indicates imbalance or contradiction, and is decorated with an orb containing the mark of the beast atop the seven-pointed star of Babalon.
Five of Wands Associations
- Formula: Geburah of Atziluth + Saturn in Leo = “Strife”
- Numerical: Instability, Loss
- Elemental: Fixed Fire
- Decan of the Zodiac: 0º—10º Leo (Jul 22—Aug 1)
- Sephira: Geburah “Strength”
- Ruled by the Prince of Wands
Five of Wands Interpretations
Competition, combat, and force. Imagery in the Rider-Waite deck is of 5 young individuals fighting with wands. It has very much to do with conflicting egos (no thanks to Leo) but also carries the sternness of Saturn. Some decks refer to this card as horse-play, but from what I can tell the Thoth takes it in a more harsh tone given its seat in Geburah (the Sephirah associated with Holy War).
With this card expect opposition and conflict. Expect others retaliating to your actions or harsh conditions. The encouragement of the card indicates to stand up for yourself. Take action, there is no passivity in this card. I also see this card as a sign that you must retain dominance, in that, the four of wands was a source of power and celebration—now you must retain this by fending off the forces that want to go after what you’ve claimed/gained.
“Quarreling and fighting. Violent strife and boldness, rashness, cruelty, violence, lust, desire, prodigality and generosity; depending on whether the card is well or ill dignified.” 6
“Strife. Quarreling. Fighting. Competition. Cruelty. Violence. Lust and desire. May be prodigality or generosity according to dignity.” 5
“Strife. Geburah in the suit of Fire. Saturn and Leo. These Wands are of the Chief Adept or Caduceus, second Adept, or Phoenix, third Adept, or Lotus. Five double flames show balanced energy. This is purely active force.” 5
“Strife. Saturn in Leo. Geburah. The wands are the Caduceus, the Phoenix and the Lotus. Their disproportionate size indicates that, following the coordination of spirit, disunion has begun.” 5
Axank’s Dream Recall
My family and I were visiting a family friend. The house was very interesting. The layout of the house had rooms on different levels, yet very open, with purple walls and poor lighting. There was an older man there who initiated hand-to-hand combat with me. I did everything I could to use my martial arts to prove that I could win. I threw a lot of kicks and may have used a weapon.
In the traditional Tarot images there are five youth fighting in a court yard. The imagery of action and brute force is displayed by fighting, as was in this dream.