The Five of Wands is the fifth card of the Wands suit. The Five of Wands is not a pleasant card and deals with conflict and sometimes aggression. The illustration shows five men fighting with wands, the victor, main aggressor or victim are all unclear.
Below, you will find details of the card meanings of The five of wands tarot card. But first…
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Five of Wands in a sentence
The Five of Wands represents competition, conflict and struggle.
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Five of Wands in a time-based position
Past – The Five of Wands in the Past position can mean that you are still thinking over something bad that has happened, possibly a long time ago. This could end in an argument, or a falling out. You might not even remember why it happened now. It’s come back to haunt you somehow, so you’ll need to find a way to iron out the issues. You might have gotten into an argument or disagreement with somebody in the past which is still relevant today; maybe it’s something you need to fix with that person or group.
Present – The Five of Wands in the present position means you may currently being going through a stressful period of your life. There might be some highly charged emotions being thrown around and you’re focusing on the negative or worst possible outcome. Don’t let your emotions get the best of you and lash out at the first opportunity. Now is a good time to avoid conflict in all forms. If you feel it is unavoidable, take control of your emotions and don’t let yourself go overboard and overreact too much.
Future – The Five of Wands in the future position suggests a period of time in the future when you’re going to regret what has happened. It can also suggest future conflict, sometimes unavoidable. What could possibly happen in future that could lead to conflict? Think about it now to prepare for the future. There is always going to be conflict and disagreement in our lives, no matter how relaxed and peaceful we are.
The Five of Wands in regards to life issues
Work / Education – The Five of Wands in regards to work or education means things might not be going well in either of these areas. Don’t worry, we can’t have good without bad. Things might feel so bad that you want to give up, but you can’t. Power through and do your best. If it feels like you’re fighting a losing battle, then you can still learn much, just don’t give up. It’s a game where the only losing move is not to play.
Romance – The Five of Wands in romance is a not a good sign. Things are taking a downward turn. You need to give yourself time to analyse the situation fully. Are you at fault? You can’t do worse than telling the truth. Is it your partner? You might need to think about the relationship as a whole and see if it can continue further. Remember that saints need sinners. Good implies bad.
Friends – The Five of Wands in regards to friendship means there might be a fracture in your friendships and arguments. A definite split might prompt you to feel the need to choose between two groups. If it’s nothing to do with you, follow your own feelings but try not to get involved.
Money – The Five of Wands in regards to finances reminds you to focus on what you have instead of what you don’t have. Every day we’re bombarded with an ideal lifestyle, which is something that nobody lives. Advertisements and TV shows, even social media give off an image that everyone else is living a better life than you. Be honest with yourself, do you even want these new things? Money can be put to a much better use.
Health – The Five of Wands can highlight potential negative thought patterns you’re having. Are you a pessimist? Sometimes we can’t change the way we think, but we can understand why we think them. There is all sorts of advice around saying you should keep a positive attitude. You don’t have to. Just don’t be overly negative. Understand that there is good and bad and they both happen to everybody. Physically, don’t comfort yourself with food and bad food. In the short term it can help, but only because it is an animal instinct. To conquer the past, you have to understand it.
Spirituality and Mentality – The Five of Wands in spirituality is a strong placement, as the past cannot be changed and remains solid. It’s good to think about the present as an expression of the past, and how you mould the present is what will affect the future. Something might have happened that has started to dampen your spirits. Spend some time alone and you’ll realise you’re just exaggerating it.
The Five of Wands in Reverse
Reversed cards can still signal negative aspects of life, even when the card itself is negative. In reverse, the Five of Wands can still represent conflict, but with yourself, rather than others. Do you still beat yourself up about something you’ve done? To move on in life, you cannot hold a grudge or keep thinking about a moment where you felt it all went wrong. Learn to accept everything that you have done, and that has happened to you.
However if you have recently had a falling out, argument or fight with somebody, then you can feel relieved; you’ll soon both make amends with each other.
Numerology of The Five of Wands
Five represents energy, unpredictability and change. Five has a grand occult tradition; Pentacles and the five Chinese elements. The Five of Wands strongly represents contest and competition. You might have to push yourself to succeed. Remember that your perceived limits of yourself usually fall far shorter of your actual potential. Expect some conflict and loss, but remember this brings about change which may be for the better. If you have many fives in a reading, it gives off a strong message that you’re in for some change very soon.
Keywords for the Five of Wands
Competition, struggle, conflict, challenge, uprising
Other associations of The Five of Wands
As a Yes or No question: No
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