Five of Wands
A description and interpretation of the role of The Five of Wands in the Tarot
In a nutshell...
fear of conflict
lack of confidence
Let's just face it: the Five of Wands does not have an excellent reputation in the cartomancy community. The card is usually associated with conflicts and adversity that the seeker will have to overcome in their quest for personal fulfillment. On the other hand, I prefer to highlight the beneficial aspects of a card that can result in profound change.
The contentious character of the Five of Wands can easily be explained by numerology. First, note the central position of the figure 5, perfectly equidistant from the Ace of Wands and the Ten of Wands, these two cards limiting this arcana. The five is therefore a breaking point, it is a switch that allows you to cross back and forth over the border.
In one of the most popular versions of the Tarot, the Five of Wands features two groups of two sticks arranged in a cross. A central vertical stick completes the structure. This specific positioning makes sense, as the cross recalls the conflicts the seeker has traversed and the middle part their resolution.
Note how the stick flows from the lowest part of the card to its top, suggesting a certain balance between accepting the material realities of life and the desire for spiritual elevation. The card's blue, red and yellow colors convey the same idea of harmony.
When you become angry know that it is your own judgment that has made you angry.
from an emotional viewpoint
When analyzed for a reading emphasizing the love life, the Five of Wands is not necessarily the happiest omen. For singles, it sometimes means a one-sided love or that the person they yearn for is not accessible at the moment. In a couple, the arcana often refers to misunderstandings and silences that affect the quality of the relationship. It feels like daily life is too burdensome and it is not uncommon for tension to mount for no apparent reason.
from a career viewpoint
It goes without saying that the quality of the relations maintained with their colleagues play a preponderant role in the seeker's professional development. However, the Five of Wands testifies to the existence of conflicts and rivalries within the team, each member wishing to push their own qualities forward. Restoring communication will play an important role in calming the situation. In the end, nobody wants to feel they've got to drag themselves to work.
from a life path viewpoint
One of the great lessons of the Five of Wands lies in its ability to make us aware of the virtues of change. Although you'll sometimes be affected by conflicts, these need to be viewed as fundamental stages to be traversed in your life. They allow you to refocus on yourself and take time to examine your situation. Once you succeed in overcoming them, you will inevitably have a richer daily life.
In the short term, the Five of Wands is a reflection of this period of conflict that you are currently going through. It is particularly difficult to manage and tends to discourage you. By succeeding in overcoming it, however, you will be able to return to the path of life feeling like a new person, proud of your values, aware of your qualities and motivated to achieve your goals.
In the long run, the Five of Wands reminds you that the life of a human being is subject to twists and turns. Your mindset inevitably changes during your life and it is perfectly normal to sometimes face obstacles, even ones that might appear unscalable. Your strengths will always allow you to overcome them.
Interpretation of The Five of Wands upright
The most common analysis of the Five of Wands drawn upright is crystal clear. It reflects a period of conflict, in which the seeker is experiencing real difficulties in moving forward and enjoying the pleasures of life. These dissensions are affecting them deeply and having a lasting impact on their mood.
For the moment everything seems to be at odds, as if everything had decided to gang up against the seeker's self-fulfillment. Everyone has experienced those difficult periods when nothing works as well as usual: when work is really boring, when finances are at their lowest, or when relationships are suffering from latent tensions.
Keep in mind that this situation is perfectly natural and far from irremediable. Although it obviously reflects the seeker's feeling of dissatisfaction, it will also allow them to take stock of their life and implement an effective action plan.
Interpretation of The Five of Wands reversed
When the Five of Wands appears upside down, it is once again a question of conflict. The conflict will, however, be more likely to be internal for the seeker and will not express itself as clearly as in the case of an upright draw.
Faced with a real Sophie's choice, the seeker will find it really difficult to understand what is happening and serenely find a way to face it. For example, the problem may be a career choice - a new job opportunity, a transfer, the resumption of studies - or a decision in the emotional field.
Sometimes the inverted Five of Wands is a reflection of the seeker's fear of getting involved in a conflict. By never sharing their frustration or their points of view, they deny what they really are and seem to renounce their values. The situation is not ideal if they want to be in harmony with themselves.