The Five of Wands

What does the The Five of Wands mean in a tarot reading

The Five of Wands

Five of wands tarot card

When you see the Five of Wands in a reading, be ready for some friction or competition in your life.

It can represent friendly rivalry or it can be a deeper conflict that is arising around you right now. The good news is that this is not a dire situation in your life, but it does indicate to you that you have to bring your ‘A game’ and keep on your toes in order to come out on top. Often this card will represent a need to be diligent in your actions at this time and make sure to cover your backside.

The combative nature of the Five of Wands indicates that there is strife in your physical world as well as your emotional. The people fighting on the front of the card indicate that there are multiple individuals in your life that you are at odds with. While there is usually one main person that comes to mind when this card is present, often there is also an overall sense of being overwhelmed or being attacked. It is a time of stress and needing to pull together all of your resources. You need to be sure that the people you bring close to you have your true intentions at heart.

The background of the card reveals a yellow sky – often interpreted as sunset or sunrise. This card can represent the beginning or the end of the strife in your life. Depending on the other cards around it, you may be headed for rocky waters. To know which aspect of this card is being represented turn to the future and the past cards of your reading and you should get a clearer idea of where you stand regarding this issue.

The same can hold true in relation to whether this card is a good or bad omen for you at this time. When paired with any cards concerning expansion or if you happen to have a lot of fire in your reading then it is likely more positive and indicates moving past conflict in order to make you grow stronger. Be wary of cards indicating stagnation, often seen with emotional cards like the Cups suit, because it can mean that you are deadlocked or that growth is limited right now.

The Five of Wands in Love With the Five of Wands in a reading concerning love it can be a negative sign for a relationship. It doesn’t denote breaking up necessarily as it is more about a struggle then an ending. Sometimes we must have difficult times in order to strengthen and gain resolve. All relationships are tested and at this time you are likely feeling the full force of that. Avoid running away or shutting down when conflict arises in a relationship that concerns love, friends, or family.

You are likely to find that right now you are being challenged by your partner and often the card will be seen when a couple has entered into a new phase of a relationship but the rules haven’t been established. Ponder on what ways your relationship is being tested and focus your attentions of meeting conflict head on with a healthy and well discussed solution. Snap-judgments are going to be a big problem with your relationships in this time. You can’t control the actions of your partner, but you can be responsible of yourself. Make an extra effort at this time to be a bigger person even if your partner is acting out, being emotional, or irritable.

Consider ways in which your own values are being challenged in regards to love. If you are looking for love understand that right now may not be the best time. Rather than fighting your path, try to realize what areas of your life need attention and care. This is likely a time for you to straighten out your own problems in your life or emotionally so that you don’t drag them into your next relationship. You want to be able to enter your next relationship with open arms and an open heart. Love will find you when you are truly ready, not when you think you are.

The Five of Wands in Health Because this is a card of strife, it is often not a good sign when in a health reading or a position of your reading relating to wellness. Usually it will appear when you are going through a struggle with your health or as an indicator that you are putting your energy into the wrong areas of your life. If you are having a lot of medical troubles right now that seem to be confusing doctors (such as in the case of fibromyalgia, intestinal pain, or generalized anxiety issues) then you may be well-served to try a different avenue such as homeopathic, chiropractic, or natural medicine.

The card also serves as reminder for you to stay strong and focus on the positive. If you are heading into surgery or need a medical procedure done, be forewarned that you may have a struggle ahead of you in regards to getting back on your feet. Remember that this is not a card that carries dire consequences. It is not a bad omen or anything for you to be particularly worried about. Rather, do your best to stay positive even through darker times. It is okay to be worried because that shows concern. However, you want to be careful to give into excess anxiety. Over analyzing every symptom or utilizing WebMD like sites where you get too much information is likely to drive you crazy. Reign in your emotions at this time and focus on the end goal. It may be helpful to utilize meditation techniques such as envisioning the healthy outcome you want as a reminder of where you would like your health to be heading.


The Five of Wands in Work and Wealth  The Five of Wands often shows itself in a work or financial reading when there is someone or something to be distrusting of. In this area of your life the strife of the card is usually not as direct as it is in other aspect. Be leery of being given false information especially at work. Now is a time to be on your guard. Likely you have a hidden enemy. This doesn’t mean that you should be paranoid about everyone around you, but you do have to be extra careful about crossing every T and dotting every I. You don’t want to have something come back on you because you were relying on someone else or give them the chance to put the blame on you.

Financially speaking it is also important to be extra careful with your money. The card can be a sign that a company or business is going to be headed for financial troubles and is especially indicative of troubles with bookkeeping or tax issues. Take time to go over your finances and ensure that everything is in order.


Reversed Meaning - Five of Wands In the reversed position the Five of Wands indicates that you are coming out of a period of struggle. Some will say that there are still tensions while others state that the pressures in your life are being dispersed. You are likely to still feel the effects of a stressful time and even holding on to negativity. When this card comes up in the reversed position it is a good time to purge the bad and let go of negativity that you are holding on to. It signifies the end of strife, which can be good. However if there was a lack of closure for you – such as in the case that someone broke up with you, you were fired from a job, or something was taken away from you – then you are faced now with the negative consciousness associated with this loss. It is easy to dwell on things that have already happened, to wish that a situation was different, or focus on what you could have done differently. It doesn’t help though as what has happened has already happened and we can’t change the past. Learn from your own mistakes and work on forgiving others of their own short comings. No one is perfect and even from huge blunders in our life there is often a lesson to be learned. 

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