Five of Wands
My self-study of Tarot continues with the Five of Wands. Or, as I just heard, “one-upmanship.”
Discord, disharmony, competition, arrogance, violence, disruption, combat, in-fighting, “ego on board” (and in control).
Notable: The number five is resonant with change; changing; movement in a different direction.
Wands, sprigs (leaves), earth, sky.
It’s the way in which the wands are raised that catches my eyes – and brings discomfort. There’s a feeling of upset that stands out from them; a feeling of disjointedness and a lack of solidarity. They read as weapons rather than symbols of growth.
Blue, green, gold, yellow, orange, red, brown.
It’s the various tones of yellow that stand out for me. Interestingly, I’m directed to the solar plexus chakra, which typically reads as a golden yellow.
The solar plexus chakra is the seat of our intuition, and so given what’s come up from the card (all ego-based) would be the polar opposite of intuition.
And perhaps that’s the point. Perhaps that’s why its stand-out-edness. It’s another example of the disharmony running rampant in this card.
What the Guide Says About the Five of Wands
“A posse of youths are brandishing staves, as if in sport or strife. It is mimic warfare, and hereto corresponds the Divinatory Meanings: Imitation, 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. Reversed: Trickery, contradiction, litigation, disputes.”
A good bit of this makes sense, based on what’s come up for me so far. What doesn’t make sense is the mention of “gold, gain, opulence.” That doesn’t resonate with me, at all. Well, except that oftentimes warfare is about greed.
What We Say About the Five of Wands
As the figures give the appearance of warfare, it may seem as though a battle ensues.
Open to another’s perspective without a battle of wills.
Argumentative nature rises forth.
Consideration of one way over a way which considers all.
Expression of ego.
Sportsmanship, whether fair or adversarial.
Triumph over another.
Shakedown or smackdown or showdown.
Initiation, perhaps as though by proving strength.
Championing the self over the collective.
“We are the champions…”
I Might Ask This Client…
“What or who are you struggling against?”
“How are you resisting change?”
What comes up for you around this card?