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Upright: Conflict, disagreements, competition, tension, diversity.
Reversed: Inner conflict, conflict avoidance, tension release.
In the Five of Wands, five men appear to be fighting each other, using their wands as weapons. However, on closer observation, their wands are raised but are not striking or injuring anyone. It is as if there is no real purpose or outcome in this chaotic scene apart to create conflict and discord amongst the men. Each man is dressed in a different outfit, symbolising their diverse backgrounds and belief systems, and as a result of their differences, they are unfortunately unable to find harmony and a common ground with one another.
NOTE: The Tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider Waite cards.
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In the Tarot, the Fives typically represent conflict and change, and this is no different for the Five of Wands. This card indicates that you are in the midst of conflict, tension, and competition with others and it is impacting your ability to move forward with your goals. Rather than being able to work harmoniously with others towards a common goal, you are coming up against constant opposition and you are being challenged on your point of view.
With the Five of Wands, everyone is fighting to be heard and voice their opinions. But guess what? No-one is listening. When everyone has a different opinion but no-one is stopping to hear each other out, then conflict occurs and there are deep misunderstandings. If you are presented with this situation, you have an opportunity to rise above the chaos and disorder and take a moment to listen to what the others have to say. Even if you agree to disagree, the key is to listen to one another and allow each other to be heard and seen. And perhaps, in the process of being heard, their opinions may become softer and quieter. They may also give you the respect you're seeking and listen to your viewpoint.
Sometimes, this type of conflict and discussion can be very positive, such as in the case of group brainstorming and problem-solving. You need a positive environment where you can test your ideas and have them challenged, and improved, by others. You may benefit by establishing a working group, committee or mastermind group with other individuals who bring varying perspectives and experiences. Be open to this type of conflict and discussion as a positive contribution to improving the quality of your ideas and actions.
The Five of Wands also encourages diversity and differences of opinion. You may be in a situation where you are dealing with people from different cultures and backgrounds and may be struggling with accepting their way of living. Know that each person has something unique to bring to the table and that you will benefit by learning more about them and what they have to offer.
The Five of Wands encourages an enthusiastic approach to change. Change is coming whether you like it or not; however, your challenge will be in ensuring that everyone is on the same page and is focused on dealing with this change constructively and positively. Currently, there is scattered energy resulting from misdirected enthusiasm. Everyone has many ideas, but no one is there to bring them into one logical path forward. Your role may be in identifying a clear strategy and purpose that can be implemented by all involved.
The Five of Wands reversed suggests that you are facing internal conflict and are unclear on where you stand on important issues. You may be trying to work through your personal point of view on a number of external contentious issues such as abortion, immigration, globalisation or the environment, or you may be working through personal issues such as whether to stay or leave a particular relationship or job. At the same time, you have others around you who have strong views about what you should do and this, in total, is creating an enormous amount of conflict, tension and disagreement. Just when you think you have a clear point of view, you are challenged on that view or you discover new information, and you change your standpoint again. This process is highly beneficial and will help you to come to a well-researched and well-thought-out perspective. Know, too, that there is no right answer, and whichever path you do choose, someone is not going to agree with it. So, you have to find the most comfortable option possible that sits best with you. Align your head and your heart to find a sense of peace within yourself.
The Five of Wands reversed can suggest that you have the tendency to avoid conflict wherever possible. You may find that any tension or conflict makes you feel quite uneasy, and you wish it would just go away. So, you deflect a lot of that energy and just ignore the problem, if there is one. The trouble, however, is that in doing this, you may just be pushing some of your concerns to the side without really dealing with them or being assertive about them. Some conflict can be good, particularly if it is constructive and teases out the underlying issues in a way that then generates a better solution. Consider whether always avoiding conflict is the best way to go or if you are finding yourself just compromising on what is important to you.
The Five of Wands reversed is like a sigh of relief after conflict and struggle. You are no longer up against so much competition and can just ‘be.’ On more personal level, you have worked through your anger and hostility, and you feel more secure in your relationships. You do not have to constantly prove yourself anymore.