Card Profile: Five of Wands

Five of Wands is the only Tarot card that depicts a physical conflict; as such, it embodies disagreement, tension, competition, and conflict.



The Five of Wands illustrates a group of five men, wearing clothes of various patterns and colors, seeming to be fighting each other with the wands in their hands. Although they have started waving their wands, no one appears to been hit yet; but still, there is a depiction of chaos.
Different colors and patterns of the men’s clothes represent diverse backgrounds of the men; perhaps this is the source of the conflict. They seem to engage a fight without paying much attention to whom they are striking, symbolizing chaos and competition. Even though there is a possibility that there is no real intent of harming anyone, there is still a tension rising from the chaotic atmosphere of the card.
The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.
-Robert Tew


Five of Wands, represents conflict and tension standing on the way to pursue goals; and similar to other Fives, corresponds to a challenge or difficulty. Five of Wands suggests seeing that challenges as not the struggles for survival but opportunities to learn and grow through competition. A person represented by Five of Wands; thus, is a competitive a challenging individual; deriving pleasure from a discussion and teasing others. In the relationship context, this card indicates a “mating competition”; in other words, having to fight and beat others to attract one’s attention. In an established relationship, it calls for focusing on increasing the time spent together and not having the relationship competing with other aspects of one’s life. Career-wise, this card indicates a competition against people from different backgrounds or a tension at the workplace. For the latter, a possible solution might be transforming the strain into constructive challenges or into a cooperative discussion; therefore into an opportunity for expanding horizons.
All in all; Five of Wands indicates a situation where everyone speaks yet no one is heard. Hence, it calls for listening and closing the gaps between the sides of the conflict as beneath different patterns and colors, everyone; in fact, is same: Human.

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