Moving on from the stability of the Fours, we reach the challenging Fives. The Five of Wands is about being pulled or pushed out of our comfort zone. The energy is unbalanced, and we have to make adjustments to regain our equilibrium. Change has come upon us, and we have to adapt to it or become overwhelmed and powerless. The Five of Wands jerks us out of the happy complacency we experienced in the Four.
Five youths dressed in brightly-colored tunics appear to be having a play fight with wooden poles (wands). They all seem to be taking part on an equal basis — no one boy is being singled out. The sky is blue, and they are standing on a grassy hillside.
When the Five of Wands shows up in a reading, be prepared for conflict. It isn’t serious, but it could develop into something more problematic unless you use your wisdom to deal with it. This card indicates such things as petty squabbles, unwelcome competition, and mild bullying. If you are directly involved in the arguments, then know that if you stop pushing, stop trying to prove a point and stop being so determined to get the last word, then your opposition will just fall over because you have removed the obstacle they were leaning against. Nothing is more frustrating to your “enemy” than just walking away because then there’s no-one to fight.
The Five of Wands can also act as a positive poke to get you to take action. Whether it be in business or in your personal life, this card serves as a warning that you need to make changes. Respond to change thrust upon you or deal with, and learn from the challenge that confronts you.
The reversed card can indicate a more serious situation; bullying that must be dealt with, a conflict that you cannot walk away from, or some challenging issue involving other people. Don’t bury your head in the sand; you should take action.
Interpretations in Various Areas of Life
It’s likely that you are up against another for promotion or are having to compete to have your voice heard. You have to use your wisdom and judgment of the situation to decide whether to forge onward and fight or to let this one go and walk away.
If you are hunting for employment, then know that you are just one of many after the same jobs. How can you stand out? How can you get your prospective employer to notice you among the others? You need a strategy.
When the Five of Wands appears in a relationship reading, it signifies bickering among couples or within families. It is usually not too much to worry about, but care must be taken that the squabbles don’t escalate into something more divisive. If you are at the beginning of a romance, then this may not bode well. If an established relationship, well, this could be how you conduct it – many couples squabble happily all their married life.
Should this card appear with the Emperor, then there may be issues with one person trying to control the other. If the Devil card shows up with the Five of Wands, then one or both may be feeling trapped in an unhappy marriage.
The appearance of the Five of Wands in a financial reading often means that there is a dispute over money or property. It is also likely that investments are not behaving well right now; perhaps the financial indices are volatile and unstable due to world events.
Check your budget; is your spending getting a little haywire and out of control? Bring it back to heel and re-do the budget to take account of the extra outgoings.
You could be overdoing it, trying to achieve too much. Perhaps a family visit is causing you to attempt the impossible? Ask for help, scale back your preparations and give yourself a little cosseting. Stress, conflict, and tension should be avoided.
Something or someone is causing you to doubt your beliefs. You resist the challenge, but you really should drop your defenses and listen to an alternative viewpoint.