Tarot Card meaning for the Five of Wands

In the Five of Wands, we see five young men challenging each other’s' strength with the Wands. There is an element of growth in this process and a sense of playfulness - unlike the five of Swords. Be mindful not to take it too seriously, but still learn from this process.

The Five of Wands as a day card

Today we might be challenged to show and test our strength amongst others. Who is challenging us, and what are they challenging us about? Is it helping us to grow and develop?
Reversely, we need to be careful that it doesn’t get serious, or that we are not just wasting time with this exercise in order to avoid doing other things.

Negative or reversed meaning for this card

The Five of Wands, could be a fantastic opportunity to test our strengths but it could also be a big waste of time and actually draining energy and resources. If the negative meaning applies, how can we change this card around? Or could we possibly walk away and use our energies much more wisely on things that are more productive?

How this card could present itself in real life

It might be hard to believe (if you have read many pages on this website) but English is not my first language, it is the language of my newly adopted home Australia.

When I first came here and learned the language, I had this fantastic teacher. Many didn’t like her because she was a strict English and humanities teacher. You would hand in your essay and get it back covered in red markings. You would hand it in again and you would get it back in red yet again. I played this game with her for several essays and I had to resubmit up to 14 times per essay, until the essay was good.

As I mentioned, I saw it as a game, it wasn’t done to hurt students, to tell them there work wasn’t good. It was meant to teach students to write, that is, if they were up to the challenge. This experience has and will stay with me for the rest of my life and needless to say the amount I learned about reading, writing and grammar was second to none.

How this card is represented in other Tarot decks

In the Crowley Tarot this card shows a tension between different wands as it does not have figures on their Minor Arcana cards I find for this card it is harder to fully see the meaning it is trying to convey.

In the Celtic Dragon on the other hand the playfulness element of this card is clearly shown in a beautiful image of two young people fighting after what appears to be a long day’s journey through nature. The full moon on the background highlights the unconscious lessons the young pair is learning from this exercise.

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