Five of Wands Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
Fire, male active energy
Keywords and Phrases:
Petty obstacles, competition, differences.
Five of Wands Tarot Card Meanings
The Fives are the midway point of the numbered cards from Ace to Ten, so they can act like a pivotal tipping point where events can easily go one way or another, making them unstable and often of a temporary nature.
After the smooth sailing progression of events from Ace through Four, we now meet with opposing forces. The Five of Wands can indicate competition in work or business, internal rivalry and power struggles. This card can also indicate discord, so it may be difficult for people to find agreement as everyone seems to hold differing views.
The Five of Wands usually suggests petty obstacles where it feels as though it’s just one thing after another, but wearing rather than insurmountable. It can be a frustrating card to show that things won’t run smoothly or as easily as you would like, with situations of minor disruption and annoyances.
If reversed or ill-dignified, some accounts see a more serious turn to the above situations whilst others regard it as a breakthrough.
Similar or supporting cards: Three of Swords (conflicts), to some degree the Seven of Wands (standing your ground) although it tends to reflect scattered energy
Opposing or contradictory cards: Temperance (compromise)
Five of Wands Tarot Card Combinations:
Collectively, multiple Fives in a spread show instability. Fives can be temporary, so look for the following card to see how it plays out.
> Temperance: mediation to solve differences through compromise.
> The Star: problems or differences resolved.
> Hanging Man: can delay things but tends to suggest an alternative approach needed to move forward.
> Two of Swords: differences stop play, standoff with no change.
> Seven of Swords > Ace of Swords: if you handle the situation/people carefully you can triumph.
> The Tower: situation could get out of hand and lead to violent clashes, (may show riots and unrest on a larger scale against established authority if The Emperor/Hierophant present, Justice and King of Swords can also involve police, uniforms, etc.
> Ten of Pentacles > Three of Swords: family disputes leading to upheavals and upset.
> Eight of Pentacles (or Ace of Wands) > Five of Wands: can show stiff competition for a new post when before, or if it follows you meet with resistance once you start.
Five of Wands > Two of Cups > Two of Swords: relationship differences where no one is relenting, resulting in no movement or progress.
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