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Five of Wands Meaning - Tarot Card Meanings

By Tina Gong


5 of Wands Keywords

Upright Keywords Reversed Keywords
conflict, competition, arguments, aggression, tension, rivals, clashes of ego end of conflict, cooperation, agreements, truces, harmony, peace, avoiding conflict
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Five of Wands Meaning - Original Rider Waite Tarot Depiction

The Five of Wands Tarot Card Description

The Five of Wands depicts five men all holding their own wands and brandishing them up in the air. Like with most fives in the tarot, it is about some kind of disagreement that is facing the querent. This disagreement can either be taken to be as a sign of conflict between the men, or that all of them are simply enjoying the adrenaline rush of this conflict, and that the competition amongst them is of a good natured rivalry, not anger. The relaxed way in which they seem to be holding their wands gives a sense that this argument may be one of show rather than a fierce one.

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Upright Five of Wands Meaning

From the image on the card, the symbolism in the Five of Wands suggests that there is form of conflict in one’s life. This may be an existing conflict or one that is brewing and may eventually blow up in one's face. It may also depict a problem in communication, for example in a situation where no one really wants to listen to the other - meaning that no agreement or understanding takes place. The five men may signify problems in a group of people who are not patient enough to listen to what anyone else is saying. They only want to be heard, and since none of the others will listen, they all argue at once.

Much of this can be solved by the querent taking the first step to try and initiate communication in such a way that you suggest that everyone airs out what they have to say, one at a time. By doing this, you will be able to address the problem, and everyone will be heard. Meaning they’ll all be satisfied.

The Five of Wands can also mean that you are or will be facing competition in an area that you are not used to. This can be at work or school where you will meet people with the same abilities as you who pose quite a challenge - leading to feelings of jealousy, greed, and envy. This tarot card encourages that you accept the competition as a way for you to improve yourself without feeling any malice towards them. This means that you should learn how to cope with them in a civil way.

This tarot card encourages that you accept the competition as a way for you to improve yourself without feeling any malice towards them.

The Five of Wands meaning could also be a personal struggle that you are dealing with on your own. This can be on a number of issues that affect you, hence you need to address them and find a solution for them. You will need to identify where the problems are and offer a solution that will handle the case.

Upright Love Meaning Upright Career Meaning Upright Finances Meaning
competition between suitors, conflict between lovers, playful banter competition between colleagues, competitive work environment, conflict financial instability, conflicts about money

Upright 5 of Wands Tarot Love Meaning

Action is required of you now when it comes to your love life. If you’re single, you may find that the one you desire can have many suitors, and you may have to compete for their affection. Make sure not to be carried away by this, and become too forceful; this can discourage your potential partner instead of drawing them closer. Should you already be in a relationship, there may be some small conflicts. Beware that what initially starts off as playful banter can turn into explosive arguments when either of you are stressed. It’s likely the arguments here are not too serious. Nonetheless, they will require some lightheartedness to remember how inconsequential they actually are to your happiness. Keep things playful.

Career Meaning - Upright 5 of Wands

If you find the five of wands in this position, the conflicting and competitive nature of this card applies to your career. This might be a permanent condition as a result of your line of work. This card is common among people working in industries such as sales, banking, and athletes. If that is not the case and your job does not have a competitive element, it is likely a temporary state as a result of conflict over specific issues. You might be fighting against one individual for a raise or position. Regardless of the specific conflicts you face at the moment, you will have to contend with the egos of others. Thanks to the five appearing in the upright position here, it is clear that you are capable of defeating the challenges in front of you and banishing what is attempting to block your path. Remember, you are able to succeed, but you must fight for that victory.

Finances Meaning - Upright 5 of Wands

You might be in a time of financial instability if you see the five here. It is temporary, but you must battle your way out of it. This battle can be in the form of needing to work particularly hard or otherwise exerting significant effort to control your financial state. If your current state is not imbalanced, it might be that you are going to argue about money soon. This argument could be either with someone you love or with a stranger such as a clerk or a shop assistant. You might find that simple tasks such as making a return or getting reimbursed is stressful and rife with disputes.

Reversed Five of Wands Meaning

The Five of Wands reversed meaning can be that your natural method of dealing with disagreements is avoiding any kind of conflict by getting away from that place as fast as you can. Sometimes this can be regarded as a good thing, but other times, it may lead to a number of issues that are brewing up within you, for which you will have to address soon. On the other hand, it can also mean that you have worked through your troubles and that you do not have any more issues to worry about.

Reversed Love Meaning Reversed Career Meaning Reversed Finances Meaning
avoiding conflict, trying to keep peace in relationship, resolution competition or conflict at workplace is resolved, avoiding work conflict peace after financial stress, escalation in conflicts about money

Reversed 5 of Wands Tarot Love Meaning

Issues of how you deal with conflict can affect your relationships now. If you’re in a relationship, ensure that you haven’t been bottling up your resentments to avoid conflicts that the two of you need to have a smooth partnership. Eventually avoiding difficult conversations lead to an erosion of trust. Remember that every person has the right to their needs, and having needs does not make you any less lovable. If you’ve been doing the hard work of expressing yourself honestly with your partner however, you may find that misunderstandings are clearing up. What were once arguments may disappear once honesty and clarity have been achieved.

Career Meaning - Reversed 5 of Wands

A reversed five of wands here means that the conflict and competition which has been in your work-life recently is ending. It might be that you are moving to a less competitive industry or the environment around you is gradually becoming more friendly and relaxed. Regardless, this is a welcome change. It is a reprieve from your recent work conflicts that will allow you to invest your energy in other aspects of your life.

Finances Meaning - Reversed 5 of Wands

The reversed five of wands here has two potential meanings. The context in which the card appears is crucial as it indicates which of these two meanings applies to you. Surrounded by supportive cards, it can mean a turn away from financial stress. You have completed a battle against your own finances and are about to enter a more stable time. Without the support of other cards, it can mean an escalation in conflict over money with loved ones. In that circumstance, any debates you might be having with those around you about money are likely to increase and persist.

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