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The Five of Wands: Your Tea and Tarot Card for Today

--By Hyperion Night of Beanblossom's Tea and Tarot


The Rider Waite Smith Five of Wands Tarot card

The Five of Wands


Conflict. Problems. Competition. Making mountains out of molehills.


I have (or had) an arch nemesis. He was always one-upping me. Well, more like ten-upping me. He was hugely successful, and I hate to admit it made me crazy.


But here's the thing. He also spurred me to work harder, go deeper, take more risks. And though at the time I felt like he was making my life harder, he wasn't, not really. He made it better.


Competition can go too far. But the whole point of competing in sports is that competition pushes us to be our very best. It can do that in life too.


The Symbolism of This Card


Which brings us to the Five of Wands. Fives represent:

  • instability,

  • upsetting the balance,

  • challenges,

  • difficulties,

  • uncertainty,

  • and a new cycle.


Five can also represent:

  • freedom,

  • change,

  • and adventure.

In short, there's a lot of energy in this Tarot card.


On the Tarot card, we see five youths whacking each other with oversized, budding staffs. And while the chaos has the potential for black eyes and wounded egos, it's not a serious battle. In fact, AE Waite specified it can symbolize an "imitation" or "sham fight." When this card appears in a reading, it could indicate a conflict isn't about what you think it is, and might not be real at all. It may well be much ado about nothing.


How is conflict operating in your life? Is it helping or hurting or blown out of proportion?

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