Five of Wands Tarot Card Meanings

Pamela Coleman Smith, 1909

Five of Wands Keywords: Competition, Rivalry, Disagreements

Five of Wands Tarot Card Description

Five youths brandishing long sticks, or wands, appear to be fighting each other. However, it’s clear that they’re not actually hurting each other. This isn’t a serious conflict and nobody is getting hurt.

What The Five of Wands Means In A Tarot Reading

The Five of Wands disrupts the peace and harmony of the Four. Each of the Fives in the minor arcana of the Tarot brings uncertainty and change, and we see this clearly in the Five of Wands. Here we see disruption and chaos as the youths scuffle and wave long sticks in the air. But they’re not actually hitting each other. There is no physical violence.

This card is very often about competition, rivalry, and envy. You’re in a situation where your rivals are trying to push you aside. It might be that your workmates are envious of you and aren’t willing to pull together and work as a team. In family, or relationship readings, the Five of Wands can indicate rivalry and competition between different family members, or bickering and arguing between you and your partner. There’s nothing serious going on here. It’s nothing that can’t be worked through, but it’s annoying and disruptive all the same. These petty disputes will scatter your energy and aren’t productive.

The Five of Wands isn’t just about conflicts with others, however. This card will often come up in a reading when you are conflicted internally. These are times when you’re not sure what to do; what course of action to take. You don’t know exactly what you want and so you can’t move forward. Everything stagnates as you wrestle with your changing opinions, thoughts, and moods. Choosing a way forward is essential here if you’re to make progress. Choose a goal and stick to it – at least for now. Easier said than done, I know. When the Five of Wands appears, you’ll feel that you can’t choose a way forward because you just don’t know which way to choose.

The Five of Wands Love And Relationships Tarot Meaning

There’s a competitive streak in your relationship. This is one-upmanship where both you and your partner like to be right. Neither of you are good at letting things go and neither wants to be the one to back down.

A little healthy competition is normal in any relationship, but you should be careful here that your sparring doesn’t get out of hand. It’s very easy to seriously hurt your partner’s feelings and too many people then fall back on the excuse that it was just teasing or playful banter. If your conflicts are potentially harming your relationship (and even if they aren’t now, they probably will in the future), you both need to face up to the problems in your communication style and work together to develop a more mature way of being together, building a stronger relationship in the process.

The Five of Wands Career Tarot Meaning

The Five of Wands is indicative of a competitive work environment. This is not a team that is working well together. It’s clear that there is arguing and strife in the office. It may be that someone in your workplace is envious of you and disrupting your progress.

You will not be able to make progress in this work environment. Work will stagnate as the energies of the team are in conflict and work against each other.

In career readings, the Five of Wands usually refers to workplace conflict, but it may also be the case that your own internal conflict is halting your progress. Perhaps you’re not able to move forward because you’re afraid of making the wrong choice. Either way, unresolved conflict is holding you back.

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