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Five of Wands Tarot Card Meaning

Five of Wands Keywords

UPRIGHT: conflict | disagreements | tension | competition

REVERSED: inner conflict | conflict avoidance | releasing tensions

Five of Wands Description

The Five of Wands depicts a scene of apparent conflict, with five men brandishing wands as if engaged in battle. Yet, upon closer inspection, it becomes evident that their actions are uncoordinated and aimless, with no real contact or harm being inflicted, hinting at a struggle without a clear goal or resolution. This lack of purposeful aggression suggests that the conflict is more about clashing egos or competing interests than any substantive dispute.

The varied attire of the individuals represents a diversity of perspectives and experiences, contributing to the strife and misunderstanding among them. This diversity, rather than enriching the group, leads to discord and a failure to reach accord or understanding. The card illustrates the challenges of unresolved tensions and the chaos that can arise from a lack of cooperation and mutual respect, highlighting the need for communication and the acknowledgment of differing viewpoints to overcome collective disarray.

NOTE: The tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider-Waite deck and Decoding The Cards

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Five of Wands Upright

When the Five of Wands appears in a reading, it indicates tension and strife. This can manifest in several ways, from irritable individuals looking to start a conflict, to friends or co-workers involved in disputes that have reached a boiling point. There may be no apparent purpose to the argument other than simply arguing. 

The Five of Wands can also represent a situation where there are conflicting opinions, and no one is willing to compromise, thus resulting in an impasse. 

The Five of Wands often warns of a person or situation that is confrontational and aggressive. Try to step back and de-escalate the situation to make progress and get everyone working together again.

Five of Wands Reversed

When the Five of Wands is reversed, it can mean that the tensions have died down and an understanding has been reached. Whatever conflict has been present may be resolved or at least brought under control. This can bring about a new level of cooperation and productivity.

Alternatively, it may indicate that the quarreling parties are in danger of reaching a state of apathy where no one takes any further action. In this case, it may be that passionate and earnest effort is needed to move the situation forward.

The Five of Wands reversed may also mean you are blocking yourself from exploring new opportunities due to fear and uncertainty. You must take a risk and put yourself out there to make progress in your life.

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